Special Issue "The Role of Information in Cultural Evolution"

A special issue of Entropy (ISSN 1099-4300). This special issue belongs to the section "Information Theory, Probability and Statistics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 April 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Vanessa Ferdinand
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Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC 3010, Australia
Interests: cultural evolution; computational cognitive science; natural information processing; philosophy of biology
Dr. Sarah Marzen
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Keck Science Center at the Claremont Colleges, Claremont McKenna Colleges, Claremont, CA 91711, USA
Interests: biophysics; machine learning; bio-inspired computing; information theory
Dr. Helena Miton
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Santa Fe Institute, 1399 Hyde Park Road, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
Interests: computational social science; cognition; cognitive anthropology; cultural evolution; historical dynamics
Dr. Noga Zaslavsky
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Guest Editor
Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139-4307, USA
Interests: information theory for cognitive systems; machine learning; computational cognitive science; computational linguistics
Prof. Dr. Martin Hilbert
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Department of Communication, GG Computer Science, University of California, 370 Kerr Hall, 1 Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616, USA
Interests: computational social science; digitalization; algorithmification; complex social systems; international development; United Nations; computational mechanics; social change; mathematical theory of communication
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Cultural evolution is an information processing system at two levels. At the micro level, culture is sustained by the information-processing capabilities of cognitive agents who are able to perceive, process, and reproduce the information found in cultural artifacts and behaviors, such as technology, language, music, and art. At the macro level, culture is an evolutionary process that discovers and stores information about good solutions to hard problems that humans and animals face as they struggle to survive in the world.

We welcome original research articles and reviews that focus on the role of information in culturally evolving systems and populations. We will consider all examples in humans, animals, and artificial information processing systems that transmit observable behaviors or artifacts that change over time, simulations or mathematical models of cultural evolution, and any reviews or philosophy of biology treatments of the following topics:

  • The information content of cultural artifacts and its transmissibility;
  • The role of cognitive biases and cognitive information processing in cultural evolution;
  • The emergence of replicators or high-fidelity cultural transmission;
  • Demonstrations of optimal compression in cultural artifacts, such as semantic systems;
  • Information-theoretic approaches to language evolution;
  • Social learning processes and the emergence or retention of cultural information;
  • Information flow or diffusion in real-world networks of evolving cultural artifacts;
  • Collective information processing in groups, institutions, or networks of agents;
  • Information-theoretic approaches to creativity, novel variation, or design space exploration;
  • Any treatment of cultural evolution as an information processing system.

Dr. Vanessa Ferdinand
Dr. Sarah Marzen
Dr. Helena Miton
Dr. Noga Zaslavsky
Prof. Dr. Martin Hilbert
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • cultural evolution
  • computational social science
  • information flow
  • replicators
  • optimal compression
  • cultural information

Published Papers

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