Mark is based in Reading UK. His home page is here.
He's working on a book on the origin of culture called: Wired for Culture - Origins of the Human Social Mind. Amazon say it will be out in early 2012.
There's more from me on this blog about this book here.
Infinite Stupidity - Mark on idea evolution and the domestication of humanity
How language transformed humanity
The Origins of Innovation
The Rise of the Speaking Machine - Human Language Evolution
The Cultural Survival Vehicle
Wired for Culture: The natural history of human cooperation
Group selection debate (no memes)Cities as gardens (no memes) Interview: Mark Pagel and the origin of the species Mark Pagel and Wired for Culture on this blog I note that Mark isn't technically correct about the role of randomness in cultural evolution in his (interesting) "Infinite Stupidity" video. Cultural evolution can use linear programming, extrapolation and other non-random search techniques for exploring solution space. Mark's idea seems to be Donald Campbell's "Blind Variation and Selective Retention" (BSVR) thesis taken to an unrealistic extreme - though he doesn't cite Campbell, Cziko, or anyone else who has weighed in on this issue.