Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Cultural lag is adaptive lag

The term cultural lag refers to the notion that culture takes time to catch up with technological innovations. It is an old and well-established phenomenon.

Cultural lag is a form of adaptive lag - and adaptive lag is a common feature of co-evolving systems. Overall, it seems like a nice correspondence between cultural and organic evolution.

Just as Darwin sought evidence for organic evolution in its imperfections, so imperfections in cultural evolution are fertile ground for those following its tracks.

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