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Some Cognitive Origins of Cultural Order

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The nature of cultural organization remains an open anthropological question. Although we eschew any simplistic global reductionism, here we argue that three organizational features of culture, its systematicity; the recurrence of distinctions across semantic, conceptual and practical boundaries; and the 'bleeding' of properties between associated concepts, may find their origin in fundamental operating principles of the human mind: respectively, the cognitive principle of relevance, the decompositionality of cognitive processing and the network structure of semantic memory. The reframing of some features of culture in cognitive terms may open up some ethnographic observations, so far resistant to anthropological explanation, to new avenues for theory and relevant data from other disciplines.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Psychology, University of Michigan, 530 Church Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1043, USA; 2: Department of Psychology, University of Michigan, 530 Church Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1043, USA; Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1043, USA; Culture and Cognition Program, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1043, USA; Department of Anthropology, London School of Economics and Political Science, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE, UK

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