Luca Cavalli-Sforza

Biological Evolution, Cultural Evolution Publication date : September 30, 2005

What is the relation between biological and cultural evolution?
Luca Cavalli-Sforza’s new book, at the crossroads of several disciplines, offers a wide-ranging panorama of evolution and describes the parallels between its various aspects. Cavalli-Sforza argues that mechanisms such as mutation, natural selection and migration, which play an important role in the evolutionary process, can be compared with one another.
This radically new approach, which diverges from an exclusively genetic model, leads us to question such notions as cultural differences, national cultures and the existence of human “races”.
Luca Cavalli-Sforza explores here a new and growing area of research, which deals with a number of controversial issues.

Luca Cavalli-Sforza, an internationally renowned expert in genetic diversity, is a professor of genetics and head of the genetics department at Stanford University. He is the author of Gènes, peuples et langues and of La Science du bonheur, published by Editions Odile Jacob.