A vast repository of information learned and passed down from previous generations
topics: cultural evolution
With this perspective, you can begin to think of yourself as not just a product of your genes, and not just a product of your personal experience, but also as one of many members of your culture who collectively contain a vast repository of information learned and passed down from previous generations. This makes you part of something larger than yourself. The information has not just been passed down, but it has also been winnowed through the generations, leaving us with a set of beliefs and practices that helped us to cohere as groups.
— David Sloan Wilson, 2019
From the book This View of Life: Completing the Darwinian Revolution