Not by Genes Alone: How Culture Transformed Human Evolution by Robert Boyd, Peter J. Richerson

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By Robert Boyd, Peter J. Richerson

People are a extraordinary anomaly within the wildlife. whereas we're just like different mammals in lots of methods, our habit units us aside. Our remarkable skill to conform has allowed us to occupy almost each habitat in the world utilizing a tremendous number of instruments and subsistence suggestions. Our societies are better, extra complicated, and extra cooperative than the other mammal's. during this gorgeous exploration of human edition, Peter J. Richerson and Robert Boyd argue that just a Darwinian conception of cultural evolution can clarify those special characteristics.

Not by means of Genes Alone bargains an intensive interpretation of human evolution, arguing that our ecological dominance and our singular social platforms stem from a psychology uniquely tailored to create advanced tradition. Richerson and Boyd illustrate right here that tradition is neither superorganic nor the handmaiden of the genes. particularly, it truly is necessary to human edition, as a lot part of human biology as bipedal locomotion. Drawing on paintings within the fields of anthropology, political technological know-how, sociology, and economics—and development their case with such interesting examples as kayaks, organisations, smart knots, and yams that require twelve males to hold them—Richerson and Boyd convincingly display that tradition and biology are inextricably associated, and so they convey us the way to take into consideration their interplay in a manner that yields a richer realizing of human nature.

In forsaking the nature-versus-nurture debate as essentially misconceived, Not by way of Genes Alone is a really unique and groundbreaking thought of the function of tradition in evolution and a e-book to be reckoned with for generations to come.

“I stay shocked by means of the variety of expert humans (many of them biologists) who imagine that providing factors for human habit by way of tradition by some means disproves the advice that human habit might be defined in Darwinian evolutionary phrases. thankfully, we've got a e-book to which they're directed for enlightenment . . . . it's a e-book filled with solid feel and the categories of highbrow rigor and readability of writing that we've got come to count on from the Boyd/Richerson stable.”—Robin Dunbar, Nature

Not through Genes Alone is a useful and intensely readable synthesis of a nonetheless embryonic yet vitally important topic straddling the sciences and humanities.”—E. O. Wilson, Harvard University

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Books dominate her life. She entertains the young clerk, Leon, with the fashion magazines she has brought along. He “sat beside her and they looked at the engraved plates together and waited for each other at the bottom of the page. Often she would ask him to read her some poetry. . ” When a certain novel starts a fashion for cactuses, he buys some for her in Rouen. The book overshadows all and directs much of the course of events for those who immerse themselves in it. This gives rise to a dependency on fiction, to a kind of addiction, to a devaluing of the life into which one was born and a hunger for a life of luxury, of a higher stratum.

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