Wired for Culture Origins of the Human Social Mind

ISBN-10: 0393344207

ISBN-13: 9780393344202

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Authors: Mark Pagel
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Description: A unique trait of the human species is that our personalities, lifestyles, and worldviews are shaped by an accident of birth—namely, the culture into which we are born. It is our cultures and not our genes that determine which foods we eat, which languages we speak, which people we love and marry, and which people we kill in war. But how did our species develop a mind that is hardwired for culture—and why?Evolutionary biologist Mark Pagel tracks this intriguing question through the last 80,000 years of human evolution, revealing how an innate propensity to contribute and conform to the culture of our birth not only enabled human survival and progress in the past but also continues to influence our behavior today. Shedding light on our species’ defining attributes—from art, morality, and altruism to self-interest, deception, and prejudice—Wired for Culture offers surprising new insights into what it means to be human.

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List price: $18.95
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/11/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

Preface
Introduction: The Gamble
Mind Control, Protection, and Prosperity
Prologue
The Occupation of the World
Ultra-sociality and the Cultural Survival Vehicle
The Domestication of Our Talents
Religion and Other Cultural "Enhancers"
Cooperation and our Cultural Nature
Prologue
Reciprocity and the Shadow of the Future
Green Beards and the Reputation Marketplace
Hostile Forces
The Theatre of the Mind
Prologue
Human Language-The Voice of Our Genes
Deception, Consciousness, and Truth
The Many and the Few
Prologue
Termite Mounds and the Exploitation of Our Social Instincts
References
Bibliography
Index
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