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Evolved Apprentice How Evolution Made Humans Unique

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ISBN-10: 0262016796

ISBN-13: 9780262016797

Edition: 2012

Authors: Kim Sterelny

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Over the last three million years or so, our lineage has diverged sharply from those of our great ape relatives. Change has been rapid (in evolutionary terms) and pervasive. Morphology, life history, social life, sexual behavior, and foraging patterns have all shifted sharply away from other great apes. No other great ape lineage--including those of chimpanzees and gorillas--seems to have undergone such a profound transformation. In The Evolved Apprentice, Kim Sterelny argues that the divergence stems from the fact that humans gradually came to enrich the learning environment of the next generation. Humans came to cooperate in sharing information, and to cooperate ecologically and…    
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Book details

List price: $37.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 1/27/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 264
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Kim Sterelny is Professor of Philosophy at Australian National University and Victoria University of Wellington. His books include Language and Reality (with Michael Devitt; second edition, MIT Press).

Series Foreword
Preface
The Challenge of Novelty
Introduction
The Social Intelligence Hypothesis
Cooperative Foraging
Cooperative Foraging and Knowledge Accumulation
Life in a Changing World
Accumulating Cognitive Capital
A Lineage Explanation of Social Learning
Feedback Loops
The Apprentice Learning Model
Adapted Individuals, Adapted Environments
Behavioral Modernity
The Symbolic Species
Public Symbols and Social Worlds
Preserving and Expanding Information
Niche Construction and Neanderthal Extinction
The Human Cooperation Syndrome
Triggering Cooperation
A Cooperation Complex
The Grandmother Hypothesis
Foragers: Ancient and Modern
Hunting: Provisioning or Signaling?
Costs and Commitments
Free Riders
Control and Commitment
Commitment Mechanisms
Signals, Investments, and Interventions
Hunting and Commitment
Commitment through Investment
Primitive Trust
Signals, Cooperation, and Learning
Sperber's Dilemma
Two Faces of Cultural Learning
Honesty Mechanisms
The Folk as Educators
From Skills to Norms
Norms and Communities
Moral Nativism
Self-Control, Vigilance, and Persuasion
Reactive and Reflective Moral Response 1
Moral Apprentices
The Biological Preparation of Moral Development
The Expansion of Cultural Learning
Cooperation and Conflict
Group Selection
Strong Reciprocity and Human Cooperation
Children of Strife?
The Holocene: A World Queerer Than We Realized?
Notes
References
Index