Wired for Culture Origins of the Human Social Mind
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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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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $18.95
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/11/2013
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
|Introduction: The Gamble|
|Mind Control, Protection, and Prosperity|
|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|
|Reciprocity and the Shadow of the Future|
|Green Beards and the Reputation Marketplace|
|The Theatre of the Mind|
|Human Language-The Voice of Our Genes|
|Deception, Consciousness, and Truth|
|The Many and the Few|
|Termite Mounds and the Exploitation of Our Social Instincts|