[PDF/EPUB] Wired for Culture by Mark Pagel


  • Hardcover
  • 432
  • Wired for Culture
  • Mark Pagel
  • English
  • 07 February 2019
  • 9780393065879
Wired for Culture

DOWNLOAD Wired for Culture î PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB REVIEW Wired for Culture Y 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 huma. What this book is about Left unchecked these ploys kin selection would have caused our societies to collapse before they god off the ground To make our societies work then we had to acuire the social and psychological systems that could somehow overcome and tame selfish instincts born of millions of years of evolution by natural selection to cheat exploit dupe and even murder s one rivals These systems are our culture Is it worth reading Yes do read the chapters Ultra sociality and the Cultrual Survival Vehicle and Local Rules and the Emergence of Self Organization but feel free to skip everything else Double Jeopardy Adolescent Offenders with Mental Disorders Adolescent Development and Legal Policy unchecked these ploys kin selection would have caused our societies to collapse before they god off the ground To make our societies work then we had to acuire the social and psychological systems that could somehow overcome and tame selfish instincts born of millions of years of evolution by natural selection to cheat exploit dupe and even murder s one rivals These systems are our culture Is it worth reading Yes do read the chapters Ultra sociality and the Cultrual Survival Vehicle and Local Rules and the Emergence of Self Organization but feel free to skip everything else

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DOWNLOAD Wired for Culture î PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB REVIEW Wired for Culture A uniue 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 peo. An interesting book that provides an extensive and highly plausible account of the evolution of culture in our species The book s central tenet selfish genes construct physical survival vehicles in our bodies and cultural survival machines solely as a means to increase their own survival may sound reductionist to some in the humanities but is well arguedMoreover the book reviews many of the important ways in which culture once it had sprang up altered the selection pressures operating on our genes Thus although culture may be a product of selfish genes to improve their chances of survival our gene pool has also been altered by the new selection pressures introduced by cultureThe book has some problems too First culture may have led to the existence of a new type of replicators memes These reproduce differently than our genes and as such may have given rise to conflicting selection pressures This problem is discussed but I think is not given the prominence it deservesSecond although the book has an extensive bibliography no notes to support claims in the text are present As such it is sometimes difficult to evaluate whether something is a plausible just so story for which alternatives could be envisaged or whether something is supported by hard facts I encountered some inadeuacies in the treatment of my own area of expertise which makes me suspect that there may be some in other areas too and leaves me unable to fully appreciate the strength of the central thesis of the book

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DOWNLOAD Wired for Culture î PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB REVIEW Wired for Culture Ple we kill in war But how did our species develop a mind that is hardwired for culture and whyEvolutionary biologist Mark Pagel tracks this intriguing uestion through the last 80000 years of human evolution revealing how an innate propensity to contribute and conform to the culture of our birth not onl. Interesting book about our genetic human evolution and our cultural social evolution A long dry academic and textbook y book Three and a half stars Genes ruled the evolution of life for billions of years But then a hundred eighty thousand years ago culture began competing with genes to guide humanoid evolution These humans could copy improve and learn from others Culture explains the difference between us and chimpanzees who after millions of years still crack the same nuts with the same rocks Eighty thousand years ago upright apes emerged from a million years on the African savanna The new species lived in larger family groups whose societies developed art skills customs beliefs and language By roaming and exploring the world beyond the savanna humans adapted to their new environments expanding the culture Culture itself makes adaptations And that starts with our fortuitous accident of getting born into one culture while our neighbors live in a slightly different one While our genes share a common path into the future we enjoy free will to live and join the cultures of our choice writes Pagel This book argues that because of culture we developed language empathy and intelligence as well as attributes such as charity and empathy The book tells how culture sculpted our minds and behavior Arts music and culture cover the spheres most people think of as culture that moves consoles and entertains The memories of these experiences lodge in our brains The Black Painting uestion through the last 80000 years of human evolution revealing how an innate propensity to contribute and conform to the culture of our birth not onl. Interesting book about our genetic human evolution and our cultural social evolution A long dry academic and textbook y book Three and a half stars Genes ruled the evolution of life for billions of years But then a hundred eighty thousand years ago culture began competing with genes to guide humanoid evolution These humans could copy improve and learn from others Culture explains the difference between Fire and Desire Mixed Race Movies in the Silent Era us and chimpanzees who after millions of years still crack the same nuts with the same rocks Eighty thousand years ago The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox A Year in the Life of a Supreme Court Clerk in FDR's Washington upright apes emerged from a million years on the African savanna The new species lived in larger family groups whose societies developed art skills customs beliefs and language By roaming and exploring the world beyond the savanna humans adapted to their new environments expanding the culture Culture itself makes adaptations And that starts with our fortuitous accident of getting born into one culture while our neighbors live in a slightly different one While our genes share a common path into the future we enjoy free will to live and join the cultures of our choice writes Pagel This book argues that because of culture we developed language empathy and intelligence as well as attributes such as charity and empathy The book tells how culture sculpted our minds and behavior Arts music and culture cover the spheres most people think of as culture that moves consoles and entertains The memories of these experiences lodge in our brains