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The Unpredictable Species : What Makes Humans Unique

Author: Philip Lieberman
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2013]
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The Unpredictable Species argues that the human brain evolved in a way that enhances our cognitive flexibility and capacity for innovation and imitation. In doing so, the book challenges the central claim of evolutionary psychology that we are locked into predictable patterns of behavior that were fixed by genes, and refutes the claim that language is innate. Philip Lieberman builds his case with evidence from  Read more...
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Lieberman, Philip.
Unpredictable species.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2013]
(DLC) 2012037744
(OCoLC)818985027
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Philip Lieberman
ISBN: 1400846706 9781400846702
OCLC Number: 865564558
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 255 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Preface; Acknowledgments; Chapter One; Brainworks; Chapter Two; Brain Design by Rube Goldberg; Chapter Three; Darwin Got It Right; Chapter Four; Chimpanzee Brain 2.0; Chapter Five; Stones, Bones, and Brains; Chapter Six; The Gene Game; Chapter Seven; What Makes Us Tick; References; Index.
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The Unpredictable Species argues that the human brain evolved in a way that enhances our cognitive flexibility and capacity for innovation and imitation. In doing so, the book challenges the central claim of evolutionary psychology that we are locked into predictable patterns of behavior that were fixed by genes, and refutes the claim that language is innate. Philip Lieberman builds his case with evidence from neuroscience, genetics, and physical anthropology, showing how our basal ganglia--structures deep within the brain whose origins predate the dinosaurs--came to play a key role.

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"His ability to marshal contemporary neuroscience to support his assertions is impressive, and his efforts to guide the field away from biological determinism (a 'stew of invented genes') are Read more...

 
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