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Wired for culture : origins of the human social mind

Author: Mark D Pagel
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, [2012] ©2012
Edition/Format:   Book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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A fascinating, far-reaching study of how our species' innate capacity for culture altered the course of our social and evolutionary history.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark D Pagel
ISBN: 9780393065879 0393065871
OCLC Number: 738350014
Description: xi, 416 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction : The gamble --
Pt. 1. 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" --
Pt. 2. Cooperation and our cultural nature : Reciprocity and the shadow of the future ; Green beards and the reputation marketplace ; Hostile forces --
Pt. 3. The theatre of the mind : Human language: the voice of our genes ; Deception, consciousness, and truth --
Pt. 4. The many and the few : Termite mounds and the exploitation of our social instincts.
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Gorgeously written, elegantly argued, Pagel demonstrates that genes are only a small part of the human success story; minds and culture are the larger part. A compelling read that allows us to Read more...

 
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