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The Evolved Apprentice : How Evolution Made Humans Unique.

Author: Kim Sterelny
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 2012.
Series: Jean Nicod lectures.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A new theory of the evolution of human cognition and human social life that emphasizes the role of information sharing across generations.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Kim Sterelny
ISBN: 0262526662 9780262526661 0262016796 9780262016797 0262302810 9780262302814
OCLC Number: 990676451
Language Note: English.
Awards: Winner of Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2012 2012
Description: 1 online resource (259 pages).
Contents: Series Foreword; Preface; Chapter 1. The Challenge of Novelty; 1.1 Introduction; 1.2 The Social Intelligence Hypothesis; 1.3 Cooperative Foraging; 1.4 Cooperative Foraging and Knowledge Accumulation; 1.5 Life in a Changing World; Chapter 2. Accumulating Cognitive Capital; 2.1 A Lineage Explanation of Social Learning; 2.2 Feedback Loops; 2.3 The Apprentice Learning Model; Chapter 3. Adapted Individuals, Adapted Environments; 3.1 Behavioral Modernity; 3.2 The Symbolic Species; 3.3 Public Symbols and Social Worlds; 3.4 Preserving and Expanding Information. 3.5 Niche Construction and Neanderthal ExtinctionChapter 4. The Human Cooperation Syndrome; 4.1 Triggering Cooperation; 4.2 A Cooperation Complex; 4.3 The Grandmother Hypothesis; 4.4 Foragers: Ancient and Modern; 4.5 Hunting: Provisioning or Signaling?; Chapter 5. Costs and Commitments; 5.1 Free Riders; 5.2 Control and Commitment; 5.3 Commitment Mechanisms; 5.4 Signals, Investments, and Interventions; 5.5 Hunting and Commitment; 5.6 Commitment through Investment; 5.7 Primitive Trust; Chapter 6. Signals, Cooperation, and Learning; 6.1 Sperber's Dilemma; 6.2 Two Faces of Cultural Learning. 6.3 Honesty Mechanisms6.4 The Folk as Educators; Chapter 7. From Skills to Norms; 7.1 Norms and Communities; 7.2 Moral Nativism; 7.3 Self- Control, Vigilance, and Persuasion; 7.4 Reactive and Reflective Moral Response; 7.5 Moral Apprentices; 7.6 The Biological Preparation of Moral Development; 7.7 The Expansion of Cultural Learning; Chapter 8. Cooperation and Conflict; 8.1 Group Selection; 8.2 Strong Reciprocity and Human Cooperation; 8.3 Children of Strife?; 8.4 The Holocene: A World Queerer Than We Realized?; Notes; References; Index.
Series Title: Jean Nicod lectures.
Other Titles: Jean Nicod Lectures
Jean Nicod lectures vol. 2012

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