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Minds make societies : how cognition explains the world humans create

Author: Pascal Boyer
Publisher: New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A watershed book that masterfully integrates insights from evolutionary biology, genetics, psychology, economics, and more to explore the development and workings of human societies "There is no good reason why human societies should not be described and explained with the same precision and success as the rest of nature." Thus argues evolutionary psychologist Pascal Boyer in this uniquely innovative book.  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Pascal Boyer
ISBN: 9780300223453 0300223455
OCLC Number: 1005122694
Description: x, 359 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface --
Introduction: Human societies through the lens of Nature --
Six problems in search of a new science --
1. What is the root of group conflict? Why "tribalism" is not an urge but a computation --
2. What is information for? Sound minds, odd beliefs, and the madness of crowds --
3. Why are there religions? ... And why are they such a recent thing? --
4. What is the natural family? From sex to kinship to dominance --
5. How can societies be just? How cooperative minds create fairness and trade, and the apparent conflict between them --
6. Can human minds understand societies? Coordination, folk sociology and natural politics --
Conclusion: Cognition and communication create traditions.
Other Titles: How cognition explains the world humans create
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