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Minds make societies : how cognition explains the world humans create

Author: Pascal Boyer
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2018]
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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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Boyer, Pascal.
Minds make societies.
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2018]
(OCoLC)1005122694
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Pascal Boyer
ISBN: 9780300235173 0300235178
OCLC Number: 1035556215
Description: 1 online resource (x, 359 pages)
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Preface; INTRODUCTION: HUMAN SOCIETIES THROUGH THE LENS OF NATURE; SIX PROBLEMS IN SEARCH OF A NEW SCIENCE; ONE: What Is the Root of Group Conflict? Why "Tribalism" Is Not an Urge but a Computation; TWO: What Is Information For? Sound Minds, Odd Beliefs, and the Madness of Crowds; THREE: Why Are There Religions? ... And Why Are They Such a Recent Thing?; FOUR: What Is the Natural Family? From Sex to Kinship to Dominance. FIVE: How Can Societies Be Just? How Cooperative Minds Create Fairness and Trade, and the Apparent Conflict between ThemSIX: Can Human Minds Understand Societies? Coordination, Folk Sociology, and Natural Politics; CONCLUSION: COGNITION AND COMMUNICATION CREATE TRADITIONS; Notes; Bibliography; Acknowledgments; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; X; Y; Z.
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