Not By Genes Alone: How Culture Transformed Human Evolution by Peter J. Richerson,Robert Boyd

By Peter J. Richerson,Robert Boyd

Humans are a outstanding anomaly within the flora and fauna. whereas we're just like different mammals in lots of methods, our habit units us aside. Our unheard of skill to conform has allowed us to occupy almost each habitat in the world utilizing a big number of instruments and subsistence recommendations. Our societies are greater, extra advanced, and extra cooperative than the other mammal's. during this wonderful exploration of human version, Peter J. Richerson and Robert Boyd argue that just a Darwinian concept of cultural evolution can clarify those specific characteristics.

Not by way of Genes Alone deals a thorough interpretation of human evolution, arguing that our ecological dominance and our singular social structures stem from a psychology uniquely tailored to create complicated tradition. Richerson and Boyd illustrate right here that tradition is neither superorganic nor the handmaiden of the genes. fairly, it truly is necessary to human variation, as a lot part of human biology as bipedal locomotion. Drawing on paintings within the fields of anthropology, political technology, sociology, and economics—and construction their case with such interesting examples as kayaks, firms, smart knots, and yams that require twelve males to hold them—Richerson and Boyd convincingly display that tradition and biology are inextricably associated, they usually express us tips to take into consideration their interplay in a fashion that yields a richer knowing of human nature.

In leaving behind the nature-versus-nurture debate as essentially misconceived, Not via Genes Alone is a really unique and groundbreaking concept of the function of tradition in evolution and a e-book to be reckoned with for generations to come.

“I stay shocked through the variety of expert humans (many of them biologists) who imagine that supplying reasons for human habit by way of tradition in some way disproves the recommendation that human habit could be defined in Darwinian evolutionary phrases. thankfully, we've got a publication to which they're directed for enlightenment . . . . it's a publication choked with strong experience and the types of highbrow rigor and readability of writing that we have got come to count on from the Boyd/Richerson stable.”—Robin Dunbar, Nature

Not by means of Genes Alone is a necessary and extremely readable synthesis of a nonetheless embryonic yet extremely important topic straddling the sciences and humanities.”—E. O. Wilson, Harvard University

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