The Resource A different kind of animal : how culture transformed our species, Robert Boyd

A different kind of animal : how culture transformed our species, Robert Boyd

Label
A different kind of animal : how culture transformed our species
Title
A different kind of animal
Title remainder
how culture transformed our species
Statement of responsibility
Robert Boyd
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Human beings are a very different kind of animal. We have evolved to become the most dominant species on Earth. We have a larger geographical range and process more energy than any other creature alive. This astonishing transformation is usually explained in terms of cognitive ability—people are just smarter than all the rest. But in this compelling book, Robert Boyd argues that culture—our ability to learn from each other—has been the essential ingredient of our remarkable success. A Different Kind of Animal demonstrates that while people are smart, we are not nearly smart enough to have solved the vast array of problems that confronted our species as it spread across the globe. Over the past two million years, culture has evolved to enable human populations to accumulate superb local adaptations that no individual could ever have invented on their own. It has also made possible the evolution of social norms that allow humans to make common cause with large groups of unrelated individuals, a kind of society not seen anywhere else in nature. This unique combination of cultural adaptation and large-scale cooperation has transformed our species and assured our survival—making us the different kind of animal we are today. Based on the Tanner Lectures delivered at Princeton University, A Different Kind of Animal features challenging responses by biologist H. Allen Orr, philosopher Kim Sterelny, economist Paul Seabright, and evolutionary anthropologist Ruth Mace, as well as an introduction by Stephen Macedo"--Jacket
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Boyd, Robert
Dewey number
303.4
Index
index present
LC call number
GN360
LC item number
.B685 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
The University Center for human values series
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Social evolution
  • Human evolution
  • Human evolution
  • Social evolution
Target audience
adult
Label
A different kind of animal : how culture transformed our species, Robert Boyd
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Not by brains alone: the vital role of culture in human adaptation -- Beyond kith and kin: culture and the scale of human cooperation -- Comments -- Imitation, Hayek, and the significance of cultural learning / H. Allen Orr -- Adaptation without insight? / Kim Sterelny -- Inference and hypothesis testing in cultural evolution / Ruth Mace -- Adaptable, cooperative, manipulative, and rivalrous -- Response: Robert Boyd's reply to the commentators
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
viii, 229 pages
Isbn
9780691177731
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2017008706
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)983824590
  • 1656437
  • (OCoLC)ocn983824590
  • 1656437
Label
A different kind of animal : how culture transformed our species, Robert Boyd
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Not by brains alone: the vital role of culture in human adaptation -- Beyond kith and kin: culture and the scale of human cooperation -- Comments -- Imitation, Hayek, and the significance of cultural learning / H. Allen Orr -- Adaptation without insight? / Kim Sterelny -- Inference and hypothesis testing in cultural evolution / Ruth Mace -- Adaptable, cooperative, manipulative, and rivalrous -- Response: Robert Boyd's reply to the commentators
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
viii, 229 pages
Isbn
9780691177731
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2017008706
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)983824590
  • 1656437
  • (OCoLC)ocn983824590
  • 1656437

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