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Not by genes alone : how culture transformed human evolution

"Not by Genes Alone offers a radical interpretation of human evolution, arguing that our ecological dominance and our singular social systems stem from a psychology uniquely adapted to create complex culture. Richerson and Boyd illustrate here that culture is neither superorganic nor the handmaiden of the genes. Rather, it is essential to human adaptation, as much a part of human biology as bipedal locomotion. Drawing on work in the fields of anthropology, political science, sociology, and economics - and building their case with such examples as kayaks, corporations, clever knots, and yams that require twelve men to carry them - Richerson and Boyd demonstrate that culture and biology are inextricably linked, and they show us how to think about their interaction in a way that yields a richer understanding of human nature."--Jacket
eBook, English, ©2005
University of Chicago Press, Chicago, ©2005
1 online resource (ix, 332 pages) : illustrations
9780226712130, 0226712133
Culture is essential
Culture exists
Culture evolves
Culture is an adaptation
Culture is maladaptive
Culture and genes coevolve
Nothing about culture makes sense except in the light of evolution