By Robert Boyd, Peter J. Richerson
People are a remarkable anomaly within the flora and fauna. whereas we're just like different mammals in lots of methods, our habit units us aside. Our extraordinary skill to conform has allowed us to occupy almost each habitat on the earth utilizing an important number of instruments and subsistence strategies. Our societies are higher, extra advanced, and extra cooperative than the other mammal's. during this wonderful exploration of human edition, Peter J. Richerson and Robert Boyd argue that just a Darwinian idea of cultural evolution can clarify those particular characteristics.
Not via Genes Alone bargains a thorough interpretation of human evolution, arguing that our ecological dominance and our singular social platforms stem from a psychology uniquely tailored to create advanced tradition. Richerson and Boyd illustrate the following that tradition is neither superorganic nor the handmaiden of the genes. really, it truly is necessary to human edition, as a lot part of human biology as bipedal locomotion. Drawing on paintings within the fields of anthropology, political technological know-how, sociology, and economics—and development their case with such attention-grabbing examples as kayaks, agencies, smart knots, and yams that require twelve males to hold them—Richerson and Boyd convincingly display that tradition and biology are inextricably associated, and so they convey us the way to take into consideration their interplay in a manner that yields a richer knowing of human nature.
In forsaking the nature-versus-nurture debate as essentially misconceived, Not through Genes Alone is a really unique and groundbreaking conception of the function of tradition in evolution and a ebook to be reckoned with for generations to come.
“I stay stunned by way of the variety of trained humans (many of them biologists) who imagine that providing motives for human habit by way of tradition one way or the other disproves the recommendation that human habit might be defined in Darwinian evolutionary phrases. thankfully, now we have a e-book to which they are directed for enlightenment . . . . it's a publication filled with sturdy feel and the categories of highbrow rigor and readability of writing that we've got come to count on from the Boyd/Richerson stable.”—Robin Dunbar, Nature
“Not through Genes Alone is a invaluable and extremely readable synthesis of a nonetheless embryonic yet vitally important topic straddling the sciences and humanities.”—E. O. Wilson, Harvard University