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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

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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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Language
eng
Summary
How our ability to learn from each other has been the essential ingredient to our remarkable success as a speciesHuman 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
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N$T
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1948-
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Boyd, Robert
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
The University Center for Human Values series
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  • Social evolution
  • Human evolution
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • PSYCHOLOGY
  • Human evolution
  • Social evolution
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A different kind of animal : how culture transformed our species, Robert Boyd
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Publication
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unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
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
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on1004271464
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (229 pages)
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unknown
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online
Isbn
9781400888528
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
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JSTOR
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illustrations
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22573/ctvc65qc3
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not applicable
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remote
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(OCoLC)1004271464
Label
A different kind of animal : how culture transformed our species, Robert Boyd
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
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
Control code
on1004271464
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (229 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400888528
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctvc65qc3
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1004271464

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