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The Resource Darwin's unfinished symphony : how culture made the human mind, Kevin N. Laland

Darwin's unfinished symphony : how culture made the human mind, Kevin N. Laland

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Darwin's unfinished symphony : how culture made the human mind
Title
Darwin's unfinished symphony
Title remainder
how culture made the human mind
Statement of responsibility
Kevin N. Laland
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Humans possess an extraordinary capacity for cultural production, from the arts and language to science and technology. How did the human mind--and the uniquely human ability to devise and transmit culture--evolve from its roots in animal behavior? Darwin's Unfinished Symphony presents a captivating new theory of human cognitive evolution. This compelling and accessible book reveals how culture is not just the magnificent end product of an evolutionary process that produced a species unlike all others--it is also the key driving force behind that process. Kevin Laland shows how the learned and socially transmitted activities of our ancestors shaped our intellects through accelerating cycles of evolutionary feedback. The truly unique characteristics of our species--such as our intelligence, language, teaching, and cooperation--are not adaptive responses to predators, disease, or other external conditions. Rather, humans are creatures of their own making. Drawing on his own groundbreaking research, and bringing it to life with vivid natural history, Laland explains how animals imitate, innovate, and have remarkable traditions of their own. He traces our rise from scavenger apes in prehistory to modern humans able to design iPhones, dance the tango, and send astronauts into space. This book tells the story of the painstaking fieldwork, the key experiments, the false leads, and the stunning scientific breakthroughs that led to this new understanding of how culture transformed human evolution. It is the story of how Darwin's intellectual descendants picked up where he left off and took up the challenge of providing a scientific account of the evolution of the human mind
Cataloging source
IDEBK
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Laland, Kevin N
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Language note
In English
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Social evolution
  • Human evolution
  • Social learning
  • Cognition and culture
  • Brain
  • Evolutionary psychology
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • SCIENCE
  • Human evolution
  • Brain
  • Cognition and culture
  • Evolutionary psychology
  • Social evolution
  • Social learning
  • Evolution
  • Mensch
  • Kognitives Verhalten
Label
Darwin's unfinished symphony : how culture made the human mind, Kevin N. Laland
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Foundations of culture. Darwin's unfinished symphony ; Ubiquitous copying ; Why copy? ; A tale of two fishes ; The roots of creativity -- The evolution of the mind. The evolution of intelligence ; High fidelity ; Why we alone have language ; Gene-culture coevolution ; The dawn of civilization ; Foundations of cooperation ; The arts -- Awe without wonder
Control code
ocn972948070
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 450 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780691184470
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.1515/9781400884872
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 992179
  • 22573/ctv396nr9
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)972948070
Label
Darwin's unfinished symphony : how culture made the human mind, Kevin N. Laland
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Foundations of culture. Darwin's unfinished symphony ; Ubiquitous copying ; Why copy? ; A tale of two fishes ; The roots of creativity -- The evolution of the mind. The evolution of intelligence ; High fidelity ; Why we alone have language ; Gene-culture coevolution ; The dawn of civilization ; Foundations of cooperation ; The arts -- Awe without wonder
Control code
ocn972948070
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 450 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780691184470
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.1515/9781400884872
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 992179
  • 22573/ctv396nr9
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)972948070

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