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The Resource Minds make societies : how cognition explains the world humans create, Pascal Boyer

Minds make societies : how cognition explains the world humans create, Pascal Boyer

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Minds make societies : how cognition explains the world humans create
Title
Minds make societies
Title remainder
how cognition explains the world humans create
Statement of responsibility
Pascal Boyer
Title variation
How cognition explains the world humans create
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Language
eng
Summary
A watershed book that masterfully integrates insights from evolutionary biology, genetics, psychology, economics, and more to explore the development and workings of human societies "There is no good reason why human societies should not be described and explained with the same precision and success as the rest of nature." Thus argues evolutionary psychologist Pascal Boyer in this uniquely innovative book. Integrating recent insights from evolutionary biology, genetics, psychology, economics, and other fields, he offers precise models of why humans engage in social behaviors such as forming families, tribes, and nations, or creating gender roles. In fascinating, thought-provoking passages, he explores questions such as, Why is there conflict between groups? Why do people believe low-value information like rumors? Why are there religions? What is social justice? What explains morality? Boyer provides a new picture of cultural transmission that draws on the pragmatics of human communication, the constructive nature of memory in human brains, and human motivation for group formation and cooperation
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YDX
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Boyer, Pascal,
Index
index present
LC call number
BF311
LC item number
.B645 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Cognition and culture
  • Cognition
  • Socialization
  • Social evolution
  • Cognition
  • Cognition and culture
  • Social evolution
  • Socialization
Target audience
adult
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Minds make societies : how cognition explains the world humans create, Pascal Boyer
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 295-343) and index
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volume
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text
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Contents
Preface -- Introduction: Human societies through the lens of Nature -- Six problems in search of a new science -- 1. What is the root of group conflict? Why "tribalism" is not an urge but a computation -- 2. What is information for? Sound minds, odd beliefs, and the madness of crowds -- 3. Why are there religions? ... And why are they such a recent thing? -- 4. What is the natural family? From sex to kinship to dominance -- 5. How can societies be just? How cooperative minds create fairness and trade, and the apparent conflict between them -- 6. Can human minds understand societies? Coordination, folk sociology and natural politics -- Conclusion: Cognition and communication create traditions
Control code
1005122694
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 359 pages
Isbn
9780300223453
Lccn
2017958313
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1005122694
Label
Minds make societies : how cognition explains the world humans create, Pascal Boyer
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 295-343) 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
Preface -- Introduction: Human societies through the lens of Nature -- Six problems in search of a new science -- 1. What is the root of group conflict? Why "tribalism" is not an urge but a computation -- 2. What is information for? Sound minds, odd beliefs, and the madness of crowds -- 3. Why are there religions? ... And why are they such a recent thing? -- 4. What is the natural family? From sex to kinship to dominance -- 5. How can societies be just? How cooperative minds create fairness and trade, and the apparent conflict between them -- 6. Can human minds understand societies? Coordination, folk sociology and natural politics -- Conclusion: Cognition and communication create traditions
Control code
1005122694
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 359 pages
Isbn
9780300223453
Lccn
2017958313
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1005122694

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