By Robert Boyd, Peter J. Richerson
People are a awesome anomaly within the flora and fauna. whereas we're just like different mammals in lots of methods, our habit units us aside. Our unheard of skill to evolve has allowed us to occupy nearly each habitat in the world utilizing a major number of instruments and subsistence suggestions. Our societies are better, extra complicated, and extra cooperative than the other mammal's. during this attractive exploration of human variation, Peter J. Richerson and Robert Boyd argue that just a Darwinian concept of cultural evolution can clarify those specified characteristics.
Not via Genes Alone bargains a thorough interpretation of human evolution, arguing that our ecological dominance and our singular social structures stem from a psychology uniquely tailored to create advanced tradition. Richerson and Boyd illustrate right here that tradition is neither superorganic nor the handmaiden of the genes. particularly, 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 technology, sociology, and economics—and construction their case with such interesting examples as kayaks, companies, shrewdpermanent knots, and yams that require twelve males to hold them—Richerson and Boyd convincingly show that tradition and biology are inextricably associated, and so they convey us tips on how to take into consideration their interplay in a fashion that yields a richer knowing of human nature.
In leaving behind the nature-versus-nurture debate as essentially misconceived, Not via Genes Alone is a very unique and groundbreaking idea of the position of tradition in evolution and a ebook to be reckoned with for generations to come.
“I remain shocked through the variety of knowledgeable humans (many of them biologists) who imagine that delivering motives for human habit by way of tradition by some means disproves the recommendation that human habit could be defined in Darwinian evolutionary phrases. thankfully, we've a publication to which they're directed for enlightenment . . . . it's a e-book choked with reliable experience and the types of highbrow rigor and readability of writing that we've got come to anticipate from the Boyd/Richerson stable.”—Robin Dunbar, Nature
“Not by means of Genes Alone is a invaluable and intensely readable synthesis of a nonetheless embryonic yet extremely important topic straddling the sciences and humanities.”—E. O. Wilson, Harvard University