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Not by Brains Alone: The Vital Role of Culture in Human Adaptation

Robert Boyd

in A Different Kind of Animal: How Culture Transformed Our Species

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780691195902
eISBN:
9781400888528
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691195902.003.0002
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter argues that humans make use of insights and adaptations that humans do not understand. Humans learn very often not by figuring out how things work but by imitating others who have ... More


The Cultural Evolution of Technology and Science

Alex Mesoudi, Kevin N. Laland, Robert Boyd, Briggs Buchanan, Emma Flynn, Robert N. McCauley, Jürgen Renn, Victoria Reyes-García, Stephen Shennan, Dietrich Stout, and Claudio Tennie

in Cultural Evolution: Society, Technology, Language, and Religion

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780262019750
eISBN:
9780262318297
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262019750.003.0011
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter explores how the principles and methods of cultural evolution can inform our understanding of technology and science. Both technology and science are prime examples of cumulative ... More


Beyond Kith and Kin Culture and the Scale of Human Cooperation

Robert Boyd

in A Different Kind of Animal: How Culture Transformed Our Species

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780691195902
eISBN:
9781400888528
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691195902.003.0003
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter details Robert Boyd's account of social learning and cumulative cultural evolution to illuminate how societies adapt to changing environments and develop ever more sophisticated tools ... More


Similarities Between Chimpanzee and Human Culture

Christophe Boesch

in Handbook of Advances in Culture and Psychology, Volume 5

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780190218966
eISBN:
9780190274474
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190218966.003.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

Originally the concept of culture was proposed only for humans, stressing the importance of social influences on its dynamics and development. Although there is no question that all human groups have ... More


The Evolved Apprentice: How Evolution Made Humans Unique

Kim Sterelny

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780262016797
eISBN:
9780262302814
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262016797.001.0001
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This book develops a novel account of the speed and extent of human evolutionary divergence from the great ape stock. It does not explain human uniqueness by positing a critical adaptive breakthrough ... More


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