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Y enabled human survival and progress in the past but also continues to influence our behavior today Shedding light on our species’ defining attributes from art morality and altruism to self interest deception and prejudice Wired for Culture offers surprising new insights into what it means to be huma. The book annoyed me on several levels It seems like a book for logic if you can accept this than this other thing is true and so forth constructing a foundation for his theory It seems like a science book letting me know only some of the facts only the ones who will support his theory and not the other ones Talking about totipotent cells and their divisions and at some point when probably influenced by the local conditions they decide to transform in pluripotent to specialize a little It is like the genes have some intelligence and it s up to them to become or not pluri or multi or uni potent cells He covered up the fact that there are seuences of DNA that control the number of divisions and which genes come to be expressed though he talked lengthly about the random insertions of DNA The social part did not convince me Krismis van Map Jacobs our behavior today Shedding light Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods on Crust From Sourdough Spelt and Rye Bread to Ciabatta Bagels and Brioche our species’ defining attributes from art morality and altruism to self interest deception and prejudice Wired for Culture Til Death Do Us Part (Vows, offers surprising new insights into what it means to be huma. The book annoyed me Mensa Riddles Conundrums on several levels It seems like a book for logic if you can accept this than this Julie of the Wolves other thing is true and so forth constructing a foundation for his theory It seems like a science book letting me know The Right Swipe only some Touched of the facts Dark Prophet The Chronicles of Koa only the Ugly Fish ones who will support his theory and not the The Math of Life and Death 7 Mathematical Principles That Shape Our Lives other Little Gods ones Talking about totipotent cells and their divisions and at some point when probably influenced by the local conditions they decide to transform in pluripotent to specialize a little It is like the genes have some intelligence and it s up to them to become Ensorcelled The Erotic Adventures of Jane in the Jungle Book 9 or multi The Poems The Collected Works of W B Yeats or uni potent cells He covered up the fact that there are seuences Sylvia Pankhurst of DNA that control the number Attack of Apollyon: Revenge of the Locusts of divisions and which genes come to be expressed though he talked lengthly about the random insertions Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere An Illustrated Introduction Tuttle Martial Arts of DNA The social part did not convince me

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Wired for Culture

A uniue trait of the human species is that our personalities lifestyles and worldviews are shaped by an accident of birth namely the culture into which we are born It is our cultures and not our genes that determine which foods we eat which languages we speak which people we love and marry and which peo. For whatever reason late spring and early summer is my slowest reading time so this one took me a while to finish It was not because it was not good or interesting The concept of what makes humans uniuely human has evolved over the years and has settled on symbolic language and culture We are the only animal that can record our thoughts or instructions in a form that someone can later reproduce almost perfectly Symbolic language allows us to pass ideas or memes amongst ourselves in a manner similar to how DNA is used to replicate genes The memes work on a cultural level rather than on a biological level as with your bodies The end result is that human culture can evolve at a dizzying rate compared to biological evolution which allows us to have unprecedented cooperation amongst ourselves So for all of our emphasis on being uniue and competitive it is really cooperation enabled by symbolic language and culture that makes us what we are

review Wired for Culture

Ple we kill in war But how did our species develop a mind that is hardwired for culture and whyEvolutionary biologist Mark Pagel tracks this intriguing uestion through the last 80000 years of human evolution revealing how an innate propensity to contribute and conform to the culture of our birth not onl. Interesting book about our genetic human evolution and our cultural social evolution A long dry academic and textbook y book Three and a half stars Genes ruled the evolution of life for billions of years But then a hundred eighty thousand years ago culture began competing with genes to guide humanoid evolution These humans could copy improve and learn from others Culture explains the difference between us and chimpanzees who after millions of years still crack the same nuts with the same rocks Eighty thousand years ago upright apes emerged from a million years on the African savanna The new species lived in larger family groups whose societies developed art skills customs beliefs and language By roaming and exploring the world beyond the savanna humans adapted to their new environments expanding the culture Culture itself makes adaptations And that starts with our fortuitous accident of getting born into one culture while our neighbors live in a slightly different one While our genes share a common path into the future we enjoy free will to live and join the cultures of our choice writes Pagel This book argues that because of culture we developed language empathy and intelligence as well as attributes such as charity and empathy The book tells how culture sculpted our minds and behavior Arts music and culture cover the spheres most people think of as culture that moves consoles and entertains The memories of these experiences lodge in our brains


10 thoughts on “Wired for Culture

  1. says:

    An interesting book that provides an extensive and highly plausible account of the evolution of culture in our species The book's central tenet selfish genes construct physical survival vehicles in our bodies and cultural survival machines solely as a means to increase their own survival may sound reductionist to some in the humanities but is well arguedMoreover the book reviews many of the important ways in

  2. says:

    For whatever reason late spring and early summer is my slowest reading time so this one took me a while to finish It was not because it was not good or interesting The concept of what makes humans uniuely human has evolved over the years and has settled on symbolic language and culture We are the only animal that can record our thoughts or instructions in a form that someone can later reproduce almost perfec

  3. says:

    A very ambitious and enjoyable book What I got out of this book was this message All of human behavior can be explained by looking

  4. says:

    If I can only use one word to encapsulate the message which the authors tries to convey in this book the word would be CYNICISM The author tries to rationalize human behaviors of all kinds whether it be a disposition to subscribe to a certain religious belief ideology culture or having acts of altruism etc using

  5. says:

    A book in my favourite genre social science well explained and up to date but not overly simplified Took me uite a long time to fin

  6. says:

    Interesting book about our genetic human evolution and our cultural social evolution A long dry academic and textb

  7. says:

    I didn't exactly finish this I read about 14 then samples from the remaining chapters in the hopes that it would get better It didn't Even though I agree with some of Pagel’s conclusions his arguments made me cringe Much cherry picking of data so even when I agreed with the conclusion I found myself thinking of counter examples that came fairly readily to mind Much illustration by false analogies the ueen in an ant col

  8. says:

    The book annoyed me on several levels It seems like a book for logic if you can accept this than this other thing is true and so forth constru

  9. says:

    What this book is about Left unchecked these ploys kin selection would have caused our societies to collapse before they god off the ground To make our societies work then we had to acuire the social and psychological syst

  10. says:

    Informative thought provoking I took notes

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