By Robert Boyd, Peter J. Richerson
People are a awesome anomaly within the wildlife. whereas we're just like different mammals in lots of methods, our habit units us aside. Our unprecedented skill to conform has allowed us to occupy nearly each habitat in the world utilizing a huge number of instruments and subsistence ideas. 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 thought of cultural evolution can clarify those targeted characteristics.
Not by means of Genes Alone bargains an intensive 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. quite, 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 technological know-how, sociology, and economics—and construction their case with such attention-grabbing examples as kayaks, agencies, shrewdpermanent knots, and yams that require twelve males to hold them—Richerson and Boyd convincingly reveal that tradition and biology are inextricably associated, they usually express us how one can take into consideration their interplay in a manner that yields a richer knowing of human nature.
In leaving behind the nature-versus-nurture debate as essentially misconceived, Not by way of Genes Alone is a really unique and groundbreaking concept of the function of tradition in evolution and a booklet to be reckoned with for generations to come.
“I stay shocked by means of the variety of knowledgeable humans (many of them biologists) who imagine that delivering reasons for human habit when it comes to tradition one way or the other disproves the recommendation that human habit should be defined in Darwinian evolutionary phrases. thankfully, we have a e-book to which they are directed for enlightenment . . . . it's a booklet filled with stable feel and the categories of highbrow rigor and readability of writing that we have got come to anticipate from the Boyd/Richerson stable.”—Robin Dunbar, Nature
“Not by means of Genes Alone is a helpful and intensely readable synthesis of a nonetheless embryonic yet vitally important topic straddling the sciences and humanities.”—E. O. Wilson, Harvard University