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Adaptation without insight

Sterelny, Kim; Boyd, Robert; Mace, Ruth; Macedo, Stephen; Orr, H. Allen

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Human beings are a very different kind of animal. We have evolved to become the most dominant species on Earth. We have a larger geographical range and process more energy than any other creature alive. This astonishing transformation is usually explained in terms of cognitive ability—people are just smarter than all the rest. But in this compelling book, Robert Boyd argues that culture—our ability to learn from each other—has been the essential ingredient of our remarkable success. A...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorSterelny, Kim
dc.contributor.authorBoyd, Robert
dc.contributor.authorMace, Ruth
dc.contributor.authorMacedo, Stephen
dc.contributor.authorOrr, H. Allen
dc.contributor.editorMacedo, Stephen
dc.date.accessioned2021-05-05T05:51:29Z
dc.identifier.isbn9781400888528
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/232078
dc.description.abstractHuman beings are a very different kind of animal. We have evolved to become the most dominant species on Earth. We have a larger geographical range and process more energy than any other creature alive. This astonishing transformation is usually explained in terms of cognitive ability—people are just smarter than all the rest. But in this compelling book, Robert Boyd argues that culture—our ability to learn from each other—has been the essential ingredient of our remarkable success. A Different Kind of Animal demonstrates that while people are smart, we are not nearly smart enough to have solved the vast array of problems that confronted our species as it spread across the globe. Over the past two million years, culture has evolved to enable human populations to accumulate superb local adaptations that no individual could ever have invented on their own. It has also made possible the evolution of social norms that allow humans to make common cause with large groups of unrelated individuals, a kind of society not seen anywhere else in nature. This unique combination of cultural adaptation and large-scale cooperation has transformed our species and assured our survival—making us the different kind of animal we are today. Based on the Tanner Lectures delivered at Princeton University, A Different Kind of Animal features challenging responses by biologist H. Allen Orr, philosopher Kim Sterelny, economist Paul Seabright, and evolutionary anthropologist Ruth Mace, as well as an introduction by Stephen Macedo.
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dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherPrinceton University Press
dc.relation.ispartofA Different Kind of Animal
dc.rights© 2018 by Princeton University Press
dc.source.urihttps://press.princeton.edu/titles/11099.html
dc.titleAdaptation without insight
dc.typeBook chapter
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.description.refereedYes
dcterms.dateAccepted2018
dc.date.issued2017
local.identifier.absfor220319 - Social Philosophy
local.identifier.ariespublicationu1007931xPUB20
local.publisher.urlhttps://press.princeton.edu
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationSterelny, Kim, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationBoyd, Robert, School of Human Evolutionand Social change, Arizona State University
local.contributor.affiliationMace, Ruth, University College London
local.contributor.affiliationMacedo, Stephen , University Centre for Human Values at Princeton University
local.contributor.affiliationOrr, H. Allen, University of Rochester
local.description.embargo2099-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage135
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage152
local.identifier.doi.2307/j.ctvc7799z.8
local.identifier.absseo970122 - Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
dc.date.updated2021-08-01T08:26:12Z
local.bibliographicCitation.placeofpublicationOxford
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