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 remarkable skill to evolve has allowed us to occupy nearly each habitat in the world utilizing an enormous number of instruments and subsistence strategies. Our societies are greater, extra advanced, and extra cooperative than the other mammal's. during this beautiful exploration of human model, Peter J. Richerson and Robert Boyd argue that just a Darwinian conception of cultural evolution can clarify those specified characteristics.
Not by way of Genes Alone bargains an intensive interpretation of human evolution, arguing that our ecological dominance and our singular social platforms stem from a psychology uniquely tailored to create complicated tradition. Richerson and Boyd illustrate right here that tradition is neither superorganic nor the handmaiden of the genes. fairly, it really is necessary to human model, 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 exhibit us find out how to take into consideration their interplay in a manner that yields a richer knowing of human nature.
In forsaking the nature-versus-nurture debate as essentially misconceived, Not by way of Genes Alone is a really unique and groundbreaking idea of the position of tradition in evolution and a e-book to be reckoned with for generations to come.
“I remain stunned via the variety of trained humans (many of them biologists) who imagine that delivering causes for human habit by way of tradition by some means disproves the advice that human habit could be defined in Darwinian evolutionary phrases. thankfully, we've got a e-book to which they are directed for enlightenment . . . . it's a booklet packed with sturdy feel and the types of highbrow rigor and readability of writing that we've got come to count on from the Boyd/Richerson stable.”—Robin Dunbar, Nature
“Not by way of Genes Alone is a priceless and intensely readable synthesis of a nonetheless embryonic yet extremely important topic straddling the sciences and humanities.”—E. O. Wilson, Harvard University