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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 ma

  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 re

  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 at our gen

  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

  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 finish not because of the book but because I had to put it aside for other books to be read first Pagel's style of writing is very pleasant with a good sense of style Some of his witty remarks c

  6. says:

    Interesting book about our genetic human evolution and our cultural social evolution A long dry academic and textbook y book Three an

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    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 fa

  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 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 totipote

  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 systems that could somehow overcome and tame selfish instincts born of millions of years of evolution b

  10. says:

    Informative thought provoking I took notes

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Read & download ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Þ Mark Pagel

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 h

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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. 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 colony does not rule the colony in the same way as a human monarch rules a nation Another review on Goodreads said that the reviewer thought that the book showed that All of human behavior can be explained by looking at our genes while the review uoted on the back of the book was closer to what I thought the theme was that our g

Read & download ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Þ Mark Pagel

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. 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 the notion of cynicism suggesting that every acts of humans be it good or evil are motivated by self interestIn one example the author presented the case of social amoebas and uses that as a basis to decipher the reason for altruistic acts by humans which again is a reason that stems from the notion of cynicism But how can one liken humans behaviors to the behaviors of cellular organismsHumans are fundamentally different because of