Darwin's Unfinished Symphony: How Culture Made the Human by Kevin N. Laland

By Kevin N. Laland

How tradition reworked human evolution

Humans own a unprecedented means for cultural creation, from the humanities and language to technological know-how and know-how. How did the human mind—and the uniquely human skill to plan and transmit culture—evolve from its roots in animal habit? Darwin's Unfinished Symphony offers a charming new thought of human cognitive evolution. This compelling and available ebook unearths how tradition is not only the exceptional finish fabricated from an evolutionary strategy that produced a species not like all others—it is additionally the main motive force in the back of that process.

Kevin Laland exhibits how the realized and socially transmitted actions of our ancestors formed our intellects via accelerating cycles of evolutionary suggestions. The really certain features of our species—such as our intelligence, language, instructing, and cooperation—are no longer adaptive responses to predators, ailment, or different exterior stipulations. fairly, people are creatures in their personal making. Drawing on his personal groundbreaking learn, and bringing it to existence with shiny ordinary historical past, Laland explains how animals imitate, innovate, and feature extraordinary traditions in their personal. He strains our upward thrust from scavenger apes in prehistory to trendy people capable of layout iPhones, dance the tango, and ship astronauts into space.

This booklet tells the tale of the painstaking fieldwork, the most important experiments, the fake leads, and the beautiful medical breakthroughs that resulted in this new figuring out of ways tradition reworked human evolution. it's the tale of ways Darwin's highbrow descendants picked up the place he left off and took up the problem of delivering a systematic account of the evolution of the human mind.

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