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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 machines solely as a means to increase their own survival may sound reductionist

  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 evolve

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    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 genes This was a great summer read because it is very accessible The dense and jargony nonfictions have their merits but there’s something to be said for a nice light nonfiction book

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    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 subs

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    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 fi

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    Interesting book about our genetic human evolution and our cultural social evolution A long dry academic and textbook y book Three and a half stars Genes ruled the evolution of life for billions of years But then a hundred eighty thousand years ago culture began competing with genes to guide humanoid evolution These humans could cop

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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 th

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    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 totipotent cells an

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    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 by

  10. says:

    Informative thought provoking I took notes

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E 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 Wired for PDFEPUB or last years of human evolution revealing how an innate propensity to contribute and conform to the culture of our birth no. Interesting book about our genetic human evolution and our cultural social evolution A long dry academic and textbook y book Three and a half stars Genes ruled the evolution of life for billions of years But then a hundred eighty thousand years ago culture began competing with genes to guide humanoid evolution These humans could copy improve and learn from others Culture explains the difference between us and chimpanzees who after millions of years still crack the same nuts with the same rocks Eighty thousand years ago upright apes emerged from a million years on the African savanna The new species lived in larger family groups whose societies developed art skills customs beliefs and language By roaming and exploring the world beyond the savanna humans adapted to their new environments expanding the culture Culture itself makes adaptations And that starts with our fortuitous accident of getting born into one culture while our neighbors live in a slightly different one While our genes share a common path into the future we enjoy free will to live and join the cultures of our choice writes Pagel This book argues that because of culture we developed language empathy and intelligence as well as attributes such as charity and empathy The book tells how culture sculpted our minds and behavior Arts music and culture cover the spheres most people think of as culture that moves consoles and entertains The memories of these experiences lodge in our brains

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T only 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. 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 by natural selection to cheat exploit dupe and even murder s one rivals These systems are our culture Is it worth reading Yes do read the chapters Ultra sociality and the Cultrual Survival Vehicle and Local Rules and the Emergence of Self Organization but feel free to skip everything else

FREE DOWNLOAD Ë PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ê 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 people w. 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 machines solely as a means to increase their own survival may sound reductionist to some in the humanities but is well arguedMoreover the book reviews many of the important ways in which culture once it had sprang up altered the selection pressures operating on our genes Thus although culture may be a product of selfish genes to improve their chances of survival our gene pool has also been altered by the new selection pressures introduced by cultureThe book has some problems too First culture may have led to the existence of a new type of replicators memes These reproduce differently than our genes and as such may have given rise to conflicting selection pressures This problem is discussed but I think is not given the prominence it deservesSecond although the book has an extensive bibliography no notes to support claims in the text are present As such it is sometimes difficult to evaluate whether something is a plausible just so story for which alternatives could be envisaged or whether something is supported by hard facts I encountered some inadeuacies in the treatment of my own area of expertise which makes me suspect that there may be some in other areas too and leaves me unable to fully appreciate the strength of the central thesis of the book