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By Kevin N. Laland

ISBN-10: 0691151180

ISBN-13: 9780691151182

ISBN-10: 0691182817

ISBN-13: 9780691182810

How tradition reworked human evolution

Humans own a unprecedented ability for cultural construction, from the humanities and language to technology 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 provides a charming new conception of human cognitive evolution. This compelling and available ebook finds how tradition isn't just the fabulous finish fabricated from an evolutionary strategy that produced a species not like all others—it is usually the major motive force in the back of that process.

Kevin Laland indicates how the discovered and socially transmitted actions of our ancestors formed our intellects via accelerating cycles of evolutionary suggestions. The really distinctive features of our species—such as our intelligence, language, instructing, and cooperation—are now not adaptive responses to predators, sickness, or different exterior stipulations. quite, people are creatures in their personal making. Drawing on his personal groundbreaking examine, and bringing it to existence with vibrant usual heritage, Laland explains how animals imitate, innovate, and feature impressive traditions in their personal. He strains our upward thrust from scavenger apes in prehistory to fashionable people capable of layout iPhones, dance the tango, and ship astronauts into space.

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

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