Not by Genes Alone: How Culture Transformed Human Evolution

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  • Title: Not by Genes Alone: How Culture Transformed Human Evolution
  • Author: Peter J. Richerson Robert Boyd
  • ISBN: 9780226712123
  • Page: 317
  • Format: Paperback

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  1. Phew, yet another book I found fun to read but hard to review I was introduced to biological cultural evolution and sociobiology through Dawkins and my HS biology teacher about 10 years back it turned me in some kind of adolescent read know it all version of Darwin s Bulldog for some time Sorry for everyone who had to endure me during that period I guess amongst others Philipp also had to suffer from that when we started our undergrad studies.So in a way many things introduced in the book weren [...]


  2. Slogged through about 4 7 of this the first half, the last chapter lightly Despite the fact that the authors kept saying intuition is wrong everything I could manage to glean did sound like common sense They kept defining terminology, but not in a way that I could make sense of The nits they picked seemed like imaginary ones to me.I mean, does anyone really say otherwise than what they claim by chapter titles that culture is essential, exists, evolves, is an adaptation, is maladaptive, and coevo [...]


  3. I cannot think of any idea from this book that would be little than pure common sense Many examples are dispensable given that the point is clear even without examples The overall conclusion is things are not that simple which is, again, little than expected.


  4. Richerson maintains an argumentative stance throughout this book Since his thesis is that culture has and is as important to human evolution as genes are, a hypothesis I ve never heard denied, his confrontational tone is hard to understand.Culture can adapt rapidly than genetic mutation, so it explains how humans have adapted so they can occupy the wide range of environments they do it also explains why severe climactic shifts like the Ice Age were actually an impetus to human development.Riche [...]


  5. This book is like a thin window overlooking a beautiful landscape, which the authors felt they could improve through exaggerated window dressing At its heart are a few valuable ideas and a cogent argument biology is the foundation of culture and influences culture, but culture is distinct from biology culture fills in the gaps for what genes can t do like adapt to new environments quickly and culture competes accordingly to evolutionary processes The window dressing on these provocative ideas ar [...]


  6. This is a really good book it comes up with an interesting way of integrating culture and evolution, instead of acting as though one or the other doesn t exist The style is a bit chatty, but the authors are trying to make it readable, which is a nice change for academics While they advocate for their theory, they don t pretend at any point that they have the final answer, which I greatly appreciated, and the arguments that they make resonate well with common sense.


  7. My modest expectations for this book were considerably surpassed The authors argument is that humanity differs from all other species in that various forms of cultural selection stood alongside natural selection to determine the evolution of our species Sometimes cultural selection can even overrule natural selection, leading to maladaptations such as modernity s declining birthrates Far from a bland nature nurture discussion, this book offers a logically rigorous, cumulative case that culture m [...]


  8. it s ok it was easy to lose sight of the overall argument of the book and it was a struggle to finish it but i m still glad i read it.



  9. The authors are referred to in the New York Times article Human Culture, an Evolutionary Force as the pioneers who have argued for years that genes and culture were intertwined in shaping human evolution This sounds a lot like Memetics, conceived by Richard Dawkins, right Well, a review of the book in the journal BioScience Memetics by Another Name Review of Not by Genes Alone indicates these authors see a critical difference between their theory and Dawkin s I was unimpressed by the Dawkins app [...]


  10. The three stars are because the material was over my head, not because the book was poorly constructed It was very interesting material and fascinating when I could follow it It simply became a bit dry and overwhelming for me because of the terminology.