Darwin's Unfinished Symphony: How Culture Made the Human Mind

Princeton University Press
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Humans possess an extraordinary capacity for culture, from the arts and language to science and technology. But how did the human mind—and the uniquely human ability to devise and transmit culture—evolve from its roots in animal behavior? Darwin’s Unfinished Symphony presents a captivating new theory of human cognitive evolution. This compelling and accessible book reveals how culture is not just the magnificent end product of an evolutionary process that produced a species unlike all others—it is also the key driving force behind that process. Kevin Laland tells the story of the painstaking fieldwork, the key experiments, the false leads, and the stunning scientific breakthroughs that led to this new understanding of how culture transformed human evolution. It is the story of how Darwin’s intellectual descendants picked up where he left off and took up the challenge of providing a scientific account of the evolution of the human mind.
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About the author

Kevin N. Laland is professor of behavioral and evolutionary biology at the University of St Andrews.
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Publisher
Princeton University Press
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Published on
Sep 11, 2018
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Pages
464
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ISBN
9780691184470
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Language
English
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Genres
Nature / General
Psychology / Cognitive Psychology & Cognition
Science / Cognitive Science
Science / Life Sciences / Biology
Science / Life Sciences / Evolution
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This content is DRM protected.
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Eligible for Family Library

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