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Darwin's Unfinished Symphony

Kevin N. Laland

Abstract

Humans possess an extraordinary capacity for cultural production, from the arts and language to science and technology. How did the human mind—and the uniquely human ability to devise and transmit culture—evolve from its roots in animal behavior? This book presents a new theory of human cognitive evolution. It 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. The book shows how the learned and socially transmitted activities of our ancestors shaped our intellects ... More

Keywords: cultural production, human cognitive evolution, human mind, evolutionary feedback, culture, human evolution, human intellect

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780691182810
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691182810.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kevin N. Laland, author
The University of St Andrews