[E–pub READ] (Wired for Culture)

  • Kindle Edition
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  • Wired for Culture
  • Mark Pagel
  • English
  • 15 July 2018
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Mark Pagel æ 5 Free read

Summary Wired for Culture characters ¿ Wired for Culture å PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Y 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. 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 that came fairly readily to mind Much illustration by false analogies the ueen in an ant colony does not rule the colony in the same way as a human monarch rules a nation Another review on Goodreads said that the reviewer thought that the book showed that All of human behavior can be explained by looking at our genes while the review uoted on the back of the book was closer to what I thought the theme was that our genes enabled culture but after that cultures produced wide variance in human behaviour But the confusion is not surprising I m going to re read Not by Genes Alone which I remember as being a much better book on this topic rather than spend any time on this mess of a book

Summary Wired for Culture

Wired for Culture

Summary Wired for Culture characters ¿ Wired for Culture å PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ple we 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 last 80000 years of human evolution revealing how an innate propensity to contribute and conform to the culture of our birth not onl. 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 first Pagel s style of writing is very pleasant with a good sense of style Some of his witty remarks came uite close to political commentary but luckily not to an annoying degree Cultural evolution is a hot topic that can be used to explain almost anything Pagel stands clear from political opportunism and focuses on his core topic what makes us the humans fundamentally different from the rest of the animal kingdomThis uestion although very much worth discussing oddly enough slightly undermines the whole idea of culture My reading of culture is that it is just a tool box for coping in a shared sense of reality Pagel s reading is different as he seems to think that culture is matter of sophistication development and progress By the same token I personally regard the humans not as fundamentally different from animals but only as an astonishing example of the mammal species Pagel s viewpoint seems to be hierarchial and he values animal cultures whether or not they attain the same ualities as the human version does Obviously they never do and theregy Pagel is slightly trapped in a viscious circleNevertheless I very much enjoyed reading this highly enlightening book One of its jewels is in its excellent list of references I am doubtful whether the Kindle edition was the best choice On one hand I made many notes and highlights and will propably return to the book for references but on the other hand I would have liked to uickly page back to earlier chapters just to check things out I also wonder whether the paper versions had any illustrations the topic could certainly have deserved some Wild Storm years of human evolution revealing how an innate propensity to contribute and conform to the culture of our birth not onl. 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 first Pagel s style of writing is very pleasant with a good sense of style Some of his witty remarks came uite close to political commentary but luckily not to an annoying degree Cultural evolution is a hot topic that can be used to explain almost anything Pagel stands clear from political opportunism and focuses on his core topic what makes us the humans fundamentally different from the rest of the animal kingdomThis uestion although very much worth discussing oddly enough slightly undermines the whole idea of culture My reading of culture is that it is just a tool box for coping in a shared sense of reality Pagel s reading is different as he seems to think that culture is matter of sophistication development and progress By the same token I personally regard the humans not as fundamentally different from animals but only as an astonishing example of the mammal species Pagel s viewpoint seems to be hierarchial and he values animal cultures whether or not they attain the same ualities as the human version does Obviously they never do and theregy Pagel is slightly trapped in a viscious circleNevertheless I very much enjoyed reading this highly enlightening book One of its jewels is in its excellent list of references I am doubtful whether the Kindle edition was the best choice On one hand I made many notes and highlights and will propably return to the book for references but on the other hand I would have liked to uickly page back to earlier chapters just to check things out I also wonder whether the paper versions had any illustrations the topic could certainly have deserved some

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Summary Wired for Culture characters ¿ Wired for Culture å PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free 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 peo. 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 evolved over the years and has settled on symbolic language and culture We are the only animal that can record our thoughts or instructions in a form that someone can later reproduce almost perfectly Symbolic language allows us to pass ideas or memes amongst ourselves in a manner similar to how DNA is used to replicate genes The memes work on a cultural level rather than on a biological level as with your bodies The end result is that human culture can evolve at a dizzying rate compared to biological evolution which allows us to have unprecedented cooperation amongst ourselves So for all of our emphasis on being uniue and competitive it is really cooperation enabled by symbolic language and culture that makes us what we are