( Kindle ePUB or Pdf ) Wired for Culture By Mark Pagel

  • Hardcover
  • 432
  • Wired for Culture
  • Mark Pagel
  • English
  • 10 June 2019
  • 9780393065879

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characters Wired for Culture Free read Wired for Culture 107 Free download ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB æ Mark Pagel 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

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Wired for Culture

characters Wired for Culture Free read Wired for Culture 107 Free download ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB æ Mark Pagel 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. If I can only use one word to encapsulate the message which the authors tries to convey in this book the word would be CYNICISM The author tries to rationalize human behaviors of all kinds whether it be a disposition to subscribe to a certain religious belief ideology culture or having acts of altruism etc using the notion of cynicism suggesting that every acts of humans be it good or evil are motivated by self interestIn one example the author presented the case of social amoebas and uses that as a basis to decipher the reason for altruistic acts by humans which again is a reason that stems from the notion of cynicism But how can one liken humans behaviors to the behaviors of cellular organismsHumans are fundamentally different because of our emotions and conscience which are absent in many if not all other organisms Therefore I believe humans are capable of genuine emotions we are capable of kindness ready to give help without expecting anything in return Conversely we are capable of apathy People who believe in a certain religion may have first hand experience of a spiritual encounter Nonetheless this book is worth a read as the arguments though flawed are presented in a concise manner and the concepts are thought provoking

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characters Wired for Culture Free read Wired for Culture 107 Free download ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB æ Mark Pagel 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. An interesting book that provides an extensive and highly plausible account of the evolution of culture in our species The book s central tenet selfish genes construct physical survival vehicles in our bodies and cultural survival machines solely as a means to increase their own survival may sound reductionist to some in the humanities but is well arguedMoreover the book reviews many of the important ways in which culture once it had sprang up altered the selection pressures operating on our genes Thus although culture may be a product of selfish genes to improve their chances of survival our gene pool has also been altered by the new selection pressures introduced by cultureThe book has some problems too First culture may have led to the existence of a new type of replicators memes These reproduce differently than our genes and as such may have given rise to conflicting selection pressures This problem is discussed but I think is not given the prominence it deservesSecond although the book has an extensive bibliography no notes to support claims in the text are present As such it is sometimes difficult to evaluate whether something is a plausible just so story for which alternatives could be envisaged or whether something is supported by hard facts I encountered some inadeuacies in the treatment of my own area of expertise which makes me suspect that there may be some in other areas too and leaves me unable to fully appreciate the strength of the central thesis of the book