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By Robert Boyd,Peter J. Richerson

ISBN-10: 0195165241

ISBN-13: 9780195165241

ISBN-10: 019518145X

ISBN-13: 9780195181456

Oxford offers, in a single handy and coherently geared up quantity, 20 influential yet in the past quite inaccessible articles that shape the spine of Boyd and Richerson's path-breaking paintings on evolution and tradition. Their interdisciplinary examine relies on notions. First, that tradition is essential for figuring out human habit; not like different organisms, socially transmitted ideals, attitudes, and values seriously impact our habit. Secondly, tradition is a part of biology: the skill to procure and transmit tradition is a derived portion of human psychology, and the contents of tradition are deeply intertwined with our biology. tradition then is a pool of knowledge, saved within the brains of the inhabitants that will get transmitted from one mind to a different by way of social studying methods. consequently, tradition can account for either our striking ecological good fortune in addition to the maladaptations that symbolize a lot of human habit. The curiosity during this assortment will span anthropology, psychology, economics, philosophy, and political science.

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