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Wired for culture : origins of the human social mind

by Pagel, Mark D.

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A fascinating, far-reaching study of how our species' innate capacity for culture altered the course of our social and evolutionary history. Full description


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Table of Contents:
  • Introduction : the gamble
  • pt. 1. Mind control, protection, and prosperity. The occupation of the world ; Ultra-sociality and the cultural survival vehicle ; The domestication of our talents ; Religion and other cultural "enhancers"
  • pt. 2. Cooperation and our cultural nature. Reciprocity and the shadow of the future ; Green beards and the reputation marketplace ; Hostile forces
  • pt. 3. The theatre of the mind. Human language - the voice of our genes ; Deception, consciousness, and truth
  • pt. 4. The many and the few. Termite mounds and the exploitation of our social instincts.