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A Different Kind of Animal


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Acknowledgments vii Introduction Stephen Macedo 1 1 Not by Brains Alone: The Vital Role of Culture in Human Adaptation 9 2 Beyond Kith and Kin: Culture and the Scale of Human Cooperation 63 COMMENTS 3 Imitation, Hayek, and the Significance of Cultural Learning 125 H. Allen Orr 4 Adaptation without Insight? 135 Kim Sterelny 5 Inference and Hypothesis Testing in Cultural Evolution 152 Ruth Mace 6 Adaptable, Cooperative, Manipulative, and Rivalrous 160 Paul Seabright RESPONSE 7 Culture, Beliefs, and Decisions 173 Notes 197 References 207 Contributors 223 Index 225

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Robert Boyd is Origins Professor in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University. His books include How Humans Evolved, Not by Genes Alone: How Culture Transformed Human Evolution, and The Origin and Evolution of Cultures. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona.


"Boyd is at his best when he explains how norm construction occurs and how cultural transmission of complicated information can spread throughout a group. The work is thought-provoking." * Publishers Weekly *
"In this lucid, well-argued treatise, anthropologist Robert Boyd avers that we are 'culture-saturated creatures', and that it is culturally transmitted knowledge that sets us apart and explains our dramatic range of behaviours, from rampant violence to great feats of cooperation."---Barbara Kiser, Nature
A Different Kind of Animal
is a fascinating introduction to a fertile field of cultural research that should be better-known. Approachable and clearly argued, it is a brave revival of the autonomy of culture and a breath of fresh air for those tired of the narrow claims of evolutionary psychology." * Cosmos *
"Boyd's latest book is a clear exposition of his cultural evolutionary view of human evolution."---Thomas J.H. Morgan, Evolutionary Studies in Imaginative Culture

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