The Ape That Understood the Universe

The Ape That Understood the Universe

How the Mind and Culture Evolve

Book - 2020 | Revised first edition
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The Ape that Understood the Universe is the story of the strangest animal in the world: the human animal. It opens with a question: How would an alien scientist view our species? What would it make of our sex differences, our sexual behavior, our altruistic tendencies, and our culture? The book tackles these issues by drawing on two major schools of thought: evolutionary psychology and cultural evolutionary theory. The guiding assumption is that humans are animals, and that like all animals, we evolved to pass on our genes. At some point, however, we also evolved the capacity for culture - and from that moment, culture began evolving in its own right. This transformed us from a mere ape into an ape capable of reshaping the planet, travelling to other worlds, and understanding the vast universe of which we're but a tiny, fleeting fragment. Featuring a new foreword by Michael Shermer.--
Publisher: Cambridge :, Cambridge University Press,, 2020
Edition: Revised first edition
ISBN: 9781108763516
1108763510
9781108732758
1108732755
Branch Call Number: 155.7 S852ap 2020
Characteristics: xxi, 368 pages ; 23 cm

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