- Gebundene Ausgabe: 445 Seiten
- Verlag: Princeton Univers. Press (27. Oktober 2015)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0691166854
- ISBN-13: 978-0691166858
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,5 x 3,2 x 24,8 cm
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Secret of Our Success: How Culture Is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating Our Species, and Making Us Smarter (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 27. Oktober 2015
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"Limber and lucid."--Barbara Kiser, "Nature"
"Mind-stretching. . . . Henrich s book will take you on a prodigious journey through human nature and society."--Alun Anderson, "New Scientist""
""The Secret of Our Success" is a tour-de-force and a significant advancement of social science."--"Darwinian Business" blog
"In "The Secret of Our Success," Henrich . . . draws on the latest findings in anthropology, linguistics, behavioral economics and psychology, and evolutionary biology, to present a provocative alternative to the standard narrative about evolution. . . . Henrich's book is immensely ambitious, informative, and important."--Glenn Altschuler, "Psychology Today"
"Limber and lucid."--Barbara Kiser, Nature
"[A] pleasure for the biologically and scientifically inclined."--Kirkus
"Henrich draws on his far-flung ethnographic field studies and the work of colleagues to illustrate the adaptive power of human culture."--The Scientist
"Joseph Henrich . . . offers a compelling and comprehensive answer in his exceptional new book The Secret of Our Success: How Culture is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating Our Species, and Making Us Smarter. It is an intellectual tour-de-force that offers an overview for the field of cultural evolution."--Joe Brewer, This View of Life blog
"In The Secret of Our Success, Henrich . . . draws on the latest findings in anthropology, linguistics, behavioral economics and psychology, and evolutionary biology, to present a provocative alternative to the standard narrative about evolution. . . . Henrich's book is immensely ambitious, informative, and important."--Glenn Altschuler, Psychology Today
"Mind-stretching. . . . Henrich's book will take you on a prodigious journey through human nature and society."--Alun Anderson, New Scientist
"Social science is at the cusp of a revolution, incorporating a better understanding of how our capabilities and culture have evolved and how the interplay of social and political choices shape human experiences. Joseph Henrich has been at the forefront of this more holistic social science. In this wonderfully readable book, Henrich shows how our species is special and how our practices, beliefs, and instincts have emerged because of our cultural learning. This must-read book will be cherished and consulted for its ideas and insights."
--Daron Acemoglu, coauthor of Why Nations Fail
"The cumulative, collaborative nature of human culture, far more than our individual intelligence, is what makes it--and us--special. How and when this collective brain emerged and evolved has until recently been only vaguely understood. Now Joseph Henrich brings a rich and deep rigor to the topic and tells the epic story in easy narrative style. This is a remarkable book."--Matt Ridley, author of The Rational Optimist and The Evolution of Everything
"In this accessible, authoritative book, Joseph Henrich explains why culture is essential for understanding human evolution. It is a must-read for anybody curious about why we are the way we are."--Robert Boyd, coauthor of How Humans Evolved and Not by Genes Alone
"Joseph Henrich has written a magnificent book. With verve and clarity he sets out a compelling theory of the interactions between genes and culture, and defends the theory with a remarkable range of evidence from fields as varied as history, primatology, neuroscience, and the science of sport. This book provides an enthralling account of the secret of our success." --Stephen Stich, Rutgers University
"Is the ability to acquire highly evolved culture systems like languages and technologies the secret of humans' success as a species? This book convinces us that the answer is emphatically yes.' Moving beyond the sterile nature-nurture debates of the past, Joseph Henrich demonstrates that culture--as much a part of our biology as our legs--is an evolutionary system that works by tinkering with our innate capacities over time."--Peter J. Richerson, University of California, Davis
"In the last decade, in the interstices between biology, anthropology, economics, and psychology, a remarkable new approach to explaining the development of human societies has emerged. It's the most important intellectual innovation on this topic since Douglass North's work on institutions in the 1970s and it will fundamentally shape research in social science in the next generation. This extraordinary book is the first comprehensive statement of this paradigm. You'll be overwhelmed by the breadth of evidence and the creativity of ideas. I was."--James Robinson, coauthor of Why Nations Fail
"With compelling chapter and verse and a very readable style, Joseph Henrich's book makes a powerful argument--in the course of the gene-culture coevolution that has made us different from other primates, culture, far from being the junior partner, has been the driving force. A terrific book that shifts the terms of the debate."--
Stephen Shennan, University College London
"A delightful and engaging expedition into and all around the many different processes of genetic and cultural evolution that have made humans such a puzzling primate.'"--Michael Tomasello, codirector of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
"Henrich is one of a small group of anthropologists who has revolutionized our thinking about evolution. His new book is a highly readable introduction to how our genes and cultural variants evolved together. This nuanced work offers the most comprehensive answer I know of to the question of how we became human. It tells the story of how culture, cultural learning, and cultural evolution made us so smart."--Jonathan Haidt, author of The Righteous Mind
"The Secret of Our Success provides a valuable new perspective on major issues in human evolution and behavior. Bringing together topics from such diverse areas as economics, psychology, neuroscience, and archaeology, this book will provoke vigorous debates and will be widely read."--Alex Mesoudi, author of Cultural EvolutionAlle Produktbeschreibungen
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Henrich argues that what distinguishes humans from other animals is our ability generate, transfer, and build on cultural knowledge over multiple generations (sometimes without casual awareness of the benefits). This process is enabled by our ability and evolved inclination to learn from and cooperate with others and leads to the accumulation of knowledge in the form of evolutionarily beneficial norms and technology. Because the returns to cumulative cultural evolution are so great, its emergence created selection pressures which 1) led to a feedback loop, reinforcing our ability to learn and cooperate and 2) made cultural arguably the primary driver for human biological evolution over the past 100,000 if not one million years (i.e. caused changes in our brains and bodies).
My qualms with the book are few, but one is worth mentioning. Henrich does sometimes introduce but then blow past big-idea hypotheses about the implications of cultural evolution without properly supporting them (or by citing correlational studies or small-n lab studies). More thorough epistemological spot checks might uncover that some of the evidence he cites is questionable. However, he generally does a good job, I don't think these hypothetical discoveries would undermine his thesis, and if he went into depth it'd be a 1,000 page book.
While it took a few years for me to come around, my best guess is Henrich, David Sloan Wilson, Jonathan Haidt and many others are ushering in a new period of social science based on a better understanding of gene-culture co-evolution.