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- Print Length: 316 pages
- Publisher: Pelican (1 May 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141974869
- ISBN-13: 978-0141974866
- ASIN: B00I9PVKI4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #239,695 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is why we feel things like shame and embarrassment (emotions that have not been detected among our nearest relatives). We see how peer culture shapes children’s development. Parents are right to be concerned at what sort of company their children keep. To the age-old question of whether it is nature or nurture, then the answer is that it’s both, but with a twist. Your environment can determine which genes are switched on – epigenetics. These in turn can be passed to your offspring. It’s still Darwin and not Lamarck – if you are blacksmith, your children won’t inherit your muscular biceps. But if you have a gene for strong arms, you might pass that on, if the gene for them is activated, and they might grow strong biceps, if they make use of them. The same goes with the brain.Read more ›
There were some irritating omissions/errors re prehistory. Humans lived a settled life in the Paleolithic, before the glacial pushed them south. People had to co-operate to hunt large animals in the Paleolithic. ---Mesolithic: co-operation to erect huge wooden pine rows and build halls. Neolithic: immense co-operative action to carry out massive landscaping projects from Orkney to York vale to south coast. Bronze age co-operative long distance trade. No firm evidence that paleo/ meso/ neo people were aggressive but possible killing of non cooperative thieves/freeloaders.
The brain possible got smaller as Neanderthals struggled to reproduce as quickly as sapiens, and sapiens predominated in the population. The critical diet factor was fat. Brains are made of fat, (nuts and marrowfat) not meat (protein). It also got smaller in the Neolithic (6000BP) due to poorer diet, people were 6 inches shorter than in the mesolithic. A classic example of how ‘civilisation’ benefited those in power at the expense of the masses.
Some serious lack of clarity re selection, inheritance and epigenetics. Misanalysis of game theory. John Nash’s major point was the win-win situation not the theoretical equilibrium of loser/winner. We all benefit if we cooperate; that has driven the evolution of humans/society. We cooperated because it increased survival of all,against great odds in the glacial. We also cooperated with other scavengers, dogs in hunting (37,000 BP) and possibly birds, which identified dead animals, carrion. It may have been the weaker hunters who had to scavenge more, so were the ones who replaced muscle with intellect.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is a good book for explaining how we are socially inclined, however the overall book could use work. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Blair
Who knew neuroscience could be so interesting? Written in a very readable style, Bruce Hood takes us through the history of the brain's development showing us how we think and why... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amanda Payne
This author was impressive but understandable that i have bought two more of his books.Published 18 months ago by MR MICHAEL G EVERETT
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