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5.0 out of 5 stars Honoured, 21 July 2010
This review is from: Cultural Evolution (Paperback)
I should declare an interest. Kate credits me with setting in train some of her thinking. I am flattered and honoured by the result. Her basic thesis - that our biological substrate of clever hands and smart vocalisation opened the gate for the evolution of culture via language - is persuasive and offers a good modern update of an idea that stems back to Darwin and The Descent of Man. Serious students of social evolution should read the book and no critic of evolutionary theories of culture should ignore it. Kate is a rare example of a genuine interdisciplinary scholar in an age marred (for understandable reasons)by academic tribalismI am recommending C E to any graduate student interested in organisational theory. Enjoy.

If Price, Sheffield Business School
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rigorous yet Accessible, 14 Oct. 2013
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Kate brings a degree of rigorous thought to the subject of human culture and its evolution: what is it? how is it transmitted from one person to another? how does it interact with human personality so as to affect the extent and fidelity of the transmission? And how does all this relate to evolution as we understand it from biology? It is a useful addition to the growing bibliography of the topic. Although it is rigorous it is expressed in accessible terms, with many examples to illuminate the theory.
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Cultural Evolution by Kate Distin (Paperback - 31 May 2010)
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