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RECORD FOR THE MOST PART IT S ANTHROPOLOGY OR for the most part It s anthropology or evolutionary psychology rather than the biology I expected from the title Interesting content but Sterelny presumes a level of knowledge above the average layman This book is for perhaps Honors students or very keen undergraduates with a firm grasp of evolutionary theory evolutionary psychology and philosophy of biology The multi level selection model was refreshing to read and is intuitively plausible so long as one keeps in mind what level of escription a particular phenomena is meant to exist at Flaunting, Extravagant Queen (French Revolution, don t look for culture in the genesBe prepared to have to google multiple references to get sufficient background on key concepts that you may not be familiar with such as phenotypic plasticity This book is a work of evolutionary psychology It has all the vices and virtues of this field I will not go into aebate on the merits or lack thereof of evolutionary psych but I will just escribe the argument It
sets out to answer a uestion since human evolution was relatively fast and extreme what is the out to answer a uestion since human evolution was relatively fast and extreme what is the river of this change that made a chimplike primate into the current superspecies The book argues that the variable environment nudge hominid Stones of Witness development into a positive feedback loop with the need for social le. Dually came to enrich the learning environment of the next generation Humans came to cooperate in sharing information and to cooperate ecologically and reproductively as well and these changes initiated positive feedback loops thatrove us further from other great apesSterelny My Indian Kitchen develops a new theory of the evolution of human cognition and human social life that emphasizes the gradual evolution of informati. Arning as theriver We became a species where our had to be apprenticed in survival expertise which was
handed own generationally That is why the book has this With the adaptation of down generationally That is why the book has this title With the adaptation of learning our brains got larger to communicate expertise which morphed into language we could then form larger groups and specialize which had great survival benefits at the same time put us in an arms race with free riders who exploit social networks but on t contribute and people learning to etect such cheaters This arms race between the cheaters and cheated expanded or social cognition and gave a basis for the euipment to build a moral system In essence the author argues that variable environment made social learning a key adaptation which ultimately made us human It is entertaining enough and how much you value it epends on how reliable you think evolutionary psychology is I myself am agnostic on it with a wait and see attitude but the evolutionary psych has always been interesting to me I feel like Sterelny s reflections on high price Fantasy Man defection from the norms of the larger society p119 as a way of enforcing strong group commitments should figure in any explanation of why the excruciating job market experience in philosophy actually contributes to stronger commitments to philosophy as a profession. On sharing practices across generations and how these practices transformed human minds and social lives Sterelny proposes that humanseveloped a new form of ecological interaction with their environment cooperative foraging The ability to cope with the immense variety of human ancestral environments and social forms he argues epended not
*Just On Adapted Minds *on adapted minds also on adapted evelopmental environmen.
FREE READ ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub õ Kim Sterelny4PTR New Thinking An outstanding addition to anyone interested in understanding the evolution of complex human sociality in general and our amazing achievements Essentially and crudely stated our evolved and advanced learning evolution of complex human sociality in general and our amazing achievements Essentially and crudely stated our evolved and advanced learning coupled with ownloaded cognition in the form of artifacts is responsible Sterelny provides a new way of thinking about what has riven the evolution of uniue human cognition and culture in terms of a feedback loop between increasing co operation and specialised social learning The model is extremely plausible and he provides strong arguments and evidence to back it up I felt the book as a whole idn t always stay
ON TARGET IT FELT LIKE HEtarget it felt like he away from specifically his apprentice learning model to iscuss other aspects of human social life and cognition peripheral to his case Recommended for anyone studying human sciences or evolutionary biology Depends on some assumptions I just can t buy but which are very common in anthropology Aside form that even the academic tone Frog and the Treasure didn t turn me off this volume And the argument is broad enough to survive the crumbling of those assumptions I found the title a little off putting though It is less about evolution than positing possible cultural adaptions of early hominids and rarely is it able to solidly conjecture much beyond Hom. Over the last three million years or so our lineage hasiverged sharply from those of our great ape relatives Change has been rapid in evolutionary terms and pervasive Morphology life history social life sexual behavior and foraging patterns have all shifted sharply away from those of the other great apes In The Evolved Apprentice Kim Sterelny argues that the ivergence stems from the fact that humans gra. .