Trailer ð The Evolved Apprentice PDF by ✓ Kim Sterelny 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 capacity coupled with downloaded cognition in the form of artifacts is responsible.
Over The Last Three Million Years Or So, Our Lineage Has Diverged 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 Divergence Stems From The Fact That Humans Gradually 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 That Drove Us Further From Other Great ApesSterelny Develops A New Theory Of The Evolution Of Human Cognition And Human Social Life That Emphasizes The Gradual Evolution Of Information Sharing Practices Across Generations And How These Practices Transformed Human Minds And Social Lives Sterelny Proposes That Humans Developed 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, Depended Not Just On Adapted Minds But Also On Adapted Developmental Environments Sterelny provides a new way of thinking about what has driven the evolution of unique 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 didn t always stay on target it felt like he strayed away from specifically his apprentice learning model to discuss other aspects of human social life and cognition peripheral to his case Recommended for anyone studying human sciences or evolutionary biology.
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I feel like Sterelny s reflections on high price defection from the norms of the larger society p.
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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 description a particular phenomena is meant to exist at don t look for culture in the genes.
Be 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.