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Human Evolution Beyond Biology and Culture
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Expected online publication date: September 2018
  • Print publication year: 2018
  • Online ISBN: 9781108564922
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Both natural and cultural selection played an important role in shaping human evolution. Since cultural change can itself be regarded as evolutionary, a process of gene-culture coevolution is operative. The study of human evolution - in past, present and future - is therefore not restricted to biology. An inclusive comprehension of human evolution relies on integrating insights about cultural, economic and technological evolution with relevant elements of evolutionary biology. In addition, proximate causes and effects of cultures need to be added to the picture - issues which are at the forefront of social sciences like anthropology, economics, geography and innovation studies. This book highlights discussions on the many topics to which evolutionary thought has been applied: the arts, the brain, climate change, cooking, criminality, the environment, futurism, gender issues, group processes, humour, industrial dynamics, institutions, languages, medicine, music, psychology, public policy, religion, sex, sociality and sports.

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