Book ID: CBB202561170

Culture and the Course of Human Evolution (2018)


Tomlinson, Gary (Author)

University of Chicago Press

Publication Date: 2018
Physical Details: 208
Language: English

The rapid evolutionary development of modern Homo sapiens over the past 200,000 years is a topic of fevered interest in numerous disciplines. How did humans, while undergoing few physical changes from their first arrival, so quickly develop the capacities to transform their world? Gary Tomlinson’s Culture and the Course of Human Evolution is aimed at both scientists and humanists, and it makes the case that neither side alone can answer the most important questions about our origins.   Tomlinson offers a new model for understanding this period in our emergence, one based on analysis of advancing human cultures in an evolution that was simultaneously cultural and biological—a biocultural evolution. He places front and center the emergence of culture and the human capacities to create it, in a fashion that expands the conceptual framework of recent evolutionary theory. His wide-ranging vision encompasses arguments on the development of music, modern technology, and metaphysics. At the heart of these developments, he shows, are transformations in our species’ particular knack for signmaking. With its innovative synthesis of humanistic and scientific ideas, this book will be an essential text.

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Authors & Contributors
Goodrum, Matthew R.
Kjaergaard, Peter C.
Beach, Jon
Schmalzer, Sigrid
Pettitt, Paul B.
White, Mark J.
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
History of Science
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
Comptes Rendus Biologies
University of Chicago Press
Palgrave Macmillan
Human evolution
Physical anthropology
Human paleontology
Darwin, Charles Robert
Zuckerman, Solly
Clark, Wilfrid Edward Le Gros
Mayr, Ernst
Crusafont Pairó, Miquel
Gibert, Josep
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
20th century, early
20th century, late
Great Britain
East Asia
South America
Catalonia (Spain)
Scandinavia; Nordic countries

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