Genes, Mind, And Culture - The Coevolutionary Process: 25th Anniversary Edition

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World Scientific, Aug 11, 2005 - Science - 496 pages
Long considered one of the most provocative and demanding major works on human sociobiology, Genes, Mind, and Culture introduces the concept of gene-culture coevolution. It has been out of print for several years, and in this volume Lumsden and Wilson provide a much needed facsimile edition of their original work, together with a major review of progress in the discipline during the ensuing quarter century. They argue compellingly that human nature is neither arbitrary nor predetermined, and identify mechanisms that energize the upward translation from genes to culture. The authors also assess the properties of genetic evolution of mind within emergent cultural patterns. Lumsden and Wilson explore the rich and sophisticated data of developmental psychology and cognitive science in a fashion that, for the first time, aligns these disciplines with human sociobiology. The authors also draw on population genetics, cultural anthropology, and mathematical physics to set human sociobiology on a predictive base, and so trace the main steps that lead from the genes through human consciousness to culture.
 

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Contents

Preface to the New Edition of Genes Mind and Culture
ix
Acknowledgements
xi
25 Years of Genes Mind and Culture
xv
Preface to the First Edition
lxv
1 Introduction
1
2 The Primary Epigenetic Rules
35
3 The Secondary Epigenetic Rules
53
4 GeneCulture Translation
99
5 The GeneCulture Adaptive Landscape
192
6 The Coevolutionary Circuit
237
7 The Biogeography of the Mind
305
8 GeneCulture Coevolution and Social Theory
343
Glossary
365
Bibliography
385
Index
417
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