Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. 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 Over the last three million years or so, our lineage has diverged sharply from those of our great ape relatives. 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 apes.
Sterelny 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. Get A Copy.
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I will not go into a debate on the merits or lack thereof of evolutionary psych but I will just describe the argument. It sets out to answer a question since human evolution was relatively fast and extreme, what is the main driver of this change that made a chimplike primate into the current superspecies. The book argues that the variable environment nudge hominid development into a positive This book is a work of evolutionary psychology. The book argues that the variable environment nudge hominid development into a positive feedback loop with the need for social learning as the driver.
We became a species where our young had to be apprenticed in survival expertise which was handed down generationally. That is why the book has this title. Reader , Steven M. Look, no hands!
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