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Human Evolution beyond Biology and Culture

Evolutionary Social, Environmental and Policy Sciences

By Jeroen C. J. M. van den Bergh

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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 such generalised evolutionary thought has been applied: the arts, the brain, climate change, cooking, criminality, environmental problems, futurism, gender issues, group processes, humour, industrial dynamics, institutions, languages, medicine, music, psychology, public policy, religion, sex, sociality and sports.

Product code: 9781108456883

ISBN 9781108456883
Dimensions H245xW174xS27
No. of pages 564
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Offers a close to complete view on topics that have been addressed from an evolutionary angle, with a focus on social science. A broad readership, including academics from natural to social sciences, and a general audience, are guaranteed to find a lot to their taste in the book.