By Joseph Henrich
Humans are a difficult species. at the one hand, we fight to outlive on our personal within the wild, frequently failing to beat even uncomplicated demanding situations, like acquiring nutrients, construction shelters, or fending off predators. nevertheless, human teams have produced inventive applied sciences, subtle languages, and intricate associations that experience authorised us to effectively extend right into a gigantic diversity of numerous environments. What has enabled us to dominate the globe, greater than the other species, whereas last almost helpless as lone members? This booklet indicates that the key of our good fortune lies now not in our innate intelligence, yet in our collective brains--on the power of human teams to socially interconnect and research from each other over generations.
Drawing insights from misplaced ecu explorers, shrewdpermanent chimpanzees, cellular hunter-gatherers, neuroscientific findings, historical bones, and the human genome, Joseph Henrich demonstrates how our collective brains have propelled our species' genetic evolution and formed our biology. Our early capacities for studying from others produced many cultural thoughts, similar to fireplace, cooking, water bins, plant wisdom, and projectile guns, which in flip drove the growth of our brains and adjusted our body structure, anatomy, and psychology in an important methods. in a while, a few collective brains generated and recombined robust recommendations, corresponding to the lever, wheel, screw, and writing, whereas additionally developing the associations that proceed to change our motivations and perceptions. Henrich indicates how our genetics and biology are inextricably interwoven with cultural evolution, and the way culture-gene interactions introduced our species on a rare evolutionary trajectory.
Tracking clues from our historic previous to the current, The mystery of Our Success explores how the evolution of either our cultural and social natures produce a collective intelligence that explains either our species' enormous good fortune and the origins of human uniqueness.