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The Secret of Our Success

How Culture Is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating Our Species, and Making Us Smarter
Lu par : Jonathan Yen
Durée : 17 h et 15 min
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Humans are a puzzling species. On the one hand, we struggle to survive on our own in the wild, often failing to overcome even basic challenges, like obtaining food, building shelters, or avoiding predators. On the other hand, human groups have produced ingenious technologies, sophisticated languages, and complex institutions that have permitted us to successfully expand into a vast range of diverse environments.

What has enabled us to dominate the globe, more than any other species, while remaining virtually helpless as lone individuals? This book shows that the secret of our success lies not in our innate intelligence, but in our collective brains - on the ability of human groups to socially interconnect and learn from one another over generations.

Drawing insights from lost European explorers, clever chimpanzees, mobile hunter-gatherers, neuroscientific findings, ancient bones, and the human genome, Joseph Henrich demonstrates how our collective brains have propelled our species' genetic evolution and shaped our biology.

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  • Stanton
  • 18/08/2018

One of the rare accessible, paradigm-shifting books!

I think this book will appeal to both academics and the general public. However, some of the evolutionary concepts *might* require a little extra work (e.g. Wikipedia) for some non-scientific folks. For me this book significantly shifted my perspective and understanding of the “human story” in a major and permanent way. Other books that had that level of impact on me were “Thinking Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman and Jared Diamond’s “Guns, Germs, and Steel”.

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  • Daniel
  • 07/10/2018

Excellent book

Excellent book on culture-gene coevolution. It’s a must read for everyone who works in the domain of culture or simply wants to better understand culture. The audio performance is great too

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  • Maja
  • 12/07/2020

So important -- especially now

It has been fascinating, informative and inspiring listening to this book. When I saw how long it was, I hesitated, but it was engaging the whole time. The reader was definitely a pro, but I would have preferred a softer tone. To understand how we humans came to be the way we are -- as this book so clearly conveys -- is so very important as we enter an unprecedented shift in culture and society. The ideas in this book are vital knowledge as we navigate together what lies ahead.

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  • Jaime
  • 14/05/2020

sapiens 2

if you liked sapiens you should read this book. an intriguing and entertaining take on genetic-social-technological co-evolution

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16/01/2020

A bit long but rewarding

This is a very detailed book, and much of it doesn’t lend itself to the audio format - lists, diagrams etc. Nonetheless, the ideas were new and interesting to a layman such as myself.

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  • Atis
  • 18/11/2019

One teacher leads to degredation

Nice book. I loved it. Best idea I' ve got is - learn from many teachers not one, if You want to be the best in something.

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  • Graeme Newell
  • 27/09/2019

The power of sociality to supercharge evolution

This is an interesting book on cultural anthropology and how our very social brains influenced human evolution. We tend to think of evolution as a primarily biological process, but the authors do a good job of showing how social interaction had a profound impact on the transformation of our bodies and brains. The authors are two very smart people and the book explains some of the most interesting research being done in evolutionary science. Humanity’s killer app was not so much our big brains, it was the development of social systems that allowed important knowledge to be stored and shared within a tribe and over time. One person could come up with a game changing survival tactic. Sociality allowed that innovation to promulgate. Thus the tactic didn’t disappear when that person died. Physical evolution takes a very long time. Human cultural evolution can happen in a single generation. Social and cultural evolution lead the way to important physical changes. Domestication of animals literally changed our human bodies. Adults quickly developed the ability to digest dairy. Social hunting techniques drove changes in our bodies that facilitated the ability to throw projectiles, run faster, and sweat. The authors show how adherence to social norms was (and continues to be) a powerful driver that’s now hardwired into our brains. New research shows that infants will punish a wrongdoer and reward those who follow the rules. This book needed to be edited a bit more astutely. Quite a few times it wandered off into the weeds. The authors have so much knowledge that it’s just hard for them not to reveal everything they know. It was a bit of a bipolar read - either delightfully engrossing or annoyingly tangential. Had the book been 25% shorter, it would have been stronger. Still, I learned a lot. It revolutionized my opinion on the power of sociality to accelerate human evolution. Humanity’s ability to work as a team is our greatest superpower. We bicker, fight and kill each other, but underneath all that bluster are powerfully effective social systems that continue to allow homos sapiens to learn, survive catastrophes, and care for each other.

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  • Aleksei
  • 17/09/2019

Brilliant

Clear and consistent narrative of who we are and how we got here. Eye opening!

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  • dixon
  • 10/07/2019

Great book, but audio is way too quiet. Can barely heart with AirPods in the city streets

Great book, but audio is way too quiet. Can barely heart with AirPods in the city streets

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  • Seth Godin
  • 12/06/2019

I can't get past the narrator

This book is unlistenable, at least for me. Going to buy the book and read it. Buy with care.