The Secret of Our Success by Joseph Henrich

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A book discussing the importance of cultural evolution, a phenomenon that is largely unique to our species. It has allowed us to adapt to our environment at a rate far quicker than genetic evolution.  Whilst accepting the benefits, we must acknowledge the risks.

From the Aesop’s Fable – Hare thought he was so fast that it wouldn’t cost him much if he rests for a while. It was his negligence in competition assessment cost him the race. I believe, it would be fairly right to say that the tortoise did not win the race, it was hare who lost it.” – Mukesh Pandey

In the coming decades, our future may be determined by our “cultural wisdom”. The Secret of Our Success by Joseph Henrich makes good reading.

Henrich, Joseph, The Secret of Our Success: How Culture Is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating Our Species, and Making Us Smarter (Princeton University Press, 2015) <https://books.google.com.au/books/about/The_Secret_of_Our_Success.html?id=HFHpCAAAQBAJ&pgis=1> [accessed 30 December 2015]

 

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