Gary Evans – Ancient Wisdom for the Modern Age: Part One


Published on Sep 6, 2015

Gary Evans discusses the process of personal awakening. Although much used in the media today, the term ‘awakening’ can mean different things to different people. To some, the nebulous use of ‘awakening’ in New Age circles and the non-event that was 2012 have rendered the word almost meaningless. Beyond all this, however, it can represent something real. Many people are currently undergoing a shift in perspective that can affect everything from their personal lives to their entire worldview. Although often confusing and even traumatic, this shift can allow us to set aside the distractions and ephemera of everyday existence, ease the stress and strain of the lives society insists we should be living, and open up a space in which we can come to truly know ourselves. At this time of unparalleled chaos and upheaval, a profound change in how we see ourselves, others and the world at large offers the opportunity to forge a future very different from the one we currently face.

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Not By Genes Alone: How Culture Transformed Human Evolution ~ Peter J. Richerson and Robert Boyd


Humans are a striking anomaly in the natural world. While we are similar to other mammals in many ways, our behavior sets us apart. Our unparalleled ability to adapt has allowed us to occupy virtually every habitat on earth using an incredible variety of tools and subsistence techniques. Our societies are larger, more complex, and more cooperative than any other mammal’s. In this stunning exploration of human adaptation, Peter J. Richerson and Robert Boyd argue that only a Darwinian theory of cultural evolution can explain these unique characteristics.

Not by Genes Alone offers a radical interpretation of human evolution, arguing that our ecological dominance and our singular social systems stem from a psychology uniquely adapted to create complex culture. Richerson and Boyd illustrate here that culture is neither superorganic nor the handmaiden of the genes. Rather, it is essential to human adaptation, as much a part of human biology as bipedal locomotion. Drawing on work in the fields of anthropology, political science, sociology, and economics—and building their case with such fascinating examples as kayaks, corporations, clever knots, and yams that require twelve men to carry them—Richerson and Boyd convincingly demonstrate that culture and biology are inextricably linked, and they show us how to think about their interaction in a way that yields a richer understanding of human nature.

In abandoning the nature-versus-nurture debate as fundamentally misconceived, Not by Genes Alone is a truly original and groundbreaking theory of the role of culture in evolution and a book to be reckoned with for generations to come.

Peter J. Richerson is professor of environmental science at the University of California, Davis. Robert Boyd is professor of anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Prolific authors and editors, they coauthored Culture and the Evolutionary Process, published by the University of Chicago Press.

Robert Boyd is professor of anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Prolific authors and editors, they coauthored Culture and the Evolutionary Process, published by the University of Chicago Press.

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Tim Tyler: Not by Genes Alone, by Boyd and Richerson (review)

Review of “Not By Genes Alone: How Culture Transformed Human Evolution” – by Peter J. Richerson and Robert Boyd.


CARTA: Culture-Gene Interactions: Peter Richerson-Culture-led Gene-culture Coevolution


(Visit: http://www.uctv.tv/) In the classic nature-nurture dichotomy, nature has a stronger or weaker influence on nurture, but certainly nurture was supposed to have no impact on nature. Human culture is often taken to be a form of nurture. However, culture itself has evolutionary properties. In particular, culture generates novel environments that in turn select for novel genes. A few dramatic cases of this effect are well known and many more are suspected. Peter Richerson, UC Davis, explains why the nature-nurture dichotomy is an impediment to clear thinking and should be abandoned. Series: “CARTA – Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny” [Science] [Show ID: 24108]

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