The Secret of Our Success: How Culture Is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating Our Species, and Making Us Smarter

Author: Joseph Henrich


by pure-awesome   2019-09-07
There's a book called "The Secret of Our Success" which covers this topic.

I have not read the book, but I've read a pretty good summary and blog post about it here (~7'700 words):

I found the arguments fascinating. Especially surprising was the argument that e.g. using bones to divine where to hunt can serve a useful role despite the apparent uselessness of divination. In this case, the argument goes, it serves as a randomizing tool to prevent over-hunting in one spot by independent groups (though of course the tribes themselves could not provide that reasoning).


Follow-up blog posts:

A list of excerpts chosen by the blog author:

Comments on the previous blog posts (useful particularly because some comments point out potential errors in the book):