Techno-Cultural Evolution: Cycles of Creation and Conflict (Paperback)
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Techno-Cultural Evolution: Cycles of Creation and Conflict (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 30/06/2007
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Evolution has long shaped human behavior. Yet just recently have we learned that evolution based on natural selection is not the continuous process Darwin assumed. It is instead a two-part process of change and stability called punctuated equilibrium, with natural selection operating mainly on the frontiers of change. Taking account of biology's latest understanding of evolution, it becomes clear that culture evolves by a similar process. This is important because over the past 30,000 years most human evolution and the behavioral changes that go with it have occurred in our cultures-not in our genes. Knowing the process by which culture evolves clarifies the origin of many of our current problems, both within and between cultures. The author contends that new technology drives cultural evolution much as mutations change our DNA. The problem is that technology is now coming at us so fast that it is inducing"circuit overload" in cultures all over the world, leading to conflict. Techno-Cultural Evolution, which builds on the insights of such bestsellers as Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse, explains how this process works-and what it means for all of us.

Publisher: Potomac Books Inc
ISBN: 9781597971072
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 445 g
Dimensions: 230 x 150 x 22 mm


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"An interesting and unorthodox approach to one of the great scientific mysteries of today--how culture evolves. Genetic evolution is a well-verified and quite complete theory, but there is no comprehensive view on how human non-genetic information changes through time. Techno-Cultural Evolution takes a novel step in that direction."--Paul R. Ehrlich, Bing Professor of Population Studies, Stanford University, and author of Human Nature: Genes, Cultures, and the Human Prospect--Paul R. Ehrlich
"From the first tool to the present day, Wallace's Techno-Cultural Evolution reveals the inner workings of the systems that make and break us. It is a book for the times--carefully reasoned, deep, and immediately relevant to the decisions facing us today. His 'FROCA' theory has the elegance that marks an enduring hypothesis."--Tim Flannery, director of the South Australian Museum and author of The Eternal Frontier: An Ecological History of North America and Its Peoples--Tim Flannery
"W. M. Wallace's book on the subject of cultural evolution and technology certainly makes for good reading. This new entry to the relatively scarce collection of texts on technological evolution is elegantly edited and well-written, and contributes much original food for thought. . . . In [its] final chapters, the conflict between Western and Eastern cultures and the clash between Christian and Islamic fundamentalism is very intelligently analyzed. The strength of this book relies undoubtedly on these final chapters, and I personally recommend it to any intelligent person who is concerened about humanity's future and interested in being acquainted on how the world presently operates."--American Journal of Human Biology--American Journal of Human Biology
"Provides a general tour of human history to outline a theory that aims to answer the question of why and how technology evolves. . . . Recommended."--Choice--Choice

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