The inner voice of the tribe that drives our evolution

The inner voice of the tribe that drives our evolution
In his new book, Mark Pagel argues that culture was never a luxury but, rather, the true driving force behind our evolution. Photo: Thinkstock

Wired for Culture: The Natural History of Human Cooperation by Mark Pagel. Allen Lane, €31.50. Reviewed by Dermot Bolger.

Wired for Culture: The Natural History of Human Cooperation by Mark Pagel

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A wise, elderly lady once told me that upon commencing her eighth decade, she decided to share her home only with animals. Unlike dogs, which are content to lie for hours by a fire, she felt that humans lacked the ability ever to truly be content and that, at some stage during our development, we "lost our way".

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