Sunday July 5, 2020

The inner voice of the tribe that drives our evolution

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

19th May, 2012
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


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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