Mixed Messages: Cultural and Genetic Inheritance in the Constitution of Human Society

Mixed Messages: Cultural and Genetic Inheritance in the Constitution of Human Society

Robert A. Paul


As social and symbolic animals—animals with language and platforms of signs—humans are trained by way of other forms of history, one organic, the opposite cultural. students have tended to review our genetic and symbolic lineages individually, yet in recent times a few have began to discover them jointly, providing a “dual inheritance theory.” during this booklet, Robert A. Paul bargains a wholly new and unique attention of our twin inheritance to this point, going deep within an in depth ethnographic checklist to stipulate a desirable dating among our genetic codes and symbolic systems.
           
analyzing a wide range of cultures, Paul unearths how the inherent tensions among those modes of transmission generate some of the beneficial properties of human society, resembling marriage principles, initiation rituals, gender asymmetry, and sexual symbolism. Exploring variations within the requisites, variety, and agendas of genetic and symbolic copy, he exhibits appropriately conceived twin inheritance version does a greater task of accounting for the exact personality of exact human societies than both evolutionary or socio-cultural development theories can do by myself. finally this e-book bargains a robust demand a synthesis of the traditions encouraged by way of Darwin, Durkheim, and Freud—one that's severely priceless if we're to boost our realizing of human social life.

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