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The Social Leap: The New Evolutionary Science of Who We Are, Where We Come From, and What Makes Us Happy

Approfondimenti chiave da William von Hippel

The Social Leap: The New Evolutionary Science of Who We Are, Where We Come From, and What Makes Us Happy


Approfondimenti chiave da William von Hippel

The Social Leap: The New Evolutionary Science of Who We Are, Where We Come From, and What Makes Us Happy

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A fascinating exploration of how early human existence shapes your life today.

From problem-solving to social intelligence to satisfaction, the “social leap” made by primitive human ancestors still shapes modern life. In this Snapshot, you’ll discover how evolutionary science blends anthropology, biology, and history to provide a new perspective on human psychology. You’ll also learn how our ancient connections with social groups helped us evolve into the people we are today.

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  • Are interested in an evolutionary perspective of human psychology
  • Wonder how our current social lives and tribalism evolved
  • Want to know how primitive human culture affects modern society
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Introduction

If you’re afraid of the dark, you’re not alone. It’s perfectly natural to be afraid of being in total darkness — especially outdoors — because thousands of years of instinct are reminding your brain that you’re vulnerable to predators in the dark. Early humans quickly learned to prefer fire, light, company, and shelter to moonlit strolls through the woods. Why? Because most of those who wandered off into the dark never came back. This is just one example of how evolution shapes how your mind works, prompting you to pursue some things and avoid others, often without you being...

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