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Autor: Niccolo Leo Caldararo
ISBN-13: 9781498540889
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Seiten: 266
Sprache: Englisch
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Big Brains and the Human Superorganism

Why Special Brains Appear in Hominids and Other Social Animals
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This book examines why humans have big brains and how brains are associated with complex society and behavior in other animals. It compares brain evolution in social animals and examines the evolution of the human brain in social and historical contexts.
This book examines why humans have big brains, what big brains enable us to do, and how specialized brains are associated with eusociality in animals. It explores why brains expanded so slowly, and then why they stopped growing. This book whittles down the theories on brain size evolution to a few that represent testable hypotheses to identify logical and practical explanations for the phenomenon. At the core of this book is data derived from original, previously unpublished research on brain size in a number of social mammals. This data supports the idea that evolution of the brain in humans is the result of social interaction. This book also traces the products of the social brain: ideology, religion, urban life, housing, and learning and adapting to dense complex social interactions. It uniquely compares brain evolution in social animals across the animal kingdom, and examines the nature of the human brain and its evolution within the social and historical context of complex human social structures.
Part I: Brains and PerformanceChapter 1: Cranimania and Human BehaviorChapter 2: Brains: What are They Good For?Chapter 3: Group Size, Territory and DiseaseChapter 4: Performing as Human or as a Social BeingChapter 5: Smooth Brains, Convolutions, Complexity and AbilityChapter 6: Brain Sizes, Bigness and NeuronsChapter 7: A Brain of Two Parts: Cortex vs. Cerebellum Chapter 8: The Future of the Human BrainPart II: History of a Genus and the Evolution of SocietyChapter 9: Anthropocentric or Indifferent Universe?Chapter 10: Racism As a Human DiseaseChapter 11: Learning and “Hard Wiring”Chapter 12: The Housing Crisis and HomelessnessChapter 13: On the Curious Illusion of Human UniquenessReferencesAbout the Author

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Autor: Niccolo Leo Caldararo
ISBN-13 :: 9781498540889
ISBN: 1498540880
Verlag: Lexington Books
Seiten: 266
Sprache: Englisch
Sonstiges: Ebook