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The Idiot Girls Action-Adventure Club: True Tales from a Magnificent and Clumsy Life
The Idiot Girls Action-Adventure Club: True Tales from a Magnificent and Clumsy Life Laurie Notaro 0375760911 9780375760914 This book is an intellectual tour de force: a comprehensive Darwinian interpretation of human development.
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The Idiot Girls Action-Adventure Club: True Tales from a Magnificent and Clumsy Life by Laurie Notaro

This book is an intellectual tour de force: a comprehensive Darwinian interpretation of human development. Looking at the entire range of human evolutionary history, Melvin Konner tells the compelling and complex story of how cross-cultural and universal characteristics of our growth from infancy to adolescence became rooted in genetically inherited characteristics of the human brain.All study of our evolution starts with one simple truth: human beings take an extraordinarily long time to grow up. What does this extended period of dependency have to do with human brain growth and social interactions? And why is play a sign of cognitive complexity, and a spur for cultural evolution? As Konner explores these questions, and topics ranging from bipedal walking to incest taboos, he firmly lays the foundations of psychology in biology.As his book eloquently explains, human learning and the greatest human intellectual accomplishments are rooted in our inherited capacity for attachments to each other. In our love of those we learn from, we find our way as individuals and as a species. Never before has this intersection of the biology and psychology of childhood been so brilliantly described.Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution, wrote Dobzhansky. In this remarkable book, Melvin Konner shows that nothing in childhood makes sense except in the light of evolution.

Author: Laurie Notaro

Language: English

Edition: 1st

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 225

Publisher: Villard

Publication Date: 2002-07-02

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ISBN: 0375760911


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