Three Evolutionary Pieces: Review Essays on the Origins and Evolution of Culture

47 Pages Posted: 3 Jul 2013

Date Written: July 2, 2013

Abstract

This document collects three previously published essay reviews that discuss five books: Steven Mithen, The Singing Neanderthals: The Origins of Music, Language, Mind and Body (2005). James L. Pearson, Shamanism and the Ancient Mind: A Cognitive Approach to Archaeology (2002). David Sloan Wilson, Darwin's Cathedral: Evolution, Religion, and the Nature of Society (2002). Franco Moretti, Graphs, Maps, Trees: Abstract Models for a Literary History (2005). Jonathan Gottschall and David Sloan Wilson, eds. The Literary Animal: Evolution and the Nature of Narrative (2005). Taken together they cover music, drawing and painting (on rock), and literature and cover periods from human pre-history, through the emergence of modern man, to contemporary culture and society.

Keywords: religion, shamanism, group selection, rock art, literature, cultural evolution, music, human origins

Suggested Citation

Benzon, William L., Three Evolutionary Pieces: Review Essays on the Origins and Evolution of Culture (July 2, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2288881 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2288881

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