Book Reviews — Population Studies

Book Review: A Different Kind of Animal: How Culture Transformed Our Species

A Different Kind of Animal: How Culture Transformed Our Species by Robert Boyd Reviewed by Amy Ione.

Boyd introduces his theory that biology and culture are both evolutionary, a topic he’s been working on with Peter Richerson for three decades. Four Responses to the lectures also included in the volume. All four commentators endorse the contours of Boyd’s theory and their critiques also raise valid questions. The commentators are H. Allen Orr, an evolutionary biologist; Ruth Mace, an evolutionary anthropologist; Kim Sterelny, a philosopher of science; and Paul Seabright, an economist.

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