Drawing on lessons from history, mathematical models, and lab experiments with humans and primates, Henrich explained how humanity’s evolutionary advantage has not been our individual capacity for intelligence, but rather the collective cultural knowledge we have accumulated over generations. He shared how genes and culture evolved together, with cultural adaptations feeding back to affect physical traits, and explained what this process means for how today’s technological advancements might affect future evolution.
Professor Henrich’s lecture was followed by a panel discussion led by Junior Fellows of Massey College.
About the Book
“Mind-stretching. . . . Henrich’s book will take you on a prodigious journey through human nature and society.” — Alun Anderson, New Scientist
“Henrich posits a unique approach to understanding human behavior, not in purely evolutionary terms, but as a process of cultural evolution.” — Library Journal