Techno-cultural Evolution

Techno-cultural Evolution

Cycles of Creation and Conflict

eBook - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
Publisher description: A new analysis of human behavior that seeks to explain violent clashes between high-tech cultures and those clinging to sacred traditions and shows that new technology changes cultures much as mutations change DNA.

Univ of Nebraska
Evolution has long shaped human behavior. Yet just recently have we learned that evolution based on natural selection is not the continuous process Darwin assumed. It is instead a two-part process of change and stability called punctuated equilibrium, with natural selection operating mainly on the frontiers of change. Taking account of biology’s latest understanding of evolution, it becomes clear that culture evolves by a similar process. This is important because over the past 30,000 years most human evolution and the behavioral changes that go with it have occurred in our culturesnot in our genes. Knowing the process by which culture evolves clarifies the origin of many of our current problems, both within and between cultures. The author contends that new technology drives cultural evolution much as mutations change our DNA. The problem is that technology is now coming at us so fast that it is inducing circuit overload” in cultures all over the world, leading to conflict. Techno-Cultural Evolution, which builds on the insights of such bestsellers as Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs, and Steel andCollapse, explains how this process worksand what it means for all of us.

Book News
Wallace (business, St. Martin's College) posits that human evolution is occurring in culture rather than biology, and that changes in culture are propelled by technology. His aim is to explain biological evolution and cultural evolution affected by technological innovation in a Darwinian framework. He describes Darwin's theory, punctuated equilibrium, and the process of evolution he defines as following these stages: frontier, release, overexploited opportunity, crash, and adaptation (FROCA). Along the way, he traces human evolution in terms of technology and ends with a consideration of the effects of globalization. Distributed by Books International. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Potomac Books, Inc, Ă2007
ISBN: 9781612343259
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxvi, 267 pages)


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