The Bridge to Humanity: How Affect Hunger Trumps the Selfish Gene by Walter Goldschmidt

The Bridge to Humanity: How Affect Hunger Trumps the Selfish Gene

byWalter Goldschmidt

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The Bridge to Humanity: How Affect Hunger Trumps the Selfish Gene explores the relationship of biology and culture in the evolution of human behavior. Building upon several of the theoretical issues he first addressed in Man's Way, renowned anthropologist Walter Goldschmidt presents a uniquelook at how human culture functions through biological mechanisms that have evolved from our distant past. "Affect hunger"--the need for affective expressions from others--underlies nurturance and mutuality. Goldschmidt contends that affect hunger--in combination with other factors unique to the human species--in effect "trumps" the selfish gene and is therefore the essential missing key tounderstanding human behavior. Employing discussions of primate behavior, ethnographies, cognitive studies, psychological research, and hormonal and neurological studies, he demonstrates how affect hunger not only provides a reward system for learning language and other cultural information, but alsoremains a motive for social behavior throughout life. Transforming the debate on nature versus culture to one on nature and culture, The Bridge to Humanity provides a fresh perspective on the ways that biology and culture fit together. Indeed, in this book Goldschmidt reinterprets anthropologicalknowledge, profoundly affecting all students concerned with human behavior and reaching far beyond the discipline's borders.

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Walter Goldschmidt is at UCLA (Emeritus).
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Title:The Bridge to Humanity: How Affect Hunger Trumps the Selfish GeneFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 5.51 × 8.19 × 0.71 inPublished:August 26, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface: Chapter 1. Nature and NurtureThe Confrontation and Its BackgroundPublic Interest in the IssueToward a Resolution of the ConflictChapter 2. Heritage from the Distant PastThe Issue of the "Selfish Gene"Fundamental Elements for HumanityLearningOur Ancient HeritageChapter 3. Tools for the TransitionThe Evolutionary GambleThe Relevance of Human Speech to Tool-MakingOn the Origin of LanguageLanguage and the BrainThe EmotionsRitualPsychological MiscellanyChapter 4. Affect HungerDefinitionThe Ethology of InfancyThe Chemistry of Affect HungerThe Brain and Affect HungerAffect Hunger and the Social OrderChapter 5. Revolution in the NurserySummary of Our HeritageThe Nature of the Revolution"Intrinsic" Indoctrination of PersonalityAn Unanticipated ExperimentAffect and AdulthoodChapter 6. CultureDefinition of CultureLanguage as Communication of Cultural UnderstandingRitual as Communication of Cultural SentimentCareersReinforcementCultural AdaptabilitySummaryChapter 7. Cultural EvolutionThe Nature of Cultural EvolutionThe Search for EdenEcological AdaptationsBelonging and the Self: KinshipClansUrban TransformationsPossessions and the SelfAreteAffect DeprivationChapter 8. Body and SoulThe Ontology of RealityBodySoulThe Soul and CultureChapter 9. A View of the BridgeDualityAffect HungerLoveLanguageFabricationCommunicating FeelingCultural WorldsThe Symbolic SelfAffect Hunger and Cultural EvolutionSelf and OtherOne Final ThoughtCoda: References Cited: Index:

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"Dr. Goldschmidt is both an extremely sharp and original thinker and a very, very respected 'elder' in our tribe. He knows the field as do few, if any, others. . . . An amazingly original and insightful book."--Eugene Anderson, University of California, Riverside