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Beasts for Culture

Roy F. Baumeister

in The Cultural Animal

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9780195167030
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199894147 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167030.003.0001
Beasts for Culture

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This book seeks to give a comprehensive overview of human psychological functioning — desire, thought, emotion, action, and interactions — as well as how these facets affect each other. In order to understand how the human psyche is put together, we need to understand its functions, which is to say, what it was designed to do. This chapter begins by describing the three different worlds in which we live: the physical environment, the social world, and culture. It then discusses: the essence of culture; evolution and culture; the relationship between the individual human being and culture; the biological advantages of culture; and the changes that rendered human nature capable of participating in a cultural society. An overview of the subsequent chapters is presented.

Keywords: human psyche; culture; human beings; cultural society

Chapter.  21338 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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