Roy F. Baumeister

in The Cultural Animal

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9780195167030
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199894147 | DOI:

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This chapter presents some concluding thoughts from the author. It argues that culture is a strategy, in the sense that culture appeared because it served the biological goals of survival and reproduction. Cultural animals survive and reproduce better than their biological relatives that are not cultural. Culture must offer advantages that produce those benefits. Culture is also what is special about human beings. No other animal uses culture to anywhere near the extent that humans do. Nearly all human beings rely on culture for their survival, and in this respect they are widely different from the other animals in which some forms of cultural activity (such as potato washing or tool use) have been recorded. Without their culture, those animals' lives would not be much different.

Keywords: human psyche; culture; social animal; human beings

Chapter.  3936 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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