On the Origin of Tepees

On the Origin of Tepees

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An acclaimed BBC filmmaker uses his anthropological wiles to uncover the evolution of our ideas Adopting the part of a cultural Darwin, Jonnie Hughes headed off on a road trip across exotic America to observe the natural history of human culture in all its weirdness. As he dissects what makes some ideas flourish and others die off, investigates the fashion for low-riding jeans, the wording of memorable joke punch-lines, and the invenor of the iconic cowboy hat. a€œThis book is a delight. Hughesa€™s hilarious travels through the American West do for culture what Darwin did for biology.a€ Susan Blackmore, author of The Meme MachineAgain, as with spoken language, the foundation of writing is a suite of psychomotor Ideas: pen strokes. Again ... And ultimately, this odd and involved manual craft is connected to the same word-association fireworks as the spoken form of the language. ... His capacity to efficiently house this long line of colonists a€“ to host the growing cultural rainforest a€“ is reflected in the measure we call intelligence.

Title:On the Origin of Tepees
Author:Jonnie Hughes
Publisher:Oneworld Publications - 2012-07-05


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