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From Apes to Cyborgs

New Perspectives on Human Evolution

Authors: Tuniz, Claudio, Tiberi Vipraio, Patrizia

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  • Latest evidence on how complex human societies emerged
  • New hypotheses on the origins of modern human behavior
  • Holistic analysis drawing on various disciplines
  • Examination of the risks as artificial intelligence emerges
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This book offers fascinating insights into the lives of our ancestors and investigates the dynamic processes that led to the establishment of complex human societies. It provides a holistic view of human history and social evolution by drawing on the latest evidence from a wide range of disciplines and proposes new hypotheses on the origins of human behaviour. After exploration of the encounters of Homo sapiens with other human species, diverse aspects of life in emerging societies are examined, including clothing, work, leisure, learning, diet, disease, and the role of women. Attention is drawn to the key role of self-domestication – the process of reducing natural aggression and increasing playfulness – in enabling survival. Another focus is Homo oeconomicus. The significance of symbolic thought for the emergence of surpluses in goods and services is highlighted, with analysis of how this led to private accumulation of wealth and development of the first hierarchical societies. Finally, the discussion turns to humans of the future and the potential risks posed by artificial intelligence. The aim is to unveil the deep roots of our social behaviour and how it is going to intertwine with the development of digital technologies and social networks.

About the authors

Claudio Tuniz is a Scientific Fellow of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Coordinator of the project SAPIENS (Physics Methods in Human Origin Studies) at the Fermi Centre in Rome, and Honorary Professor at the Centre for Archaeological Science in Australia. He is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences (Springer Nature) and has authored The Bone Readers (with R. Gillespie and C. Jones; Routledge, 2009; Springer Nature, 2010), Radioactivity (Oxford University Press, UK, 2012; Carocci, 2013), The Science of Human Origins (with G. Manzi and D. Caramelli; Laterza, 2013; Routledge, 2014), and Humans (with P. Tiberi Vipraio; Carocci, 2015; Springer Nature, 2016).

Patrizia Tiberi Vipraio was Full Professor of Economic Policy and Associate Professor of International Economics at the University of Udine, Italy, where she also lectured on Monetary Policy and Industrial Economics. She has been associated with various universities in Europe and Australia. She has authored a number of academic papers and books, including Dal mercantilismo alla globalizzazione (From Mercantilism to Globalization) (Il Mulino, Bologna, 1999) and Humans (with Claudio Tuniz; Carocci, 2015; Springer Nature, 2016).

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • Our Deep History: A Short Overview

    Pages 1-10

    Tuniz, Claudio (et al.)

  • Human Biodiversity and Close Encounters

    Pages 11-26

    Tuniz, Claudio (et al.)

  • The March for Hegemony

    Pages 27-40

    Tuniz, Claudio (et al.)

  • The Naked Ape Dresses Up

    Pages 41-47

    Tuniz, Claudio (et al.)

  • The Evolution of Woman

    Pages 49-58

    Tuniz, Claudio (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
From Apes to Cyborgs
Book Subtitle
New Perspectives on Human Evolution
Authors
Series Title
Popular Science
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-36522-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-36522-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-36521-9
Series ISSN
2626-6113
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 174
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations
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