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Minds Make Societies


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Pascal Boyer is the Henry Luce Professor of Collective and Individual Memory and professor of anthropology and psychology at Washington University in St. Louis.


"[Boyer's] incisive investigation of 'six problems in search of a new science'. . . integrates an impressive range of research and attendant insights. An elegant voice in a clamorous field."-Nature

"Boyer does construct an increasingly textured narrative throughout Minds Make Societies" - Sarah Lane Ritchie, Philosophy, Theology and the Sciences

"Provides a precious introduction to the main discoveries generated by cognitive and evolutionary approaches to anthropology in the last few decades."-Olivier Morin, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

"The most important work on a science of human culture in years."-Leda Cosmides, University of California, Santa Barbara

"Pascal Boyer has written a wide-ranging, clear, and convincing book. It is an essential reading for anyone who wants to better understand the workings of our social world."-Hugo Mercier, co-author of The Enigma of Reason

"Pascal Boyer's elegant and insightful essays on human nature and human society show the power of combining anthropology, evolutionary theory, and cognitive psychology. I particularly like his balance and even-handedness in evaluating various contending social theories."-Herbert Gintis, author of Individuality and Entanglement: The Moral and Material Bases of Social Life

"Read Pascal Boyer's cool and captivating new book Minds Make Societies. It will change forever your understanding of society and culture."-Dan Sperber, co-author of The Enigma of Reason

"Minds Make Societies is must-reading for those who are interested in what a new generation of scientists is discovering."-John Tooby, Co-Director, Center for Evolutionary Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara

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