Humans have created a whole new evolutionary arena for themselves, in which competition for status becomes a new type of selection pressure that shapes both our sociocultural patterns and our biology. In the newly published book “The Third Pasture”, the author Whig integrates multiple disciplinary perspectives and puts forward new insights into the evolution of human society. What he tried to explain was what kind of window of opportunity did the genes of competition and cooperation rooted in human nature evolve into a highly complex human society? Infer a universal human nature.
The formation of civilization may be a series of coincidences and even misunderstandings, but their trajectory has led us from the life-and-death jungle society to the more profound and restrained social organization we enjoy today. It is this seemingly irregular evolutionary path that enables human beings to broaden the boundaries of human nature and defend those qualities we cherish most—free will, courage, and sense of responsibility—in crisis and challenge after crisis.
July 6th (Thursday) at 2:00 pm, Beijing News Book Review Weekly Cultural Living Room’s 156th event, we joined hands with Hantang Sunshine to invite Huig, the author of “The Third Ranch”, and Wei Zhou, a book reviewer, to focus on “The Third Ranch” The Ranch” discusses the question of “who are we?” As a “selection pressure” in a large hierarchical society, how does status competition affect the cultural form of society? Can we infer a universal human nature from the evolutionary pattern of society? Has human nature also undergone some kind of “natural selection”?
who are we?