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1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly thought out... to say the least., September 27, 2005
This review is from: The Cultural Origins of Human Cognition (Paperback)
I read this book as a course requirement for a Developmental Psychology class while at university. I was heavily critical of it, and as a result got off to a bad start with the professor.

Tomasello's inability to write engaging and manageable prose is his first problem (his over use of the word "conspecific" was such that I wanted to slit my own wrists everytime I read it). The second more important is that this book fails to answer the most fundamental of the questions which it addresses. That question being, what is the spark? The catalyst? Or as he refer's to it "the magic bullet". Simply, what was it that promted social learning in primitive ancestral human societies, and peer groups? In the beginning chapters, he writes as though this book is the definitive answer and then forgets about it past chapter 1. If you'll forgive the pun, he dodges the bullet completely and leaves us exactly where we started.

Those being the two major issues I had with the book are reason enough to recommend that you not read it, unless otherwise forced to by professors who thinks the sun shine's out of Tomasello's hind end. The other problems include narrow views of certain questions, and failing to address alternative answers.

Trust me, there are much better Evolutionary Psychology books available. This one needs to be placed in the 'Useless' section right along with "Dianetics".
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Initial post: Dec 23, 2012, 9:12:49 PM PST
James G. Lee says:
Christ on a Crutch. As bad as Dianetics?

OK, then.

Posted on Oct 4, 2013, 7:28:19 AM PDT
Q says:
Not fair to Tomasello. Even if we grant that he fails to address adequately the original motivation for the developments he describes, his analysis of those developments is very original and without parallel.

Posted on Jan 1, 2015, 3:46:48 PM PST
Daniel Mcvey says:
"Tomasello's inability to write engaging and manageable prose is his first problem (his over use of the word "conspecific" was such that I wanted to slit my own wrists everytime I read it)."

Your bad for expecting to be entertained by a book about cultural cognition.

Posted on Aug 29, 2015, 1:24:02 AM PDT
nosmoke2005 says:
What alternative books do you refer to?
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