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Having read George Steiner’s monograph I can confirm that I find it a most impressive achievement. This volume is on the very cutting edge of research in the field it addresses. Its author is certainly one of the most innovative writers on the subject of cognitive human evolution. Here he proposes a volume dedicated to the role of neoteny in hominin evolution, particularly ...more
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Published May 3rd 2017 by Nova Science Publishers, New York
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Bonnye Matthews
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Neanderthals in Plato’s Cave—A Relativistic Approach to Cultural Evolution
George F. Steiner
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978153611904 $195.00 hardcover, 9781536119602 $195 e-book, 226 pp.
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Synopsis: George F. Steiner’s monograph, Neanderthals in Plato’s Cave is a phenomenal contribution not only to the field of cultural evolution in anthropology but also to an expanded multi-disciplinary array o
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Shenzi Wa Munga
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
At first reading, the hypothesis seems to contradict the basic tenets of dual inheritance theory. However, the book only refreshes, expands and makes DIT more realistic: if cultural evolution is modeled on biological rules, then any presentation of culture that does not acknowledge neoteny is incomplete and wanting. Given the arguably central role of neoteny in our biological evolution, ‘cultural neoteny’ must be seen as an important component of the cultural landscape. Steiner’s examples –immed ...more
Nadav
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Attempting to review a book as comprehensive, wide in scope and far reaching in implications as Neanderthals in Plato’s Cave is an extremely challenging task which I decided to undertake.
I will begin by trying to delineate the book’s main thesis as I understood it:
Up to about 60,000 years ago, the humans which we call “Homo Erectus” was developing in a balanced biological/cultural pattern. Environmental conditions resulted in biological changes (such as the enlargement of the brain),
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Bernie Taylor
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Neanderthals in Plato’s Cave" considers the evolution of modern man from theoretical and cultural models. Author George Steiner demonstrates great depth in his knowledge of the literature and provides multiple perspectives for the reader to form balanced decisions on the possibilities. The concepts that Steiner synthesizes will be greatly discussed and drawn on as reference points in future research. This work is a must for any paleontology, archaeological or anthropological collection. Bernie ...more
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The general topic of the cultural origins of hominins is receiving ever increased attention, not only from specialists but also from the informed section of the public. I think that the following review and synopsis – written by a scientific authority and, respectively, by a popular author – explain why the book is worth your consideration and in what it could contribute to its readers:

"This volume is on the very cutting edge of research in the field it addresses. Its author is
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André Poenaru
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Following Michael S. Jones’ call for articles showing the contemporary value of the great 20th century Romanian philosopher Lucian Blaga in various spheres of expertise, I have immediately thought of George F. Steiner’s recently published book, Neanderthals in Plato’s Cave. The evolutionary model forwarded by Steiner draws heavily on philosophical insights provided by Blaga and, although the volume was written for a scientifically-minded public, the author has adopted, updated and expanded some ...more
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George Steiner worked as a geologist, surveyor, teacher and tour guide, on four continents. A prolonged stay with a Bushman family in southern Africa made him reconsider an evolutionary hypothesis that he had drafted in the 1980s. The result was 'Bushman or Buddha,' the author’s debut volume. He was later adopted by a Bedouin tribe of the Negev Desert, where he became involved in the study of petr ...more