How Compassion Made Us Human: An Archaeology of Stone Age Sentiment
How Compassion Made Us Human: An Archaeology of Stone Age Sentiment

How Compassion Made Us Human: An Archaeology of Stone Age Sentiment

Penny Spikins

(author)

Hardback
The first book to combine the idea that our early ancestors did care for one another in an unselfish way with archaeological evidence. It is the evolution of compassionate and emotional thoughts which has shaped us as humans. It allows the reader to see the emotional similarities between themselves and their very early ancestors for the first time.
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Our capacity to care about the wellbeing of others, whether they are close family or strangers, can appear to be unimportant in today's competitive societies. However, in this volume Penny Spikins argues that compassion lies at the heart of what makes us human. She takes us on a journey from the earliest stone age societies two million years ago to the lives of Neanderthals in Ice Age Europe, using archaeological evidence to illustrate the central role that emotional connections had in human evolution. Simple acts of kindness left to us from millions of years ago provide evidence for how social emotions and morality evolved, and how our capacity to reach out beyond ourselves into the lives of others allowed us to work together for a common good, and form the basis for human success.
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Book publisher Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Publication date 7 May 2015
Format Hardback
Pages 176
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