About The Human Niche

In biology, a species adapts into a niche.

What is a niche?

A niche is the potential of an actuality independent of the adapting species.

Some niches are small. These are called “proximate”. Some niches are crucial. These are called “ultimate”.

So, what is our species’ ultimate niche?

The answer should not surprise. But, the path to its articulation may.

The answer rests on commentaries on four books on human evolution. These comments are published separately. They demonstrate the richness of the proposal.

The books are:

The Prehistory of the Mind: The Cognitive Origins of Art, Religion and Science (1996) by Steven Mithen

Thinking Big: How the Evolution of Social Life Shaped the Human Mind (2014) by Clive Gamble, John Gowlett and Robin Dunbar

More than Nature Needs: Language, Mind and Evolution (2014) by Derek Bickerton

Why Only Us: Language and Evolution (2016) by Robert C. Berwick and Noam Chomsky

These are the pillars upon which The Human Niche rests. More commentary will follow.

Here is another portal to a new age of understanding.

For a high-school or college course on this topic, pertaining to the Lebenswelt that we evolved in, see the page on empowerment.

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