We may think culture is strictly a human accomplishment. This book looks into 3 non-human cultures in some of Earth’s remaining wild places. Shows how a sperm whale, a scarlet macaw, a chimpanzee experience life with the understanding it’s an individual within a community. We aren’t who we are by genes alone. Our culture is a second form of inheritance received from thousands of individuals as pools of knowledge passing through generations. Cultures grow & evolve, so does collective learning. As situations shift, so does our community’s capacity to learn, especially social learning which allows behaviours to adjust much faster than genes alone could adapt.
Becoming Wild brings us close to the lives of animals to show how they teach, evolve & learn. With reporting from deep in nature, Carl Safina offers a fresh understanding of what is constantly going on beyond humanity.