A Talent for Friendship: Rediscovery of a Remarkable Trait

Hardcover | November 12, 2014

byJohn Edward Terrell

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This lively, provocative text presents a new way to understand friendship. Professor John Terrell argues that the ability to make friends is an evolved human trait not unlike our ability to walk upright on two legs or our capacity for speech and complex abstract reasoning. Terrell charts howthis trait has evolved by investigating two unique functions of the human brain: the ability to remake the outside world to suit our collective needs, and our capacity to escape into our own inner thoughts and imagine how things might and ought to be. The text is richly illustrated and written in anengaging style, and will appeal to students, scholars, and general readers interested in anthropology, evolutionary and cognitive science, and psychology more broadly.

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This lively, provocative text presents a new way to understand friendship. Professor John Terrell argues that the ability to make friends is an evolved human trait not unlike our ability to walk upright on two legs or our capacity for speech and complex abstract reasoning. Terrell charts howthis trait has evolved by investigating two u...

John Edward Terrell, A.B., A.M., Ph.D. (Harvard) has long been recognized as one of the world's leading experts on the peopling of the Oceania and the remarkable biological, cultural, and linguistic diversity of modern Pacific Islanders. He is also a pioneer in the study of global human biogeography, baseline probability analysis, and...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:November 12, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I. What Makes Us Human?1. Being Human2. Baron von Pufendorf3. Ghost theories4. The secret lives of Lou, Laurence, and LesliePart II. The Archaeology of Friendship5. Suddenly all was chaos6. A wimpy idea7. In the footsteps of A. B. Lewis8. Confronting the obvious9. The archaeology of friendship10. The sign of the sea turtle11. Drawing conclusionsPart III. Selfish Desires12. Houston, we've had a problem13. You can't get there from here14. The wizard of Down House15. The numbers gamePart IV. The Social Baseline16. Animal cooperation17. The question of animal awareness18. Babies and big brains19. Mission impossiblePart V. Social Being20. Alone in a crowd21. A state of mind22. It's who you know23. Bloodlust, fear, and other emotionsPart VI. Principles To Live By24. The lady or the tiger?25. A kiss is just a kiss?26. Friend or Facebook?27. What was the Garden of Eden like?28. The strength of weak ties29. Meet me on the marae30. Being in a family wayAppendixIndex