The Thinking Ape: Evolutionary Origins of Intelligence by Richard Byrne

The Thinking Ape: Evolutionary Origins of Intelligence

byRichard Byrne

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"Intelligence" has long been considered to be a feature unique to human beings, giving us the capacity to imagine, to think, to deceive, to make complex connections between cause and effect, to devise elaborate stategies for solving problems. However, like all our other features, intelligenceis a product of evolutionary change. Until recently, it was difficult to obtain evidence of this process from the frail testimony of a few bones and stone tools. It has become clear in the last 15 years that the origins of human intelligence can be investigated by the comparative study ofprimates, our closest non-human relatives, giving strong impetus to the case for an "evolutionary psychology", the scientific study of the mind.

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Richard Byrne is at University of St Andrews.
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Title:The Thinking Ape: Evolutionary Origins of IntelligenceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:276 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.55 inPublished:February 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction: the limits of fossil evidence1. Taxonomy and the reconstruction of evolution2. What is intelligence and what is it for?3. How animals learn4. Why animals learn better in social groups5. Imitative behaviour in animals6. Understanding how things work7. Understanding minds: doing and seeing, knowing and thinking8. What use is a theory of mind?9. Planning and thinking ahead10. Apes and language11. Food for thought12. Machiavellian intelligence13. Testing the theories14. Taking stock

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`His account is eminently readable. Byrne puts difficult concepts into strikingly simple and stringent forms, yet on a level that requires some basic knowledge if one wants to follow every step. He never is tediously slow in argument...Byrne's is a fascinating and stimulating account. Hisrisking to take a stand in favor of the thinking ape is counterbalanced by his cautious evaluation of differing interpretations.'Ethology 104, 353-360 (1998)