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Apes, language, and the human mind

Author: E Sue Savage-Rumbaugh; Stuart Shanker; Talbot J Taylor
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
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Current primate research has yielded stunning results that not only threaten our underlying assumptions about the cognitive and communicative abilities of nonhuman primates, but also bring into question what it means to be human. At the forefront of this research, Sue Savage-Rumbaugh recently has achieved a scientific breakthrough of impressive proportions. Her work with Kanzi, a laboratory-reared bonobo, has led to  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: E Sue Savage-Rumbaugh; Stuart Shanker; Talbot J Taylor
ISBN: 0195109864 9780195109863
OCLC Number: 38566026
Description: x, 244 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: 1. Bringing up Kanzi. Kanzi: The Ape Who Crossed the Line. Would A Bonobo Learn Language? Mother and Child. Kanzi Had Been Keeping a Secret. Morning Exploits. Travels in the Forest. Evening Tours. Living with Kanzi. Theory of Mind. Syntax Grasped. What Kanzi Tells Us --
2. Philosophical Preconceptions. The Cartesian Revolution. Praedicet Ergo Est: It Predicts Therefore It Is. The Cartesian Mind as "Folk" Theorist. Cartesian Bifurcation versus Mechanist Continuity. Becoming a Person. The "Charm" of the Theory of Mind Thesis. The Cartesian Hierarchy of Psychological Concepts. The Ascent of Pan. "The Constitutional Uncertainty of the Mental" --
3. Rhetorical Inclinations. "Sure, But Does He Really Understand What We Say?".
Responsibility: Sue Savage-Rumbaugh, Stuart G. Shanker, Talbot J. Taylor.
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