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Baboon metaphysics : the evolution of a social mind

Author: Dorothy L Cheney; Robert M Seyfarth
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2007.
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In 1838 Charles Darwin jotted in a notebook, "He who understands baboon would do more towards metaphysics than Locke." Fifteen years ago, following the extraordinary success of their How Monkeys See the World, Dorothy Cheney and Robert Seyfarth set out to take up Darwin's challenge. Baboon Metaphysics is their fascinating response. Cheney and Seyfarth set up camp in Botswana's Okavango Delta, where they could  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Cheney, Dorothy L.
Baboon metaphysics.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2007
(DLC) 2006102646
(OCoLC)77334281
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Dorothy L Cheney; Robert M Seyfarth
ISBN: 9780226102429 0226102424
OCLC Number: 664565815
Awards: Short-listed for Diagram Prize for the Oddest Title of the Year 2008
Description: 1 online resource (x, 348 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Acknowledgments --
1. The evolution of mind --
2. The primate mind in myth and legend --
3. Habitat, infanticide, and predation --
4. Males : competition, infanticide, and friendship --
5. Females : kinship, rank, competition, and cooperation --
6. Social knowledge --
7. The social intelligence hypothesis --
8. Theory of mind --
9. Self-awareness and consciousness --
10. Communication --
11. Precursors to language --
12. Baboon metaphysics --
Appendix --
References --
Index.
Responsibility: Dorothy L. Cheney and Robert M. Seyfarth.
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In 1838 Charles Darwin jotted in a notebook, 'He who understands baboon would do more towards metaphysics than Locke.' This book offers a response to Darwin's challenge.  Read more...

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