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Folk physics for apes : the chimpanzee's theory of how the world works

Author: Daniel J Povinelli
Publisher: Oxford : University Press, 2000.
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'Folk Physics for Apes' offers us a rare glimpse into the workings of another mind, examining how apes perceive and understand the physical world.


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel J Povinelli
ISBN: 0198572204 9780198572206
OCLC Number: 851141284
Notes: Indice.
Description: XIII, 391 p. : il. ; 25 cm
Contents: An initial word about 'folk physics'; Preface; 1. Folk physics cannot be assumed; 2. Escaping the argument by analogy; 3. Causality, tool use, and folk physics: a comparative approach; 4. The trap-tube problem; 5. The trap-table problem; 6. The inverted- and broken-rake problems; 7. The flimsy-tool problem; 8. The tool-insertion problem: the question of shape; 9. The rope, hook-retrieval, touching-stick, and related problems: the question of physical connection; 10. The support problem: physical connection revisited; 11. The bendable-tool and tool-construction problems: the question of tool modification; 12. Toward a folk physics for chimpanzees; References
Responsibility: Daniel J. Povinelli ; in collaboration with James E. Reaux, Laura A. Theal, and Steve Giambrone.


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The results presented by Daniel Povinelli and his collegues appear quite shocking. Nature Povinelli's results challenge earlier data and seem surprising to anyone familiar with the tool traditions Read more...

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