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A talent for friendship : rediscovery of a remarkable trait

Author: John Terrell
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2015] ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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 how this trait has evolved by investigating two unique functions of the human brain: the ability to remake the outside world to  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Terrell
ISBN: 9780199386451 0199386455
OCLC Number: 904084595
Description: ix, 302 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Part One. What Makes Us Human? 1. Being human ; 2. Baron von Pufendorf ; 3. Ghost theories ; 4. The secret lives of Lou, Laurence, and Leslie --
Part Two. The Archaeology of Friendship. 5. Suddenly all was chaos ; 6. A wimpy idea ; 7. In the footsteps of A.B. Lewis ; 8. Confronting the obvious ; 9. The archaeology of friendship ; 10. The sign of the sea turtle ; 11. Drawing conclusions --
Part Three. Selfish Desires. 12. Houston, we've had a problem ; 13. You can't get there from here ; 14. The wizard of Down House ; 15. The numbers game --
Part Four. The Social Baseline. 16. Animal cooperation ; 17. The question of animal awareness ; 18. Babies and big brains ; 19. Mission impossible --
Part Five. Social Being. 20. Alone in a crowd ; 21. A state of mind ; 22. It's who you know ; 23. Bloodlust, fear, and other emotions --
Part Six. Principles To Live By. 24. 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 ties? ; 29. Meet me on the marae? ; 30. Being in a family way? --
Appendix. How to host a marae encounter --
Notes --
Index.
Responsibility: John 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 how this 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 an engaging 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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Is friendship a transaction designed to smooth over our naturally brutish human nature? Or is it intrinsic to our being? Terrell, a leading anthropologist of Oceania and author of the seminal Read more...

 
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