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Folk Physics for Apes

The Chimpanzee's theory of how the world works

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Folk Physics for Apes by Daniel J Povinelli
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From an early age, humans know a surprising amount about basic physical principles, such as gravity, force, mass, and shape. We can see this in the way that young children play, and manipulate objects around them. The same behaviour has long been observed in primates - chimpanzees have been shown to possess a remarkable ability to make and use simple tools. But what does this tell us about their inner mental state - do they therefore share the same understanding to that of a young child? Do they understand the simple, underlying physical principles involved? Though some people would say that they do, this book reports groundbreaking research that questions whether this really is the case. Folk Physics for Apes challenges the assumptions so often made about apes. It offers us a rare glimpse into the workings of another mind, examining how apes perceive and understand the physical world - an understanding that appears to be both similar to, and yet profoundly different from our own. The book will have broad appeal to evolutionary psychologists, developmental psychologists, and those interested in the sub-disciplines of cognitive science (philosophy, anthropology). The book additionally offers for developmental psychologists some valuable new non-verbal techniques for assessing causal understanding in young children.

Author Biography

Professor Daniel Povinelli is the recipient of the James McDonnell foundation, Centennial Fellowship in Human cognition ($1,000,000)
Release date NZ
June 1st, 2003
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
numerous tables and figures
Imprint
Oxford University Press
Pages
408
Dimensions
169x240x22
ISBN-13
9780198572190
Product ID
1859130

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