Folk Physics for Apes
The Chimpanzee's Theory of How the World Works
By (author) Daniel J. Povinelli
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Folk Physics for Apes by Daniel J. Povinelli
Book DescriptionFrom 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198572190
(240mm x 169mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 8-May-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Daniel J. Povinelli
World without Weight, Paperback (December 2011)
In every domain of reasoning humans deploy an wide range of intuitive 'theories' about how the world works. So are we alone in trying to make sense of the world by postulating theoretical entities to explain how the world works, or do we share this ability with other species. This is the focus of this new book from Daniel Povinelli
Folk Physics for Apes, Hardback (September 2000)
'Folk Physics for Apes' offers us a rare glimpse into the workings of another mind, examining how apes perceive and understand the physical world.
What Young Chimpanzees Know about Seeing, Paperback (June 2000)» View all books by Daniel J. Povinelli
Research suggests chimpanzees may understand some of the epitemological aspects of visual perception, such as how the perceptual act of seeing can have internal several interpretations. These 15 studies were conducted with chimpanzees and young children on their understanding of visual perception.
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Author Biography - Daniel J. Povinelli
Professor Daniel Povinelli is the recipient of the James McDonnell foundation, Centennial Fellowship in Human cognition ($1,000,000)
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