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Description - Folk Physics for Apes by Daniel J. Povinelli

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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780198572190
ISBN-10: 0198572190
Format: Paperback
(240mm x 169mm x 22mm)
Pages: 408
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 8-May-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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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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