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Machiavellian Intelligence: Social Expertise and the Evolution of Intellect in Monkeys, Apes, and Humans (Oxford Science Publications)

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This book presents an alternative to conventional ideas about the evolution of the human intellect. Instead of placing top priority on the role of tools, the pressure for their skillful use, and the related importance of interpersonal communication as a means for enhanced cooperation, this volume explores quite a different idea-- that the driving force in the evolution of human intellect was social expertise--a force which enabled the manipulation of others within the social group, who themselves are seen as posing the most challenging problems faced by primitive humans. The need to outwit one's clever colleagues then produces an evolutionary spiraling of "Machiavellian intelligence." The book forms a complete and self-contained text on this fast-growing topic. It includes the origins of the basic premise and a wealth of exciting developments, described by an international team of authors from the fields of anthropology, psychology, and zoology. An evaluation of more traditional approaches is also undertaken, with a view to discovering to what extent Machiavellian intelligence represents a complementary concept or one that is truly an alternative. Readers and students will find this fascinating volume carries them to the frontiers of scientific work on the origin of human intellect.

Synopsis:

An examination of the theory that the driving force behind the human intellect was social expertise, and that the need to outwit colleagues produces an evolutionary spiralling of "Machiavellian intelligence".

Table of Contents

1. Editorial: The Machiavellian Intelligence Hypotheses, Andrew Whiten and Richard Byrne

PART I: The Origin of the Idea

2. The Social Function of Intellect, Nicholas Humphrey

3. Lemur Social Behaviour and Primate Intelligence, Alison Jolly

4. Social Behaviour and Primate Evolution, Michael Chance and Allan Mead

5. Taking (Machiavellian) Intelligence Apart, Andrew Whiten and Richard Byrne

PART II: What Primates Know About Social Relationships

6. Do Monkeys Understand Their Relationships? Robert Seyfarth and Dorothy Cheney

7. Mapping Social Concepts in Monkeys, Verena Dasser

8. The Cognitive

Demands of Children's Social Interactions with Peers Peter Smith

PART III: Social Complexity: The Effect of a Third Party

9. Tripartite Relations in Hamadryas Baboons, Hans Drummer

10. Chimpanzee Politics, Frans de Waal

11. Alliances in Contests and Social Intelligence, Alexander Harcourt

PART IV: Are Primates Mind-Readers?

12. A Group of Young Chimpanzees in a One-Acre Field: Leadership and Communication, Emil Menzel

13. "Does the Chimpanzee Have a Theory of Mind" Revisited, David Premack

PART V: Deception

15. Tactical Deception of Familiar Individuals in Baboons, Richard Byrne and Andrew Whiten

16. The Manipulation of Attention in Primate Tactical Deception, Andrew Whiten and Richard Byrne

17. Deception and Social Manipulation in Symbol-Using Apes, Sue Savage-Rumbaugh and Kelly McDonald

18. The Ontogency of Tactical Deception in Humans, Peter LaFreniere

PART VI: Social or Non-Social Origins of Intelligence?

19. Social and Non-Social Knowledge in Vervet Monkeys, Dorothy Cheney and Robert Seyfarth

20. Tools and the Evolution of Human Intelligence, Thomas Wynn

21. Foraging Behaviour and the Evolution of Primate Cognition, Katharine Milton

PART VII: Exploiting the Expertise of Others

22. An Experimental Study of Social Knowledge, Eduard Stammbach

23. Invention and Social Transmission, Marc Hauser

PART VIII: Taking Stock

24. The Experimental Context of Intellect, John Crook

25. The Evolution of Purpose, Alison Jolly

Product Details

ISBN:
9780198521754
Editor:
Byrne, Richard
Editor:
Whiten, Andrew
Editor:
Byrne, Richard
Author:
null, Richard W
Author:
Byrne, Richard
Author:
Byrne, Richard W.
Author:
null, Andrew
Author:
Whiten, Andrew
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Location:
Oxford :
Subject:
Cognitive Psychology
Subject:
Intellect
Subject:
Behavior
Subject:
Life Sciences - Zoology - Primatology
Subject:
Psychology | Cognitive
Subject:
Social Psychology
Subject:
Human evolution
Subject:
PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology
Subject:
Biology-Primatology
Edition Description:
Bibliography: p. 379-410.
Series:
Oxford Science Publications
Series Volume:
Râeâeditions, 3
Publication Date:
19890931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
32 illus.
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9.48x6.10x.91 in. 1.38 lbs.

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