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Macachiavellian Intelligence: How Rhesus Macaques and Humans Have Conquered the World

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Judged by population size and distribution, homo sapiens are clearly the most successful primates. A close second, however, would be rhesus macaques, who have adapted to (and thrived in) such diverse environments as mountain forests, dry grasslands, and urban sprawl. Scientists have spent countless hours studying these opportunistic monkeys, but rhesus macaques have long been overshadowed in the public eye by the great apes, who, because of their greater intelligence, are naturally assumed to have more to teach us, both about other primates and about humans as well.

Dario Maestripieri thinks it is high time we shelve that misperception, and with Macachiavellian Intelligence he gives rhesus macaques their rightful turn in the spotlight. The product of more than twenty years studying these fascinating creatures, Macachiavellian Intelligence caricatures a society that is as much human as monkey, with hierarchies and power struggles that would impress Machiavelli himself. High-status macaques, for instance, maintain their rank through deft uses of violence and manipulation, while altruism is almost unknown and relationships are perpetually subject to the cruel laws of the market. Throughout this eye-opening account, Maestripieri weds his thorough knowledge of macaque behavior to his abiding fascination with human society and motivations. The result is a book unlike any other, one that draws on economics as much as evolutionary biology, politics as much as primatology.

Rife with unexpected connections and peppered with fascinating anecdotes, Macachiavellian Intelligence has as much to teach us about humans as it does about macaques, presenting a wry, rational, and wholly surprising view of our humanity as seen through the monkey in the mirror.

About the Author

Dario Maestripieri is professor of comparative human development, evolutionary biology, and neurobiology at the University of Chicago.

Table of Contents

1. The Secret of Our Success

2. The Weed Macaque

3. Nepotism and Politics
4. Aggression and Dominance

5. Wars and Revolutions

6. Sex and Business

7. Parental Investment

8. The Business of Communication

9. Macachiavellian Origins of Love and Compassion

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Macachiavellian Intelligence provides deep insights into the fascinating psychology of both rhesus macaques and humans. It is a must-read for anyone interested in the strategies we primates use to navigate the complexities of social living - David Buss, author of The Evolution of Desire
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ISBN:
9780226501178
Author:
Maestripieri, Dario
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
Biology
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Behavior
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biology - General
Subject:
Life Sciences - Zoology - Primatology
Subject:
Anthropology - Physical
Subject:
Cognitive Psychology
Subject:
Social behavior in animals
Subject:
Psychology, comparative
Subject:
Biology-Primatology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
October 2007
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
7 color plates, 23 halftones
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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