Grooming, Gossip and the Evolution of Language

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Faber & Faber, 1997 - 230 páginas
'An absorbing book. It elevates gossip from its status as a social evil to a social good, in writing that is dizzyingly multi-disciplinary.' Guardian

'Forget the godlike pretensions to intellectual rigour, the grand claims of science and art. Humans developed big brains and high intelligence mainly to amuse and seduce each other, and above all to make their friends feel cosy. This is the central theme of a highly persuasive argument by Robin Dunbar, professor of psychology at the University of Liverpool.' Financial Times

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Reseña de usuario  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

I wanted to enjoy this, but I got to p. 38 and realized that the physical copy I was reading actually Stinks. Yes, like tomcat piss or something similar. Ironically apt, eh? So, I peeked ahead some ... Leer reseña completa

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Reseña de usuario  - nandadevi - LibraryThing

There are so many things wrong about this book it's hard to know where to start... Dunbar is a Professor of evolutionary biology, so presumably he is no fool. But I note that he is also - apparently ... Leer reseña completa

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Robin Dunbar is Professor of Evolutionary Psychology at the University of Liverpool and has held fellowships at the Universities of Cambridge and Stockholm. He has been praised for 'writing that is dizzyingly multi-disciplinary but shows great generosity to the ordinary reader' (Guardian). His books include The Trouble with Science (1995), 'an eloquent riposte to the anti-science lobby' (Sunday Times), and Grooming, Gossip and the Evolution of Language, praised as 'brilliantly original' and 'a delight to read' (Focus).His main research interests are the evolution of the mind, and the social systems of human and non-human primates; he has carried out field studies of monkeys and antelope in East and West Africa, and of wild goats in Scotland. In June 2003 he led a team of academics which won the largest single grant ever awarded by the British Academy, to research what it means to be human.

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