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The Resource Baboon metaphysics : the evolution of a social mind, Dorothy L. Cheney and Robert M. Seyfarth

Baboon metaphysics : the evolution of a social mind, Dorothy L. Cheney and Robert M. Seyfarth

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Baboon metaphysics : the evolution of a social mind
Title
Baboon metaphysics
Title remainder
the evolution of a social mind
Statement of responsibility
Dorothy L. Cheney and Robert M. Seyfarth
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Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In 1838 Charles Darwin jotted in a notebook, "He who understands baboon would do more towards metaphysics than Locke." Fifteen years ago, following the extraordinary success of their How Monkeys See the World, Dorothy Cheney and Robert Seyfarth set out to take up Darwin's challenge. Baboon Metaphysics is their fascinating response. Cheney and Seyfarth set up camp in Botswana's Okavango Delta, where they could intimately observe baboons and their social world. Baboons are a perfect model for such a study because they live in groups of up to 150, including a handful of males and eight or nine matrilineal families of females. Such numbers force baboons to form a complicated mix of short-term bonds for mating and longer-term friendships based on careful calculations of status and individual need. The result is enough interpersonal drama to rival Jane Austen, as the baboons make and break alliances and try to anticipate the actions of their friends and rivals, all while avoiding frequent attacks by predators. But Baboon Metaphysics is concerned with much more than just baboons' social organization -- Cheney and Seyfarth aim to fully comprehend the intelligence that underlies it. How do baboons actually conceive of the world and their place in it? Using innovative field experiments, the authors test whether baboons understand kinship relations, how they make use of vocal communication, and how they manage the stress and dangers of life in the wild. They learn that for baboons, just as for humans, family and friends hold the key to mitigating the ill effects of grief, stress, and anxiety. Written with a scientist's precision and a nature-lover's eye, Baboon Metaphysics gives us an unprecedented and compelling glimpse into the mind of another species
Cataloging source
NLM
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Cheney, Dorothy L
Dewey number
599.8/65
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QL737.P93
LC item number
C43 2007
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Seyfarth, Robert M
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  • Baboons
  • Social behavior in animals
  • Cognition in animals
  • Papio
  • Behavior
  • Cognition
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Baboon metaphysics : the evolution of a social mind, Dorothy L. Cheney and Robert M. Seyfarth
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 294-328) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The evolution of mind -- The primate mind in myth and legend -- Habitat, infanticide, and predation -- Males : competition, infanticide, and friendship -- Females : kinship, rank, competition, and cooperation -- Social knowledge -- The social intelligence hypothesis -- Theory of mind -- Self-awareness and consciousness -- Communication -- Precursors to language -- Baboon metaphysics
Control code
ocm77334281
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 348 pages
Isbn
9780226102436
Lccn
2006102646
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)77334281
Label
Baboon metaphysics : the evolution of a social mind, Dorothy L. Cheney and Robert M. Seyfarth
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 294-328) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The evolution of mind -- The primate mind in myth and legend -- Habitat, infanticide, and predation -- Males : competition, infanticide, and friendship -- Females : kinship, rank, competition, and cooperation -- Social knowledge -- The social intelligence hypothesis -- Theory of mind -- Self-awareness and consciousness -- Communication -- Precursors to language -- Baboon metaphysics
Control code
ocm77334281
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 348 pages
Isbn
9780226102436
Lccn
2006102646
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)77334281

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