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Machiavellian Intelligence II : Extensions and Evaluations - Andrew Whiten

Machiavellian Intelligence II

Extensions and Evaluations

By: Andrew Whiten (Editor), Richard W. Byrne (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 13th October 1997
ISBN: 9780521550871
Number Of Pages: 416

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This book aims to explain the intelligence of monkeys and apes, and the huge brain expansion that marked human evolution. In 1988, Machiavellian Intelligence was the first book to assemble the early evidence suggesting a new answer: that the evolution of intellect was primarily driven by selection for manipulative, social expertise within groups where the most challenging problem faced by individuals was dealing with their companions. Since then a wealth of new information and ideas has accumulated. This new book will bring readers up to date with the most important developments, extending the scope of the original ideas and evaluating them empirically from different perspectives. It is essential reading for reseachers and students in many different branches of evolution and behavioral sciences, primatology and philosophy.

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' ... this book provides anyone concerned with welfare with abundant information and ideas on the advanced nature of primates' intelligence.' Animal Welfare 1998 'Whiten and Byrne are to be congratulated for collecting this second set of essays which are an important addition to the field of 'cognitive ethology'.' Aubrey Manning, The Times Literary Supplement 'Best of all, Mach II is in affordable paperback form the outset, and compels just as much attention as did Mach I.' W. C. McGrew, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 'If you think you might want to read this book, yes, you do! That is, if you are interested in primate cognition, in 'mindreading' ... or in the evolution of human social understanding, then Mach II is a book to seize on.' Animal Cognition

Machiavellian Intelligence
Friendships, alliances, reciprocity and repair
Why Machiavellian Intelligence may not be Machiavellian
Social intelligence and success: don't be too clever in order to be smart
Minding the behaviour of deception
The Machiavellian mindreader
Exploiting the expertise of others
Primates' knowledge of their natural habitat: as indicated in foraging
Evolution of the social brain
The modularity of social intelligence
The technical intelligence hypothesis: an additional evolutionary stimulus to intelligence
Protean primates: the evolution of adaptive unpredictability in competition and courtship
Egalitarian behaviour and the evolution of political intelligence
Social intelligence and language: another Rubicon
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ISBN: 9780521550871
ISBN-10: 0521550874
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 13th October 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.57 x 16.36  x 3.15
Weight (kg): 0.75
Edition Number: 2