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Grooming, Gossip, and the Evolution of Language - Dunbar, Robin
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What a big brain we have for all the small talk we make. It's an evolutionary riddle that at long last makes sense in this intriguing book about what gossip has done for our talkative species. Psychologist Robin Dunbar looks at gossip as an instrument of social order and cohesion--much like the endless grooming with which our primate cousins tend to their social relationships. Apes and monkeys, humanity's closest kin, differ from other animals in the intensity of these relationships. All their grooming is not so much about hygiene as it is about cementing bonds, making friends, and influencing fellow primates. But for early humans, grooming as a way to social success posed a problem: given their large social groups of 150 or so, our earliest ancestors would have had to spend almost half their time grooming one another--an impossible burden. What Dunbar suggests--and his research, whether in the realm of primatology or in that of gossip, confirms--is that humans developed language to serve the same purpose, but far more efficiently. It seems there is nothing idle about chatter, which holds together a diverse, dynamic group--whether of hunter-gatherers, soldiers, or workmates. Anthropologists have long assumed that language developed in relationships among males during activities such as hunting. Dunbar's original and extremely interesting studies suggest otherwise: that language in fact evolved in response to our need to keep up to date with friends and family. We needed conversation to stay in touch, and we still need it in ways that will not be satisfied by teleconferencing, email, or any other communication technology. As Dunbar shows, the impersonal world of cyberspace will not fulfill our primordial need for face-to-face contact. From the nit-picking of chimpanzees to our chats at coffee break, from neuroscience to paleoanthropology, "Grooming, Gossip, and the Evolution of Language" offers a provocative view of what makes us human, what holds us together, and what sets us apart. Grooming, Gossip, and the Evolution of Language Dunbar, Robin, Harvard University Press

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What a big brain we have for all the small talk we make. It's an evolutionary riddle that at long last makes sense in this intriguing book about what gossip has done for our talkative species. Psychologist Robin Dunbar looks at gossip as an instrument of social order and cohesion--much like the endless grooming with which our primate cousins tend to their social relationships. Apes and monkeys, humanity's closest kin, differ from other animals in the intensity of these relationships. All their grooming is not so much about hygiene as it is about cementing bonds, making friends, and influencing fellow primates. But for early humans, grooming as a way to social success posed a problem: given their large social groups of 150 or so, our earliest ancestors would have had to spend almost half their time grooming one another--an impossible burden. What Dunbar suggests--and his research, whether in the realm of primatology or in that of gossip, confirms--is that humans developed language to serve the same purpose, but far more efficiently. It seems there is nothing idle about chatter, which holds together a diverse, dynamic group--whether of hunter-gatherers, soldiers, or workmates. Anthropologists have long assumed that language developed in relationships among males during activities such as hunting. Dunbar's original and extremely interesting studies suggest otherwise: that language in fact evolved in response to our need to keep up to date with friends and family. We needed conve anthropology,biological sciences,biology and life sciences,cultural,education and reference,evolution,humanities,language arts,linguistics,logic and language Evolution, Harvard University Press

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[ED: Taschenbuch], [PU: HARVARD UNIV PR], What Dunbar suggests--and what his research confirms--is that humans developed language to serve the purpose that grooming served, but far more efficiently. From the nit-picking of chimpanzees to our chats at coffee breaks, from neuroscience to paleoanthropology, this book offers a provocative view of what makes humans human. 5 illustrations. Versandfertig in 2-4 Wochen, DE, [SC: 0.00], Neuware, gewerbliches Angebot, offene Rechnung (Vorkasse vorbehalten)

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Paperback, [PU: HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS], What Dunbar suggests--and what his research confirms--is that humans developed language to serve the purpose that grooming served, but far more efficiently. From the nit-picking of chimpanzees to our chats at coffee breaks, from neuroscience to paleoanthropology, this book offers a provocative view of what makes humans human. 5 illustrations., Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Anthropology, Social & Cultural Anthropology, Evolution

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Paperback, [PU: HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS], What Dunbar suggests--and what his research confirms--is that humans developed language to serve the purpose that grooming served, but far more efficiently. From the nit-picking of chimpanzees to our chats at coffee breaks, from neuroscience to paleoanthropology, this book offers a provocative view of what makes humans human. 5 illustrations., Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Anthropology, Social & Cultural Anthropology, Evolution

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Grooming, Gossip, and the Evolution of Language

What Dunbar suggests--and what his research confirms--is that humans developed language to serve the purpose that grooming served, but far more efficiently. From the nit-picking of chimpanzees to our chats at coffee breaks, from neuroscience to paleoanthropology, this book offers a provocative view of what makes humans human. 5 illustrations.

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EAN (ISBN-13): 9780674363366
ISBN (ISBN-10): 0674363361
Paperback
Publishing year: 1998
Publisher: HARVARD UNIV PR
242 Pages
Weight: 0,286 kg
Language: eng/Englisch

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