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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Uniquely Human: Social Prowess

Just came across this excellent article entitled "How Are Humans Unique?" in the New York Times, written by evolutionary psychologist Michael Tomasello.

Here is an exerpt:

Human beings have evolved to coordinate complex activities, to gossip and to playact together. It is because they are adapted for such cultural activities — and not because of their cleverness as individuals — that human beings are able to do so many exceptionally complex and impressive things.

This short article provides an interesting explanation of how social prowess underlies both the creative ingenuity and destructive conflict that are hallmarks of the human condition.

Pipette tip to Hyphoid Logic.