The Human Story

The Human Story The ideas in Robin Dunbar s previous book Grooming Gossip and the Evolution of Language have since become scientific orthodoxy and this looks set to make an even bigger splash Incredibly influenti

  • Title: The Human Story
  • Author: Robin I.M. Dunbar
  • ISBN: 9780571223039
  • Page: 331
  • Format: Paperback
  • The ideas in Robin Dunbar s previous book, Grooming, Gossip and the Evolution of Language, have since become scientific orthodoxy, and this looks set to make an even bigger splash Incredibly influential and popular all of Dunbar s events for the hardback were sell outs, and there s much publicity to come Attractive new cover treatment to appeal to the broad popular sThe ideas in Robin Dunbar s previous book, Grooming, Gossip and the Evolution of Language, have since become scientific orthodoxy, and this looks set to make an even bigger splash Incredibly influential and popular all of Dunbar s events for the hardback were sell outs, and there s much publicity to come Attractive new cover treatment to appeal to the broad popular science psychology readership of Robert Winston and Desmond Morris

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    1. I obtained two books by the this author at the same time with the hope of being brought up to date on the most recent findings about how we became human. The first was poor and this one is useless regarding an actual findings.The book is pure speculation by the author about his pet theories regarding why we developed a large brain and language. The author calls himself an archeologist psychologist and he states that in his discipline you don't need any real evidence to think about the process of [...]

    2. The Human Story is a popular science book about human evolution, specifically how it is thought that our language,cognitive and social functions developed. It compares us to the existing great apes and how it is thought that our ancestors such as homo erectus and Neaderthals might have behaved, given what we know about their brain size and shape. The central idea is that of ‘intentionality’, i.e. how much humans can step back mentally from their immediate surroundings in order to think about [...]

    3. Anthropology, biology, psychology etc examine and thorise about how we got where we are today. A fascinating account of human evolution and our relationship to surving cousins the apes, chimps etc. Looking at culture, language, evolutionary adaptation Dunbar attempts to draw out what made us different and what we share in common. Fascinating areas such as pairbonding and infanticide are examined with some interesting interpretations. Whenever I read such books I am reminded of the delicate balan [...]

    4. I am about 30 years behind on my knowledge of human evolution, so I read this book to become familiar with more recent findings. The first chapters were the most informative, especially what has been learned by DNA analysis. It is also helpful to have a summary of dates (or epics) in one place in order to get a sense of scale of time. The rest of the book, mostly comparing studies of behavior of chimps and giant apes with humans (both modern and evidence from the past) was interesting, but more [...]

    5. Undeniably an interesting read - the story of a rise of humans told in an accessible and unconventional way. When I was reading it, my 6-year-old got interested in what I was reading and asked me to tell him 'stories' from the book. I first told him that the book was too serious for him but than i brought him one example that I thought he would understand (on levels of intentionality), and than another, and another So without the scientific jargon and dry evolution facts, the book was actually q [...]

    6. Ao contrário do que o título sugere, neste livro, Robin Dunbar não conta a história evolutiva do Homem mas sim vários produtos do processo evolutivo da espécie humana, como a teoria da mente, a linguagem ou a cultura.

    7. Excellent, how to write about sceince and ideas.Love the idea that language is mostly a form of groomomg and connection binding us naked apes together Explains Facebook I suppose,

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