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Folk Physics for Apes: The Chimpanzee’s Theory of How The World Works

July 16, 2003 • Posted in Suggested Reading,The use of chimpanzees in research

Povinelli, Daniel; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003

Povinelli endeavors to reveal chimpanzees’ understanding of the principles behind tool making and use by exploring the author’s experiments on captive chimpanzees. The book begins with an attempt to “expose the logical weakness in assuming that the similarity in the natural behavior of humans and chimpanzees implies a comparable degree of similarity in the mental states which attend and generate that behavior.”

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