Apes, Language, and the Human Mind by Sue Savage-Rumbaugh, Stuart G. Shanker, Talbot J. Taylor

By Sue Savage-Rumbaugh, Stuart G. Shanker, Talbot J. Taylor

Present primate study has yielded wonderful effects that not just threaten our underlying assumptions concerning the cognitive and communicative talents of nonhuman primates, but additionally carry into query what it skill to be human. on the vanguard of this study, Sue Savage-Rumbaugh lately has completed a systematic leap forward of awesome proportions. Her paintings with Kanzi, a laboratory-reared bonobo, has resulted in Kanzi's acquisition of linguistic and cognitive abilities just like these of a and a part year-old human baby.
Apes, Language, and the Human Mind skillfully combines a desirable narrative of the Kanzi examine with incisive severe research of the research's broader linguistic, mental, and anthropological implications. the 1st a part of the publication offers an in depth, own account of Kanzi's infancy, formative years, and upbringing, whereas the second one half addresses the theoretical, conceptual, and methodological matters raised via the Kanzi learn. The authors speak about the problem to the rules of contemporary cognitive technological know-how provided by way of the Kanzi learn; the equipment during which we symbolize and assessment the talents of either primates and people; and the results which ape language study has for the research of the evolution of human language. absolute to be arguable, this intriguing new quantity deals a thorough revision of the sciences of language and brain, and should be very important examining for all these operating within the fields of primatology, anthropology, linguistics, philosophy of brain, and cognitive and developmental psychology.

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Kanzi had quickly become a sophisticated television viewer. When he watched tapes of events that had taken place in the forest or near the lab, he could reliably discern where he had seen someone hide a ball or surprise and then travel to that place to recover the coveted item. If he saw a gorilla on television near the lab one evening, the next day he would approach the precise location where the television had depicted the gorilla. With hair puffed out, he would cautiously approach, while sniffing various items that he had seen the gorilla touch while watching the videotape.

When we arrived at Log Cabin, I saw no ball. Kanzi dropped his M&M photo and pointed to the cooler to indicate that he was ready to have some kiwi. While he was eating, I made notes on the things we had done so far that day. When I looked up, Kanzi was gone again. I asked Jeannine where he had gone, and she said that he had just gone behind Log Cabin. A moment later he popped out with his ball in hand. Not only had he left his ball at Log Cabin, just as he said, but he had hidden it in the bushes; only he knew where it had been left.

Thus, my first rule whenever Kanzi and I were in the same tree was to hold on as tightly as I possibly could at all times. I never knew when Kanzi might decide to use my leg or my arm as a vine and suddenly hang on it with all of his weight. After I gave Kanzi the bananas and the juice from the cooler, he climbed on top of the Treehouse, where he reclined to eat slowly and savor each bite while surveying the forest. As at all the other locations, he had come not only to expect the food that had been placed there but to feel especially like eating that food at that location.

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