Baboon Metaphysics has ratings and 17 reviews. Richard said: Baboons are a fascinating branch of the family tree. We humans have big brains, complex. In Charles Darwin jotted in a notebook, ‘He who understands baboon would do more towards metaphysics than Locke.’ “Baboon Metaphysics” is Dorothy. Baboon Metaphysics: The Evolution of a Social Mind is another addition to Dorothy Cheney’s and Robert Seyfarth’s continuing research into nonhuman primate.

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The book is a sagacious milestone that deserves the close attention not only of biologists and primatologists, but also of psychologists and social scientists.

Baboon Metaphysics

Where humans run into serious trouble is when social status is babboon on personal possessions — horses, gold, flocks, real estate, automobiles, etc. Baboons play the status game without rubbishing their ecosystem. Their metaphgsics was performed by intruding into wild baboon communities and performing annoying experiments on them. We do not have to shop till we drop. One big similarity is their feeling of grief for a lost loved one.

Hardcoverpages. Jul 29, Stephen Redwood rated it liked it Shelves: This is an ambitious work, and there will be questions. Go to British Wildlife. Baboons demonstrate that primates can survive in a dangerous habitat without spears, fire, complex language, or throbbing big brains — and they can do this without causing irreversible degradation. They learn that for baboons, just as for humans, family and friends hold the key to mitigating the ill effects of grief, stress, and anxiety.

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But then, a domesticated human may not have free will. Chimps and bonobos were lucky. Modern humans have been lobotomized by their extreme disconnection from the living world. Baboon Metaphysics is their fascinating response.

Books by Dorothy L. Want to Read saving…. Instead, babon acquire knowledge as a result of their experiences. Baboons are more closely related to humans than monkeys of the New World, but they are much less closely related than the African apes—especially chimpanzees Pan troglodytes —which diverged from our own ancestors roughly five to seven million years ago.

And the best way to avoid being taken by lions, leopards, crocodiles, or pythons is to live in a group, with all of the opportunities and compromises that group life entails. Upon his return, he was released from the chair and allowed to choose one of the cups.

Anyway, my muse gave me a dope slap and told me to pay more attention to baboons, so I read Baboon Metaphysicsby Dorothy Cheney and Robert Seyfarth.

Their objective is to persuade readers that nonhuman animals, like baboons, supplement their instincts with aspects of genuine intelligence. Males strive to attain the alpha ranking, that is, being the most dominant male in the troop. The authors aim to understand the intelligence that underlies this social organization.


Mark rated it really liked it Mar 13, They have managed to survive in a rough neighborhood that includes lions, hyenas, leopards, cheetahs, crocodiles, and trigger happy farmers. Two to four milli Baboons are a fascinating branch of the family tree. Birds evolved to fly; baboons did not. Tuesday, Metaphyaics 24, Baboon Metaphysics.

Baboon Metaphysics: The Evolution of a Social Mind by Dorothy L. Cheney

Grayling New York Review of Books. Seyfarth, published by the University of Chicago Press. This book summarizes much of their work and indicates the ingenious experiments that they have devised to assess baboons’ thought processes and to explore if they possess something like a “theory of mind.

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This delightful book examines in minute and hilarious detail the complex social lives of Okavango Delta baboons and catalogs the authors’ carefully devised tests to tease out the inner workings of the baboon mind.

Anything we think or do can ultimately be traced to our experience. Go to Conservation Land Management.