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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Does she understand their social relations? A new alpha, on average, is master of the harem for just seven to eight months. They have lived sustainably for millions of years. Hardcoverpages. As an animal moves through its world, it encounters stimuli and responds to them.

Another unfortunate factor of baboon life is infanticide. Birds evolved to fly; babono did not.

How to Tame a Fox and Build a Dog. Anyone dedicated enough can pick it up and digest its fascinating contents.

Baboon Metaphysics: The Evolution of a Social Mind

Published May 15th by University of Chicago Press. Although behaviorism dominated 20th-century psychology, it was not without metaphyssics critics.

But more than that, it bears on the evolution of the human mind and the nature of human existence.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Countless landfills are piled deep with discarded trinkets, thrown out to make space for our newer, bigger, flashier, trendier foolishness. Anything we think or do can ultimately be traced to our experience. Baboons are a perfect model for such a study because they live in groups of up toincluding a handful of males and eight or abboon matrilineal families of females.


On the practical side, mental states like thoughts or emotions are private. Cheney and Seyfarth pepper their descriptions with surprisingly apt literary comparisons, such as the example of a baboon who runs afoul of a higher-ranking member and receives much the same treatment as an unwitting character in an Edith Wharton novel.

I’m certainly not one for writing off destructive human behaviors as “natural,” but perhaps metaphysicd level of hierarchy is common throughout species and human attempts to live without leaders are futile.

Like Locke, they believed that organisms come into the world with little a priori knowledge: As this lively book illustrates, these monkeys may show limitations in what they understand or care about, but they are absolutely unsurpassed at knowing every little detail of the relationship network of which they are a part.

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

Daily life in a baboon group includes small-scale alliances that may involve only three individuals and occasional large-scale, familial battles that involve all of the members of three or four matrilines. 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.

This infanticide custom provides a secondary control on population growth, and encourages the production of badass defender daddies. Does the rat think that the bar somehow stands for that food?


Their conclusion is that baboons can understand a far more complex set of symbols than they can convey, however, precisely because they have no conception of others’ consciousness. Data from children born deaf are even more striking. The second general conclusion bzboon emerge from recent research is that the domain of expertise for baboons—and indeed for all monkeys and apes—is social life.

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They also allow us to study social cognition in the absence of human training, in the social and ecological contexts in which it evolved. Sep 12, Steven Peterson rated it really liked it.

No matter how clever the experiment design is, I doubt that it is possible to draw far-reaching conclusions about baboon metaphysics from the outcome.

Banoon are no discussion topics on this book yet. But then the authors jump over to the Kantian a priori innate, non-emperical forms of knowing. Cheney is a biologist, and Seyfarth is a psychologist.