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Grooming, gossip, and the evolution of language by R. I. M. Dunbar

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Published by Harvard University Press in Cambridge, Mass .
Written in English

Subjects:

  • Human evolution,
  • Social evolution,
  • Language and languages -- Origin,
  • Gossip -- History,
  • Human behavior,
  • Group identity,
  • Interpersonal relations

Book details:

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 208-218).

StatementRobin Dunbar.
Classifications
LC ClassificationsGN281.4 .D85 1996
The Physical Object
Pagination230 p. ;
Number of Pages230
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL978687M
ISBN 100674363345
LC Control Number96015934

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Humans are the only primates that use language, and Dunbar theorizes that we gossip to strengthen our social status because we can't groom each other., Robin Dunbar's Grooming, Gossip, and the Evolution of Language, is a highly enjoyable speculation, in Neo . Grooming, Gossip, and the Evolution of Language is in many ways a wonderful book, and its ideas deserve an airing. Mr. Dunbar is a clear thinker and a polymath, marshaling evidence for his thesis from such varied fields as primatology, linguistics, anthropology and geneticsNatalie Angier "New York Times Book Review "/5(20). Apes and monkeys, humanity's closest kin, differ from other animals in the intensity of their social relationships. All their grooming is not so much about hygiene as it is about cementing bonds, making friends, and influencing fellow primates. But for early humans, grooming as a way to social success posed a problem: given their large social groups of or so, our earliest ancestors would 4/5(3). Grooming, Gossip, and the Evolution of Language, by Robin Dunbar, is one of the most relevant and fascinating books I have read this decade. It reveals “Human OS” (human operating system) in an insightful, engaging way that Dunbar backs with extensive primary .