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Animal Social Complexity: Intelligence, Culture and Individualised Societies Hardcover – 1 Apr 2003

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  • Hardcover: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press (1 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674009290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674009295
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 16.6 x 3.7 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,414,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This excellent collection is the outcome of a conference held in 2000 under the auspices of the Chicago Academy of Sciences. Judging by the published results, the conference itself must have been a rich occasion. It must be a rare gathering that draws together for any purpose behavioural scientists specializing in such vastly different animal groups...In this case, the exercise brings a remarkably wide comparative perspective to bear on animal social complexity. Consequently, the reader is given a wealth of fine descriptive detail, but is also encouraged to step back from the detail and reflect in broader evolutionary terms on the relationship between intelligence, culture, and the cognitive demands of social relationships in individualized societies.--Hilary Callan "The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute "

About the Author

de WaalFrans B. M.: Frans B. M. de Waal is C. H. Candler Professor of Primate Behavior in the Psychology Department and Director of Living Links, part of the Yerkes Primate Center, Emory University.TyackPeter L.: Peter L. Tyack is Senior Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.McGrewW.C.: William McGrew is Professor of Anthropology and Zoology at Miami University (Ohio).PerrySusan: ?Susan Perry is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles.van SchaikCarel: Carel van Schaik is Professor and Director of the Anthropological Institute and Museum, University of Zurich. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
O.K., but not what I expected 29 Sept. 2005
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I was very excited to read this book, it looked like an excellent compilation of interesting research from a wide range of fields. However, I was dissappointed by the contents. Most chapters are just reviews of the general research of the authors, and some hardly address the idea of intelligence and culture. Some authors spend the whole chapter just reviewing their research, and then in the last paragraph run over their thoughts on if there is intelligence or culture in their study species in just a few sentences. Having said that, some chapters are golden and well worth the read. Because this book is relatively cheap for a science book, I would say that the few insightful chapters make it worth the cost, but overall it was not as informative or interesting as I had hoped.
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