The Gap

The Gap

The Science of What Separates Us From Other Animals

eBook - 2013
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Baker & Taylor
An award-winning psychologist argues that a capacity for fiction distinguishes humans from animals, explaining how the human mind has a unique ability to imagine, reflect and connect with other minds to consider real and imagined scenarios.

Perseus Publishing
There exists an undeniable chasm between the capacities of humans and those of animals, but what exactly is the difference between our minds and theirs? In The Gap, psychologist Thomas Suddendorf provides a definitive account of what makes human minds unique and how this disparity arose. He proposes that two innovations account for all of the ways in which our minds appear so distinct: our open-ended ability to imagine and reflect, and our insatiable drive to link our minds together. It is not language or morality that set us apart, but the ability to consider a range of scenarios, real and imagined, past and future. A provocative argument for reconsidering our place in nature, The Gap is essential reading for anyone interested in our evolutionary origins and our relationship with the rest of the animal kingdom.

Publisher: New York : Basic Books, [2013]
ISBN: 9780465069842
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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srmechs Dec 04, 2013

On a second reading, this holds up very well. It brings together much that has been discovered over the past couple of centuries in a wide variety of science fields. Very well written and edited. I strongly recommend it.


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