Machiavellian Intelligence II: Extensions and Evaluations

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Andrew Whiten, Richard W. Byrne
Cambridge University Press, Sep 25, 1997 - Nature - 403 pages
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This book aims to explain the intelligence of monkeys and apes, and the huge brain expansion that marked human evolution. In 1988, Machiavellian Intelligence was the first book to assemble the early evidence suggesting a new answer: that the evolution of intellect was primarily driven by selection for manipulative, social expertise within groups where the most challenging problem faced by individuals was dealing with their companions. Since then a wealth of new information and ideas has accumulated. This new book will bring readers up to date with the most important developments, extending the scope of the original ideas and evaluating them empirically from different perspectives. It is essential reading for reseachers and students in many different branches of evolution and behavioral sciences, primatology and philosophy.
 

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Contents

Machiavellian intelligence
1
Friendships alliances reciprocity and repair
24
Why Machiavellian intelligence may not be Machiavellian
50
Social intelligence and success Dont be too clever in order to be smart
86
Minding the behaviour of deception
112
The Machiavellian mindreader
144
Exploiting the expertise of others
174
Primates knowledge of their natural habitat As indicated in foraging
207
Evolution of the social brain
240
The modularity of social intelligence
264
The Technical Intelligence hypothesis An additional evolutionary stimulus to intelligence?
289
Protean primates The evolution of adaptive unpredictability in competition and courtship
312
Egalitarian behaviour and the evolution of political intelligence
341
Social intelligence and language Another Rubicon
365
Index
397
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