Kanzi: The Ape at the Brink of the Human Mind

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Wiley, Sep 28, 1996 - Nature - 336 pages
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The remarkable story of a "talking" chimp, a leading scientist, and the profound insights they have uncovered about our species

He has been featured in cover stories in Time, Newsweek, and National Geographic, and has been the subject of a "NOVA" documentary. He is directly responsible for discoveries that have forced the scientific community to recast its thinking about the nature of the mind and the origins of language. He is Kanzi, an extraordinary bonobo chimpanzee who has overturned the idea that symbolic language is unique to our species. This is the moving story of how Kanzi learned to converse with humans and the profound lessons he has taught us about our animal cousins, and ourselves.

". . . The underlying thesis is informative and well argued . . . Savage-Rumbaugh's results are impressive." — The Washington Post

"This popular, absorbing, and controversial account is recommended." — Library Journal

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User Review  - smitkevi - LibraryThing

The subject matter was entertaining, but at times the writing style was a bit boring. With that said, it's non-fiction and I spend most of my reading time in the world of fiction so I suppose the book ... Read full review

KANZI: The Ape at the Brink of the Human Mind

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Ape-language specialist Savage-Rumbaugh and science writer Lewin (co-author of Origins with Richard Leakey, 1977) run the superchimp Kanzi past us once again with this latest in the current deluge of ... Read full review


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SUE SAVAGE-RUMBAUGH, Ph.D., is one of the world's leading ape-language researchers. She is an Associate Professor of Biology at Georgia State University and Associate Research Professor at Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center at Emory University.

ROGER LEWIN is an award-winning writer and author of twelve books, including the bestselling Origins, which he coauthored with Richard Leakey.

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