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Children vs Chimps

I drove into New Haven on a recent morning with a burning question on my mind. How did my daughter do against the chimpanzees?

Ok, aside from the funny opening, this is pretty interesting.

As human ancestors began to make complicated tools, figuring out goals might not have been good enough anymore. Hominids needed a way to register automatically what other hominids did, even if they didn’t understand the intentions behind them. They needed to imitate.

2 Responses to “Children vs Chimps”

  1. Citizen Says:

    Excellent article. Thanks for the heads up!

  2. Mind Monkey! » Monkey see, monkey don’t…but kids do Says:

    […] From Povert comes this link to a NYT story about imitation in chimps and young kids. A great read, with plenty to think about. – Posted in General by Citizen   […]

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