The gap: the science of what separates us from other animals

Suddendorf, Thomas The gap: the science of what separates us from other animals. New York, NY, United States: Basic Books, 2013.

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Author Suddendorf, Thomas
Title The gap: the science of what separates us from other animals
Place of Publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Basic Books
Publication year 2013
Sub-type Research book (original research)
Open Access Status
ISBN 9780465030149
Language eng
Total number of pages 369
Collection year 2014
Formatted Abstract/Summary
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.
Keyword Human evolutionary history
Animal behavior
Developmental psychology
Evolutionary psychology
Comparative psychology
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Created: Wed, 30 Oct 2013, 16:24:10 EST by Thomas Suddendorf on behalf of School of Psychology