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Grooming, Gossip, and the Evolution of Language by Robin I.M. Dunbar
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Apr 25, 2012

it was amazing

Interesting, perhaps eccentric, thesis on the origin and utility of human language, well-founded in evidence gathered from a wide variety of fields, including linguistics, neurology, and evolutionary psychology. In some cases, Dunbar seems a bit dismissive of others' hypotheses, but at least he gives them consideration (his objections don't always convince; but a stronger case would certainly require a more technical, and therefore less entertaining presentation). Strongly recommended for anyone interested in evolutionary psychology or cultural anthropology.
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