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Original Intelligence: The Architecture of…

Original Intelligence: The Architecture of the Human Mind

by David Premack

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c.f., Premack (2003) Science paper. Instead of one intelligence, he argues that multiple unique features of human behaviors and human societies make us intelligent ( )
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Reveals the innate characteristics of human intelligence

Humans are the inheritors of millenia of animal evolution­­indeed, a mere 1.6 percent genetic difference separates us from our closest relative, the chimp­­and yet clearly human intelligence is a thing apart. Leading experimental psychologist David Premack and his long-time collaborator, Ann Premack, have made an extraordinary joint career of teasing out exactly what are the deep characteristics of the human mind that separates us from our closest animal relatives. In Original Intelligence, the Premacks draw upon years of brilliant experimental work of their own and others with animals and children, and human babies as young as four months. Carefully comparing and contrasting the abilities of animals and humans, they present compelling evidence for the existence of "modules," or inborn intuitions that enable even extremely young humans to recognize basic physical laws such as gravity, do arithmetic, draw analogies, understand music, and, of course use language. Finally, they explore the psychological, social, and ethical implications of these findings, and offer prescriptions for how educational methods should be reformed in light of this new understanding of how the mind works.

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