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World without weight: Perspectives on an alien mind

Daniel Povinelli

Abstract

In every domain of reasoning — from time and space, to mental states and physical illness — humans deploy an exceedingly diverse range of intuitive ‘theories’ about how the world works. Children from diverse cultures always seem to arrive at a few, common folk theories as they hone their developing brains against roughly similar interactions with people and objects. The result is an impressive panoply of folk notions that the human species uses to explain, predict, and just plain talk about everything from why the sky is blue, to why we catch a cold when we stand out in the rain. Unquestionabl ... More

Keywords: theories, folk notions, higher-order reasoning, bodily mechanisms, chimpanzees, weight, preschool children

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780198570967
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198570967.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Povinelli, author
Department of Biology, University of Louisiana, USA

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Chapter 2 Dissecting Weight

Daniel J. Povinelli

Chapter 3 Weight Lifting

Daniel J. Povinelli, Carley Faughn, Nicholas G. Ballew, James E. Reaux

Chapter 4 Weight Sorting

Angela Finsterwald1, James E. Reaux, Jennifer Vonk, Daniel J. Povinelli

Chapter 5 Weight as Impediment

Daniel J. Povinelli, James E. Reaux, Sarah Dunphy-Lelii, Jennifer Vonk

Chapter 6 The Impact of Weight

Jennifer Vonk, Angela Finsterwald1, Will Dorton2, James E. Reaux, Carley Faughn, Derek C. Penn, Daniel J. Povinelli

Chapter 7 Close Imposters: Balance, Support, and Deformation

Jennifer Vonk, James E. Reaux, Daniel J. Povinelli

Chapter 8 Developing ƒ(WEIGHT)

Daniel J. Povinelli, Jennifer Vonk, Conni Castille

Chapter 9 Some Heavy Lifting … Over Dinner

Daniel J. Povinelli, Derek C. Penn1