World Without Weight

World Without Weight

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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. So are humans alone in trying to make sense of the world by postulating theoretical entities to explain how the world works?In this important new book, Daniel Povinelli and his colleagues approach this highly controversial territory by investigating the seeminglyprosaic topic whether chimpanzees wield roughly the same commonsense ideas about weight that human do. When it comes to the physical world, they ask if chimpanzees reinterpret a broad range of primaryexperiences-lifting objects, seeing objects fall or collide, observing the differential effort others exert when they move objects-in terms of a common, causal mechanism which, in our everyday parlance, we refer to as 'weight.' The question is not whether chimpanzees have a theory about weight that's any better or worse than preschool children or Einstein or modern string theorists. The question is whether chimpanzees have any theories at all. Povinelli's workencourages us to stand back and adopt a different perspective on even our closest living relatives. Rather than seeing chimpanzees as watered-down versions of ourselves, this book challenges us to see ourjoint encounter for what it is: a meeting of alien minds.The intermanual transfer of anticipatory force control in precision grip lifting is not influenced by the perception of weight. ... Analyse expAcrimentale: De quelques elements de la sensation de poids. ... Ellis, R.R. and Lederman, S.J. (1998). The a€œ golf-balla€ illusion: Evidence for top-down processing in weight perception.

Title:World Without Weight
Author: Daniel J. Povinelli, Nicholas G. Ballew
Publisher:Oxford University Press - 2012

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