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Folk physics cannot be assumed

Daniel J. Povinelli

in Folk Physics for Apes: The Chimpanzee's theory of how the world works

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780198572190
eISBN:
9780191584978
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198572190.003.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology

This chapter begins with a discussion of the purpose of the book, which is to probe chimpanzees' understanding of the physics that allow such acts of tool using and making in the first place — their ... More


Toward a folk physics for chimpanzees

Daniel J. Povinelli

in Folk Physics for Apes: The Chimpanzee's theory of how the world works

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780198572190
eISBN:
9780191584978
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198572190.003.0012
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology

This chapter addresses some difficult theoretical issues which, up to this point, have been gingerly sidestepped. First, it offers an account of how chimpanzees interpret the interactions between the ... More


Causality, tool use, and folk physics: a comparative approach

Daniel J. Povinelli

in Folk Physics for Apes: The Chimpanzee's theory of how the world works

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780198572190
eISBN:
9780191584978
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198572190.003.0003
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology

Chapter 2 showed how the natural, spontaneous social behavior of chimpanzees — no matter how similar it appears to our own — may be attended by very different kinds of psychological states. This ... More


Why Represent Causal Relations?

Michael Strevens

in Causal Learning: Psychology, Philosophy, and Computation

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780195176803
eISBN:
9780199958511
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176803.003.0016
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology

Why do we represent the world around us using causal generalizations rather than, say, purely statistical generalizations? Do causal representations contain useful additional information, or are they ... More


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