Archive for September 2007

Some evidence for the cultural intelligence hypothesis

September 11, 2007

“Humans have many cognitive skills not possessed by their nearest primate relatives. The cultural intelligence hypothesis argues that this is mainly due to a species-specific set of social-cognitive skills, emerging early in ontogeny, for participating and exchanging knowledge in cultural groups. ”

Some elegant experiments on human children, chimps and orangs suggest that we posess some specialised social-cognitive skills… – See article in NatureĀ 

And this discussion on the primatology.org blog.