Kanzi: The Ape at the Brink of the Human Mind [NOOK Book]

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This collaboration, between one of the world's foremost ape researchers and an acclaimed popular science writer, tells the remarkable story of the chimpanzee who has demonstrated exceptional language skills and thinking ability. Chronicles a series of extraordinary breakthrough discoveries Sue Savage-Rumbaugh has made with Kanzi as well as other apes. Explains how these findings are leading to major reassessments of the similarities between human and animal minds. Features a ...
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Kanzi: The Ape at the Brink of the Human Mind

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Overview

This collaboration, between one of the world's foremost ape researchers and an acclaimed popular science writer, tells the remarkable story of the chimpanzee who has demonstrated exceptional language skills and thinking ability. Chronicles a series of extraordinary breakthrough discoveries Sue Savage-Rumbaugh has made with Kanzi as well as other apes. Explains how these findings are leading to major reassessments of the similarities between human and animal minds. Features a photo insert of intriguing pictures.

Kanzi's story will astonish and delight readers as they learn just how close to the human mind this ape has come. "No other animal has done more to renew interest in animal intelligence"--Time 42 intriguing photos.

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Editorial Reviews

Lisa Orzepowski
Although we share 99 percent of our genetic makeup with chimpanzees and even more humanlike characteristics with bonobos miniature chimpanzees, language sets us apart from our hairy brothers and sisters. Ape researcher Sue Savage-Rumbaugh and her coauthor document her years of psychological studies, laboratory work, and life experiences with bonobos. The book is a blend of Dian Fossey living in the forests with her gorillas and case studies of other scientists' experiences. Through years of skepticism and some remarkable breakthroughs, Savage-Rumbaugh was able to train a bonobo named Kanzi to communicate using a lexigram--a keyboard of symbols representing set words or actions. Kanzi differs from a trained ape in that his responses are thought motivated instead of conditioned. After years of language "school," Kanzi is able to understand English voice commands and appropriately respond using the lexigram, which then generates an electronically activated voice response. His achievements are more than admirable--they are miraculously close to language and comprehensible syntax as we know it. Kanzi is not only a fabulous scientific triumph but also an affectionate story of bonobos.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620459089
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/1/1996
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

SUE SAVAGE-RUMBAUGH, Ph.D., is one of the world's leading ape-language researchers. She is an Associate Professor of Biology at Georgia State University and Associate Research Professor at Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center at Emory University.

ROGER LEWIN is an award-winning writer and author of twelve books, including the bestselling Origins, which he coauthored with Richard Leakey.

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Table of Contents

On a Beach in Portugal.
The Meaning of Words.
Talking to Each Other.
An Uncommon Ape.
First Glimpse.
Inside Kanzi's Mind.
Childside.
Pan, the Tool-Maker.
The Origin of Language.
At the Brink of the Human Mind.
References.
Index.
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