An explicitly social account of the evolution of human thinking.

This is a succinct but dense book. Thomasello traces the history of this aspect of hominin evolution using the great ape as a starting point. His observations on the essentially individualistic behaviour of great apes are spot on. He draws conclusions purely on the evidence and without anthropomorphisation. He then offers an account of the steps, not many, that took hominins from a state of individuals within a society to a level of cooperation that has given us modern language and culture.

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