Machiavellian Intelligence II: Extensions and Evaluations

Author(s): Whiten A, Byrne RW


How can the intelligence of monkeys and apes, and the huge brain expansion that marked human evolution, be explained? This book's 1st edition, Machiavellian Intelligence (1988), assembled the early evidence suggesting a new answer: that evolution of intellect was primarily driven by selection for manipulative, social expertise within groups where the most challenging problem faced by individuals was dealing with their companions. Since then a wealth of new information and ideas has accumulated. This book brings readers up to date with the most important developments, extending the scope of the original ideas and evaluating them empirically from different perspectives. It is intended for researchers and students in many different branches of evolution and behavioural sciences, primatology and philosophy. 

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