Mind the Gap; or Why Humans are Not Just Great Apes


in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 154, 2007 Lectures

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780197264355
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734052 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Mind the Gap; or Why Humans are Not Just Great Apes

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This lecture presents the text of the speech about humans and apes delivered by the author at the 2007 Joint British Academy/British Psychological Society Annual Lecture held at the British Academy. It comments on the claim that an evolutionary perspective is not a competing paradigm for conventional explanations in the social sciences, and explains the why humans are so different from other apes and monkeys, despite the fact that we share so much of our evolutionary history with them.

Keywords: humans; apes; evolutionary history; social sciences; monkeys; British Academy; lectures; British Psychological Society

Chapter.  8264 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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