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The Social Leap: How and why humans connect
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William von Hippel
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The Social Leap: How and why humans connect

William von Hippel


Scribe Publications

Society & Social Sciences;
Popular culture;
Social interaction


240 pages

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Leading researcher into social intelligence and evolutionary psychology William von Hippel argues that the main advantage early primates had against other animals was their ability to live, and thrive, in social groups. Furthermore, this ability was such a revolutionary advantage that it was the chief evolutionary pressure driving the development of the human brain.

It is our brain that sets us apart as Homo sapiens, the 'thinker? who colonised the entire planet. Yet while we think of our species as highly inventive, it is striking how few of us actually invent things. Is social intelligence, rather than IQ, the defining aptitude of our species? If so, under what conditions are we primed to cooperate with others? And what role does self-deception play in our success?

The Social Leap will help you understand who we are, why we developed this way, and how - among competing social pressures - we can lead a happy life.

By:   William von Hippel
Imprint:   Scribe Publications
Country of Publication:   Australia
ISBN:   9781925713022
ISBN 10:   1925713024
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   December 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

William von Hippel is a professor of psychology at the University of Queensland. His work has been covered in The Australian, The New York Times, The Economist, The Age, Harvard Business Review, Time, The Sydney Morning Herald, and elsewhere.

`Full of insight into human character, von Hippel's book provides a stimulating program for measuring success without material yardsticks.' -Kirkus

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