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Would humans without language be apes?

By J Vauclair


The bedrock of comparative psychology of cognition, especially where nonhuman primates are concerned, rests on Darwin's famous account according to which continuity would be the main trait leading from the animal to the human mind. This idea was popularized through the statement in which Darwin postulated only quantitative differences between humans and the other species, namely "the difference in mind between man and the higher animals, great as it is, certainly is one of degree and not of kind" (Darwin, 1871, p. 128)..

Topics: Comparative Psychology
Publisher: Greenwich, CT: Ablex Publishing Corporation
Year: 2003
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