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Social interaction and teamwork lead to human intelligence

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Scientists have discovered proof that the evolution of intelligence and larger brain sizes can be driven by cooperation and teamwork, shedding new light on the origins of what it means to be human.

The idea that social interactions underlie the evolution of intelligence has been around since the mid-70s, but support for this hypothesis has come largely from correlative studies where large brains were observed in more social animals. The authors of the current research provide the first evidence that mechanistically links decision making in social interactions with the evolution of intelligence.

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Written by learningchange

06/06/2012 at 12:00

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  1. Proof that “proof that the evolution of intelligence and larger brain sizes *can* be driven by cooperation and teamwork” is not proof that it *was* driven by these things, nor proof that it was driven *only* by these things. The Account in phys.org (not the actual study, and not (so far as I can tell) linked to the the actual study, is very much overstated.

    Stephen Downes

    06/06/2012 at 14:08

  2. Very interesting but I have to look into it.
    Halina

    Halina

    06/06/2012 at 14:37

  3. [...] Social interaction and teamwork lead to human intelligence ” Learning Change (gfbertini.wordpress.com) [...]


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