Anthropology, Author Essays, Interviews, and Excerpts, Biology, Philosophy

Baboon Metaphysics on Fresh Air

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Primatologists Dorothy Cheney and Richard Seyfarth, authors of the new book Baboon Metaphysics: The Evolution of a Social Mind were featured last week on NPR’s Fresh Air to discuss their years of research in Botswana’s Okavango Delta observing baboons and their social world. The results of their studies, available in their book, reveal the surprising complexities of baboon society and the fascinating intelligence that underlies it—and indeed may even give us some valuable insights into our own social behaviors. You can listen to archived audio of the interview online at the NPR website or read an excerpt from the book.