Introduction: The Evolution of Cooperative Communication

  title={Introduction: The Evolution of Cooperative Communication},
  author={Chris Knight},
‘Selfish gene’ Darwinism differs from earlier versions of evolutionary theory in its focus on one key question: Why cooperate? The faculty of speech which distinguishes Homo sapiens from other species is an aspect of human social competence. By inference, it evolved in the context of uniquely human strategies of social cooperation. In these chapters, therefore, Darwinism in its modern, socially aware form provides our theoretical point of departure. Where, previously, attention has focused on… 
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