The cognitive niche: Coevolution of intelligence, sociality, and language

  title={The cognitive niche: Coevolution of intelligence, sociality, and language},
  author={Steven Pinker},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences},
  pages={8993 - 8999}
  • S. Pinker
  • Published 5 May 2010
  • Biology
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Although Darwin insisted that human intelligence could be fully explained by the theory of evolution, the codiscoverer of natural selection, Alfred Russel Wallace, claimed that abstract intelligence was of no use to ancestral humans and could only be explained by intelligent design. Wallace's apparent paradox can be dissolved with two hypotheses about human cognition. One is that intelligence is an adaptation to a knowledge-using, socially interdependent lifestyle, the “cognitive niche.” This… 
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