A Talent for Friendship: Rediscovery of a Remarkable Trait by John Edward Terrell

By John Edward Terrell

This vigorous, provocative textual content offers a brand new approach to comprehend friendship. Professor John Terrell argues that the facility to make acquaintances is an developed human trait no longer in contrast to our skill to stroll upright on legs or our means for speech and complicated summary reasoning. Terrell charts how this trait has advanced through investigating particular features of the human mind: the power to remake the surface international to fit our collective wishes, and our potential to flee into our personal internal ideas and picture how issues could and must be. The textual content is richly illustrated and written in an attractive type, and may entice scholars, students, and normal readers drawn to anthropology, evolutionary and cognitive technological know-how, and psychology extra widely.

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By detaching from the realities of the moment and turning our mind to our inner thoughts, we can ponder what I like to call “coulds & shoulds” of life. We can devote our mind to a kind of imaginary niche construction that does not even have to be “of this world” at 30 Wh at M ak es Us Hum an? all. We can see seemingly impossible things in our mind’s eye. We can engage in “what if ” fantasies of remarkable, perhaps sometimes sexually charged, and even quite unrealistic complexity. We can invent imaginary worlds, invent new things, rewrite the story of our life to our heart’s content—all in the mind rather than in the real world.

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