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NON-HUMAN PRIMATES CANNOT DECONTEXTUALIZE AND OBJECTIFY THE ACTIONS OF THEIR CONSPECIFICS
The Evolution of Language
We argue that all primates primarily perceive the actions of conspecifics as meaningful expressions of agency. Social understanding is a perceptual capacity that does not require human reason or imagination. Conversely, only humans have an additional, sophisticated ability to decontextualize and objectify actions into abstract movements. We thereby turn the traditional consensus on its head: what distinguishes humans from other primates is not the ability to perceive other agents. Humans aredoi:10.1142/9789814401500_0017 fatcat:wgftg7gz6rffbmnhobgaqybadq