Professor Robin Dunbar FBA gave the 2007 Joint British Academy/British Psychological Society Lecture. He argued that the real difference between humans and the great apes lies in our ability to live in the virtual world of the mind. Story-telling plays an important role in social bonding in all human cultures, and it requires us to be able to imagine worlds that do not physically exist. In this edited extract, Professor Dunbar discusses the significance of the human ‘social brain’ and its computational power.
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