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Science  05 May 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5467, pp. 816-817
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5467.816

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The Cultural Origins of Human Cognition. Michael Tomasello. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 1999. 254 pp. $29.95. ISBN 0-674-00070-6.

Tomasello examines how, and why, humans differ from other species, particularly other primates. He argues that the we are distinguished by our unique capacity to put ourselves into the minds of others, which has allowed us to learn by imitation and inform by teaching.