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Nim Chimpsky The Chimp Who Would Be Human

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ISBN-10: 0553382772

ISBN-13: 9780553382778

Edition: 2009

Authors: Elizabeth Hess

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Could an adorable chimpanzee raised from infancy by a human family bridge the gap between speciesand change the way we think about the boundaries between the animal and human worlds? Here is the strange and moving account of an experiment intended to answer just those questions, and the astonishing biography of the chimp who was chosen to see it through. Dubbed Project Nim, the experiment was the brainchild of Herbert S. Terrace, a psychologist at Columbia University. His goal was to teach a chimpanzee American Sign Language in order to refute Noam Chomsky's assertion that language is an exclusively human trait. Nim Chimpsky, the baby chimp at the center of this ambitious, potentially…    
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/30/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Elizabeth Hess is a former art critic and columnist for The Village Voice. A freelance journalist, hundreds of her articles have appeared in The Washington Post, New York, Art in America, Artforum, Art News, The New York Observer, and Ms. She lives in New York City and East Chatham, New York.

Prologue: The Unexpected Birth of Nim Chimpsky
Introduction: Chimps Are Us
Project Nim: New York City
Early Days on the Chimp Farm
Launching Project Nim
"Brady Bunch-Plus Chimp"
Trouble in the Family
The Master of Delafield
"Pull Tickle"
The Institute for Primate Studies: Norman, Oklahoma
Meanwhile, Back on the Farm
Becoming a Norman Chimp
The Fall of IPS
Sanctuary: Murchison, Texas
The Black Beauty Ranch
When Nim Met Sally
Where They Are Now
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