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  • “Dr. Tomasello believes children develop what he calls “shared intentionality,” a notion of what others expect to happen and hence a sense of a group “we.” It is from this shared intentionality that children derive their sense of norms and of expecting others to obey them.

    Shared intentionality, in Dr. Tomasello’s view, is close to the essence of what distinguishes people from chimpanzees.”

    The New York Times, We May Be Born With an Urge to Help, by Nicholas Wade, November 30, 2009

    December 1, 2009