The Cultural Origins of Human Cognition by Michael Tomasello will be the reading group's first book. The voting was close, and I'll be sure to include the books that did well in the voting for the second book, but for now, Tomasello's the man.
For those of you who are not familiar with Dr. Tomasello, he is in the Department for Developmental and Comparative Psychology at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. The bulk of his research is on human language development, and language and culture in nonhuman primates. Here is a list of his publications, and here is a recent paper in which he presents experiments that are designed to test the theories he discusses in the book we'll be reading. This paper, published 2 years before the book, touches on many of the ideas in it, and might be a good place to start while you're waiting for the book. Tomasello has other papers online that might be of interest as well, and I'd be happy to point anyone to them.
I will post a little introduction and background in the next week. If you have questions about the book before then, feel free to email them to me.