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a hypothesis which explains the development of intelligence was a result (primarily) of the desire for power. First proposed by Niccolo Machiavelli.

MACHIAVELLIAN HYPOTHESIS: "Niccolo Machiavelli proposed the Machiavellian hypothesis of intelligence which implied that intelligence was a result for a desire for power."

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