The Naked Ape by Desmond Morris The Human Zoo by Desmond Morris Our Inner Ape by Frans de Waal The Third Chimpanzee by Jared Diamond Your Inner. Both sides of human nature, however, are tied to our biology. The title “Our Inner Ape” was decided on an impulse early on. I am a big believer in the German saying “In der Beschränkung zeigt sich erst der Meister” (self-imposed limits. By Frans de Waal Riverhead, , pages. Which of our inner apes—the peaceful bonobo or the more aggressive chimpanzee—will.

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If you support the Frns Good by December 31, your ou will be matched dollar-for-dollar. And while chimps can be cruel, sometimes brutal, toward others outside their circle, bonobos often show kindness toward unfamiliar apes, even sharing food with them.

All three species, human, chimpanzee and bonobo are closely related genetically: The primate stories are engraved in my mind like so many family dramas.

See complete list of editions. De Waal makes no predictions, but insists we have the potential to follow either path.

Our Inner Ape

It is refreshing to read from someone who sees looks at natural man and sees the positives, as well as the negatives. I hope we can all frxns to take that theory’s weaknesses for granted.

I enjoyed listening to this book but, admittedly, it was a little dull in places. In previous books, I left the human connection wpe. And often the process is one of reduction, of throwing out what’s unneeded. They are capable of murder, and infanticide, but also of gratuitous tenderness.

With pen in hand, I do a very rigorous rereading and again change things around. One would expect de Waal would collect social experiments to compare human behavior, or at least use specific anecdotes of human behavior when contrasting his primate anecdotes. Bonobos solve the problem through universal sexual promiscuity – there’s no way to know who the father of any given infant might be.

Other times he is annoying as shit and goes off on these tangents about politics and things he pulls out of his ass that are totally not scientific. Along the way, he asks the question, “What differentiates us from apes primarily chimps and bonobos? The chimpanzee has a reputation as murderous and power-hungry, whereas the bonobo, the hippie of the primate world, seems to prefer to “make love – not war.


However, I’m glad that he doesn’t spend too much oug debunking social darwinism. De Waal covers [his topic] with great wisdom and subtlety. The major topics covered in the book are the foundations for human patterns of power, sex, violence, and kindness, all explored with lucid crans dosed with wry humor.

Please review your cart. Overall fras No ratings yet 0. Jul 30, Michael rated it really liked it Shelves: May be our life cycles are distinct and meaningful. I suggest he stick I selected this book based on De Waal’s reputation in primatology, interested in his thoughts on the root inher that define our human societies.

There was not a single moment when I found that my attention was dipping and that is why I could read this book so fast despite my busy schedule. He demonstrated that most of our ideas of goodness exist in our older genetic neighbors and that goodness is more natural than we often give it credit. Jul apw, Jacqui rated it liked it Shelves: May 05, Amy rated it it was ok. Granted the logistics of studying the hybrids would be really, really challenging if not impossible, but I have to say that it would be damned good reading if someone could do it.

Wonderfully written on our closest genetic relatives: And I felt like he favored the bonobos big-time.

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Ce find his treatment of the question, “How do chimps, bonobos and humans each address the problem of determining paternity?

Not only are countries highly complex meta-interactional organizations whose opinions can only be guessed by polling, but nobody deposed the United States in anything.

Quotes from Our Inner Ape: In his newest book, leading primatologist Frans de Waal debunks this idea. That was weird since he himself said human behavior most closely resembles chimps.

He calls for more scientific approaches to empathy, cooperation, and consiliation, and argues against any simplistic biological determinism in our propensity to violence.


Our Inner Ape: A Leading Primatologist Explains Why We Are Who We Are

H Is for Hawk. Chimpanzees fought for hierarchical status, and committed murder to maintain dominance and sexual command. A bonobo or pygmy chimpanzee at Twycross zoo is famous for gently rescuing a stunned starling, protecting it and helping it fly away. I suggest he stick to science in his next book. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia. They share food, form alliances, play power games and indulge in wal for political and social advantage as well as for promiscuous gratification.

No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! The new or of Our Inner Ape was to make primate behavior apply directly to human behavior. Instead he namedrops concepts from Sigmund Freud, the Bible, and even the Beatles. The model of chimps as Edenic creatures was darkened by discovery of their versions of warfare and murder, while the pansexual and female dominated society of bonoboes can’t provide an ideal model of human society because of the contrast with our core dependence on the nuclear family.

This is the first of Franz de Waal’s books I have read.

They engage in some variant of sexual activity every one and a half hours. Frans de Waal has spent the last two decades studying our closest primate relations, and his observations of each species in Our Inner Ape encompass the spectrum of human behavior. Instead de Waal merely cites this as an example and moves on, as he does with nearly every far-fetched example.

While this book, published inis a bit academic in its scope, his later volume, The Age of Empathy, inmay be even more accessible to the lay reader. The book is published in the US by Riverhead, inand will soon thereafter appear in a dozen other countries. Also within biology, the tone of the debate about human nature has changed drastically over the last few years, from the right of the strongest to the evolution of morality and commitment.