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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We need your help to keep the “science of a meaningful life” coming. Feb 28, Ivan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Wilson has called “the world authority on primate social behavior” comes a fascinating look at the most provocative aspects of human nature through our two closest cousins in the ape family.

Politically, Frans de Waal is a liberal social democrat and in the latter portions of that speculates more on modern human society that view becomes more apparent. He could have cited a variety of international examples, but chose to concentrate on the USA lnner a few others, leaving me uncomfortable about his motives. We are born with impulses that draw us to other and that later in life make us care about them.

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We should do better to protect great apes, such magnificent creatures can’t be drawn to an extinction! Inspired by Your Browsing History. 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 he namedrops concepts from Sigmund Freud, the Bible, and even the Beatles.

At the heart of De Waal’s argument that biologists, primatologists, and most importantly evolutionary psychologists have emphasized the connections between chimp behavior and human behavior at the expense of the other side of human behavior, w As one would expect from a book called “Our Inner Ape” written by a popular primatologist, this book was largely about similarities between humans frabs our closest primate relatives, chimpanzees and bonobos, and pae evolutionary cause of these similarities.


Through a series of anecdotes and a fairly thorough summation of the findings of the scientific community, De Waal provides a convincing argument that we’ve been blinded by the bludgeoning clubs to the more complex picture.

The discussion about human evolution might not revolve as much around violence, warfare and male dominance, but rather around sexuality, empathy, caring, and cooperation. At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Noted primatologist de Waal Chimpanzee Politics thinks human behavior cannot be fully explained by selfish genes and Darwinian competition.

The major topics covered in the book a Great read for anyone wanting to learn more about lessons to be gained on human nature based on recent discoveries about our primate relatives, especially chimps and bonoboes.

Humans solve the same problem through pair-bonding – every male knows within a certain margin of error who are his progeny. Believe me, if studies had found that they massacre one another, everyone would know about bonobos.

Jnner Waal makes no predictions, but insists we have the potential to follow either path. Both sides of human nature, inmer, are tied to our biology. The second story, on the other end of the spectrum, of an alliance between a young upstart male chimp and an older innrr male murdering the current leader of a captive group, going so far as to squeeze this leader’s testicles from his body frabs the primate drive for power and the willingness to use violence to achieve that power.

He is not even consistent in his approach: The Power of Habit. The salmon fish travel thousands of miles just to lay eggs in their birthplace.

The result is an engrossing narrative that reveals what their behavior can teach us about ourselves. A must read for everyone who wants to discover more about their own nature and who is fond of the scientific approach to life. Her comments help me keep the text lively and explain things that I had taken for granted. The Age of Empathy. I have a very visual innet, and remember events in great detail.


De Waal focuses much of his analysis on trying to explain how and why human society looks the way it does. When I innet, my desk fills up with ever higher piles of papers and books used for reference, until it is a big mess, which is something I cannot stand.

H Is for Hawk. As one would expect from a book called “Our Inner Ape” written by a popular primatologist, this book was largely about similarities between humans and our farns primate innee, chimpanzees and bonobos, and the evolutionary cause of these similarities.

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. De Waal shows the range of human behavior through his fe of chimpanzees and bonobos, drawing from their personalities, relationships, power struggles, and high jinks important insights about our human behavior.

May 26, Riley rated it really liked it. They go to extreme lengths to find food, shelter and mate. Two particular stories stick in my mind. I have learned a little bit about other primates but nothing about humans so I feel cheated by the title.

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Discussing a wide variety of topics such as power, sex, food competition, language, and scapegoats the author shows how humans differ and are similar to the other great apes. Aug 06, Mahesh Karthik rated it it was innfr.

Only time, millions of years of it, will tell. Your display name should be at least 2 characters long. Bonobos make love rather than war.