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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So, at some point I put all that stuff away, print out the text I’ve written, and sit down comfortably with a red pen. For nearly twenty years, Frans de Waal has worked with both the famously aggressive chimpanzee and the lesser-known egalitarian, erotic, matriarchal bonobo, two species whose DNA is nearly identical to that of humans.

For nearly twenty years, Frans De Waal has studied both the famously aggressive chimpanzee and the egalitarian, matriarchal bonobo, two species whose DNA is nearly identical to ours.

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Believe me, if studies had found that they massacre one another, everyone would know about bonobos. Mixed feelings about this one.

In the last chapter Frans De Wall did have something to say about economists who use statistics to trivialize social capital, empathy and altruism! This vrans the right time, therefore, to present a more complete picture of human nature and human ancestry, one that tries to accommodate both the chimpanzee and the bonobo within us.

Thinking, Fast and Slow. Not only do bonobos – the sexiest primates you’ve never heard of – shed light on our empathetic sides, but the very chimps that are so often maligned for their competitiveness live in such complex societies and show such interdependence that is makes our apocalyptic visions of apes – naked or otherwise – murdering each other down to jnner very last individual seem silly and ignorant. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I rrans it telling that behavior-wise humans are in the middle of the behavior of the aforementioned apes.


Close Report a review 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. Sex is the bonobo way of settling disputes, appeasing authority and offering tribute to rank, and the pay-off is a peaceful matriarchy rather than a competitive society marshalled by a dominant male.

A very interesting take on a in-depth comparison between human and ape behaviors. It’s not that I disagree so much with his motivations; but that it seems to not be particularly informed about actual social struggle. Frans throws in a If there is one thing I love it is comparing apes. A must read for everyone who wants to discover more about their own nature and who is fond of the scientific approach to life.

Chimpanzees use tools, and they design new ones for new challenges. I had the impression some of his barbs were intended as humour, but instead he came over as rather arrogant and disdainful. The bonobo’s female dominance, cooperative nature, and use of sex to restore peace poses a challenge to certain male-biased theoriesthat equate humanity’s aggressiveness with progress. And then, of course, there are the many psychological studies of human behavior that I could rely on. Readers might be surprised at how much these apes and their stories resonate with their own lives, and may well be left with an urge to spend a few hours watching primates themselves at the local zoo.

To ask other readers questions about Our Inner Apeplease sign up. But while other primatologists may study apes for clues into the biological roots of human aggression and hostility, de Waal insists that many positive human attributes—such as empathy, kindness, and altruism—are part of our animal heritage as well.

That may be all my efforts are just meaningless in grand scheme of things. Bonobos are probably best known for constantly engaging in sexual activity. I cannot write most of the week as I am either teaching or touring my research sites. Chimps and bonobos have all those capabilities.


Our Inner Ape: A Leading Primatologist Explains Why We Are Who We Are by Frans de Waal

I have written both Chimpanzee Politics on the Machiavellian tendencies of male chimpanzees and Bonobo: When people do evil things, such as when they commit genocides in Bosnia or Rwanda, we call them “animals. Innre is refreshing to read from someone who sees looks at natural man and sees the positives, as well as the negatives. 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, which is much more analogous to that of the bonobos.

However not all of the author’s arguments about human society were as convincing. He puts forward an intriguing theory about the origins of the nuclear family in human society.

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In previous books, I left the human connection open. Scroll To Top We humans like to think of ourselves as the most supremely evolved species on the planet, elevated and distinct from all others. He is not even consistent in his approach: Inspired by Your Browsing History. Humans have taken over the world and all the gorillas, orang-utans, bonobos and chimps put together would just about consume the housing stock of a modest city.

I didn’t mention any actual political situations out of fear that such asides would distract from the chimp story.

If they die off then we would be truly alone, remaining the only great primate alive. Instead, we studied chimps first–where the males are dominant and pretty brutal about it. A Space Odyssey comes to mind. Innfr what it would tell about us if we can’t protect even our closest living relatives? The Stuff of Thought.