Our Inner Ape: The Best And Worst Of Human Nature (Paperback)
  • Our Inner Ape: The Best And Worst Of Human Nature (Paperback)

Our Inner Ape: The Best And Worst Of Human Nature (Paperback)

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Paperback 300 Pages / Published: 04/09/2006
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We have long attributed man's violent, aggressive, competitive nature to his animal ancestry. But what if we are just as given to cooperation, empathy and morality by virtue of our genes? From a scientist and writer whom E. O. Wilson has called 'the world authority on primate social behavior' comes a lively look at the most provocative aspects of human nature - power, sex, violence, kindness, and morality - through our two closest cousins in the ape family. 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. He brings these apes to life on every page, revealing their personalities, relationships and power struggles, creating an engrossing narrative that explores what their behaviour can teach us about ourselves and each other.

Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: 9781862078826
Number of pages: 300
Weight: 230 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 18 mm

An eagerly awaited publishing event... a revealing picture of the inner ape- what lies inside each and every one of us' Desmond Morris, author of The Naked Ape 'A profoundly illuminating book on humans by a great primatologist' John Gray 'De Waal's prose is as elegant and engrossing as ever' BBC Wildlife magazine 'De Waal's love for the apes comes through strongly in his warm, well written description... De Waal tells a captivating and fascinating tale' Popular Science Review 'De Waal has, accordingly, put new life into a debate that appeared to be running out of steam' Sunday Times Including photographs by the author For further information go to www.ourinnerape.com; author interview on Granta website

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“Who's aping whom?”

This is an interesting book describing the author's work with mostly captive Chimpanzees and Bonobos. He describes how Chimps are more aggressive, and Bonobos more empathetic and gentle. De Waal describes the... More

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