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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Review: Our Inner Ape by Frans de Waal | Books | The Guardian

Feb 28, Ivan rated it it was amazing Shelves: While this book, published inis a bit academic in its scope, his later volume, The Age of Empathy, inmay be even dr accessible to the lay reader.

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Anthropology has tended to get hung up on the violence of chimp society and ignores the behaviours that are stepping stones toward morality. We should do better to protect great apes, such magnificent creatures can’t be drawn to an extinction!

They go to extreme lengths to find food, shelter and mate.

For such a champion of the bonobo the only champion of the species I can think of De Waal spends little time on the species. All My Puny Sorrows. Monkeys show affinity for tough union tactics: In his newest book, leading primatologist Frans de Waal debunks this idea.


We humans like to think of ourselves as the most supremely evolved species on the planet, elevated and distinct from all others.

The comparison between humans and different ancestors, other than the usual comparison of chimps, was thought provoking. See all books by Frans de Waal.

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

Since I have treated the major themes before, finding my voice wasn’t that hard. May 26, Riley rated it really liked it.

There is cooperation, insight into the emotions and thoughts of others, and affection as well as hostility. And the bonobos reminded him of socialists and that made him a very happy man. I didn’t mention any actual political situations out of fear that such asides would distract from the chimp story.

Chimpanzees fought for hierarchical status, and committed murder to maintain frqns and sexual command. The major topics covered in the book are the foundations for human patterns of power, sex, violence, and kindness, all explored with lucid prose dosed with wry humor.

Frans de Waal is one of the alpha males of primate research: If anything, I think his primate studies imply even more radical conclusions the Dutch ou state’s mitigation of capitalist competition.


After laying eggs all die in order to be consumed by their offsprings few months later. Definitely a great read.

The result is an engrossing and surprising narrative that reveals what their behavior can teach us about our own nature. He just seems to have a feeling and know.

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The salmon fish travel thousands of miles just to lay eggs in their birthplace. I write my books without much of an outline except for the chapter titles.

Overall the perspective in this book is fresh and very interesting at waall to a layman like me. After all, we share them with another primate: The author is keen on presenting facts and theories to make me realize that i am not distinct.

The discussion about human evolution might not revolve as much around violence, warfare and male dominance, but rather around sexuality, empathy, caring, and cooperation.

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No other book has attempted to cover this ground. A cynic might suggest that the generally peaceful, female dominated and sexually permissive bonobos seem to bear little relation to most wala societies.

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