The Third Chimpanzee has ratings and reviews. Chuck said: Another great book from Jared Diamond. I found this to be just as engaging as Guns. Diamond, Jared. The rise and fall of the third chimpanzee. I. Title. ISBN 0- Photoset by Speedset Ltd, Ellesmere Port. Printed and bound in. The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal, published in , was the first of my six books written for the general public. I look back.

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Those two things allowed us to transmit lots of information because old folks would be the story tellers and survival experts when shit hit the fan and allowed women to also live a bit after having children. There is a long list of genocides in history. Can anyone recommend an up-to-date book covering these themes? We routinely draw a fundamental distinction between humans and animals. Jared Diamond is a mostly sensible anthropologist.

Progress no longer depended on genetic evolution but cultural evolution. If you’re at all interested in evolutionary theory and our genetic proximity to our forest-dwelling relatives, you should read this book.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. If you want to find answers for your questions like the qualitative discrepancies between human and jarer, how and why men do stupid things for attracting women, the reasons for being unfaithful among men, evolution of language, the reason for creating artworks by people, please read this book.

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THe Third Chimpanzee: the evolution and future of the human animal

Harper Collins, New York, It’s a fascinating book that sheds much light on that most peculiar yet apparen The single most important book that fed a mind starving for truth, as I stumbled out of seminary with a thousand more questions and issues than when I went in. According to his theory, those deleterious structures and behaviors constitute valid indicators that the animal is being honest in its claim of superiority, precisely because those traits themselves impose handicaps.


To have the balls to waste the reader’s time and trees like this on an irrelevant theory that obviously does not explain the question proposed. For one thing, in addition to humans being more closely related to chimpanzees than to any other species, chimpanzees are more closely related to thlrd than they are to gorillas or any other apes.

Examples include Easter Island and the ruins of Diamoneboth of which were jaerd result of deforestation resulting in desertification, according to Diamond.

It spread largely because it could support a population density 10x of hunter-gatherers, and 10 malnourished warriors can still beat 1 healthy bushman. He duamond kinda relied on personal anecdotes–mostly from his New Guinea friends–and broad generalizations instead of facts.

Diamond shows how none of these activities are unique to humans; each activity has some analog in animal behavior, as well. The Third Chimpanzee focuses on how many of the characteristics the we consider uniquely “human” language, art, murder really aren’t as unique as we think.

The book is divided into five parts. Another amazing fact is that since humanity emerged in Africa a million years ago, until about 15, years ago there was not a single human being living in North or South America. As early as when The Third Chimpanzee is publishedDiamond succinctly summarizes this risk.

I find that his books have so much information that it is helpful for me to outline them as I go. I think Diamond plays the doom and gloom card to heavily. He writes of our place in the universe, and why we may be alone though others might have gone before elsewhere. This part was quite interesting.

Feb 03, Gendou rated it liked it Shelves: Show me more realistic art, art that holds the mirror to reality with a bit more clarity and then show me thord animal spontaneously producing that, then we’ll talk.

Already inample information was available to tell the stories of the destruction of the moas and other large birds of New Zealand, of the elephant birds and large mammals of Madagascar, and of the giant ground sloths and most of the other large mammals of North and South America. These killers persist only in societies of crowded, malnourished, sedentary people constantly reinfected by each other and by their own ciamond.


The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal

The life history jarec humans is remarkably different from that of all other mammals in number of offspring, menopause and length of life. Mar 04, Zuberino rated it it was amazing Shelves: Retrieved from ” https: So yes, chimps splashing paint fits into this very specific category, but that doesn’t make it art outside of that interpretation. A bountiful earth has given us the illusion that there are no limits, but the lives hhird of us spend in completely artificial creations, our cities, keep the changes our consumption makes in the natural world from notice.

I was there in Finland for a conference, and one of my lunch companions was raving about Guns, Germs, and Steel. Also frequently discussed is our upright posture, freeing up our hands for using tools. Diamond observes in his book that this would provide food for thought to people passing this side of the bars of a cage with the label Homo.

He should have done the research and presented the reader with the likely truth, not a list of mostly bad ideas. He also has a fun sense of humor and appreciates irony as it regularly occurs in life. What I simply do not understand about the “awww, look at and study the primitive people” perspective is the lack of consideration for the desires, wishes, or well being of the culture in question. He makes sweeping generalizations that are not always held up by documented facts.

If you have any recommendations lemme know. Convergent evolution is not intimidate.