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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I was taken aback at knowing how similar we are to the apes and how our nature starkly contrasts with theirs. In previous books, I left the human connection open. In his newest book, leading primatologist Frans de Waal debunks this idea. But not all of these parallels are so appealing: Mixed feelings about this one.

All My Puny Sorrows. I suspect the title was designed to do that. The joke makes people smile and immediately communicates what the book is about. But in fact, we never found a better one. Bonobos act as if they have never heard of the idea. Both sides of human nature, however, are tied to our biology. But I also write on trips if I have a few hours alone in a hotel, and one entire chapter of Our Inner Ape was written in my favorite city, Paris, alternated with inspirational strolls in a nearby park.

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The small, very human stories about specific apes really helped paint a good, natural picture of how alike we are to our cousins. The second story, on the other end of the spectrum, of an alliance between a young upstart male chimp and an older calculating male murdering the current leader of a captive group, going so far as to squeeze this leader’s testicles from his body shows the primate drive for power and the aps to use violence to achieve that power.


Through a series of clearly organized chapters, De Waal compares how chimps and bonobos fall on a continuum of different traits including power, sex, violence, and kindness. Think Like a Freak. We are “bipolar apes,” de Waal says, as much like bonobos as like chimps. May 05, Amy rated it it was ok. What if our behavior actually makes us apes? All in all, I appreciated the author’s enthusiasm ibner interest, and it rubbed off on me somewhat, but I think it’s just a fairly decent book with a seed for a different and spectacular book in it.

He just seems to have a feeling and know. H Is for Hawk. It’s free and yours to keep. From one topic follows another, and before you know it I have a dozen pages filled with stories and thoughts. Frans de Waal, expert is primatology, explains to the reader why mankind should shift uor egocentric, chauvinistic views to focus on a more fair, compared analysis of Homo Sapiens.

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 and our closest primate relatives, chimpanzees and bonobos, and the evolutionary cause of these similarities.

He demonstrated that most of our ideas of goodness inned in our older genetic neighbors innwr that goodness is more natural than we often give it credit. Man seems to be the best and worst of both.

Our Inner Ape

Thirty years ago, under the influence uor Konrad Lorenz and Robert Ardrey, animal behaviourists saw something they called “the killer ape”. When I wrote Chimpanzee Politicsfor example, I just assumed that readers would see the link with human behavior. I mean the chimps we Dr. Waal compares human behavior to the apes he has studied.

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They are generally less aggressive than chimps and their societies are female dominated also far more gender unequal than those of chimps. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The author is keen on presenting facts and theories to make me realize that i am not distinct. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Wzal make the human connection explicit I relied on what I learn from newspapers, Time and Newsweekthe internet, and so on.


The mayfly spends two years underwater in larva stage, then she develops wings just for 24 hours. Frans de Waal’s willingness to explore bonobo sexuality inndr Diamond’s “The Third Chimpanzee” seem prudish.

Frans de Waal writes plainly with many amusing personal anecdotes about both his life and more often about the primates that he has known. They share food, form alliances, play power games and indulge in sex for political and social advantage wala well as for promiscuous gratification. De Waal shows the range of human behavior through his study of chimpanzees and bonobos, drawing from their personalities, relationships, power struggles, and high jinks important insights about our human behavior.

Refresh and try again. I find it telling that behavior-wise humans are in the middle of the behavior of the aforementioned apes. He speculates how our df of ourselves would be different if we had discovered the bonobo before we became acquainted with the chimpanzee. I have written both Chimpanzee Politics on the Machiavellian tendencies of male chimpanzees and Bonobo: When a book adds to my knowledge and propels me forward it deserves 5 stars.

Overall the perspective in this book is fresh and very interesting at least to a layman like me. After all, we share them with another primate: