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The author of the book: Frans de Waal
Edition: Riverhead Books
Date of issue: August 1st 2007
ISBN: 1429533501
ISBN 13: 9781429533508
Language: English
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Back in the 1980s, I took several anthropology courses at university. I emerged from them thinking that studying chimpanzees would help my understanding of humanity. In part, I was right--the missing piece to the puzzle was the bonobo (otherwise known as pygmy chimpanzee). They were not even mentioned in any class that I took at that time.

Frans de Waal is an excellent guide to the behaviour and psychology of both chimps and bonobos. He also seems to have a solid grounding in human philosophers and their theories which have shaped modern society and modern primatology. He speculates how our image of ourselves would be different if we had discovered the bonobo before we became acquainted with the chimpanzee. What if we got fixated on the species where females are the dominant gender? Where males' status is specifically tied to their mothers' status? Where having sex solves almost every problem? Instead, we studied chimps first--where the males are dominant and pretty brutal about it. Where murder happens. Where "border patrols" go out to guard territory and pummel any interlopers. And where hunting & killing of other species is a regular occurrence.

Anthropology has tended to get hung up on the violence of chimp society and ignores the behaviours that are stepping stones toward morality. There is a need in chimp society for the males to hang together or they will surely hang apart. There is cooperation, insight into the emotions and thoughts of others, and affection as well as hostility.

All three species, human, chimpanzee and bonobo are closely related genetically: 98% by all accounts. It makes sense to study both of our closest relatives to gain insights into ourselves.

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Ebook Our Inner Ape read Online! Frans de Waal has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. The author of Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?, among many other works, he is the C. H. Candler Professor in Emory University’s Psychology Department and director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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