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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Secondly, he is a really annoying smart alec. The book explains what is the meaning of the sexual and natural selections in the evolutionary sense ; why the human evolution has reached today’s technological level; what are the social interactions between the primates for example, are th The book of Jared Diamond Pulitzer Prize made me think deep about Darwin’s theory of evolution and human development.

I found his outlining of the questions at least as valuable as the answers he provides. Diamond wants us to think of ourselves based on our real behavior and the consequences to be expected from it, not upon lofty mythological tales of what it is to be a human with a divine sanction to do as we please.

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

It spread largely because it could support a population density 10x of hunter-gatherers, and 10 malnourished warriors can still beat 1 healthy bushman. TriversWilson, and especially Weinrich have considered various versions of the possibility that homosexuals may, at some time in history, have been functionally equivalent to sterile workers, foregoing personal reproduction the better to care for other relatives. If you’re at all interested in evolutionary theory and our genetic proximity to our forest-dwelling relatives, you should read this book.

Does the extra length of the human penis constitute wasted protoplasm that would have been more useful if it had been invested instead in a larger brain or a sixth finger? Neanderthals, in contrast to humans, had thifd culture that did not vary from place to place or change over time.


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

Historically, Diamond argues such contacts between dia,ond differing populations have very frequently culminated in the extinction of the disadvantaged groups like many Native American tribes, the Tasmaniansetc.

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. The threat of nuclear war is in there, but Diamond accurately predicted that it would become less likely as the catastrophic consequences of environmental chimapnzee grew more visible and irreversible.

Nov 28, Boian Alexandrov rated it it was amazing Shelves: If you want to find answers for your questions like the qualitative discrepancies between human and animals, 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.

Chapter 7 – Body tge like a car. Humans crossed the latter during an opening 12, years ago.

There were two chapters which I shook my head more often than I nodded it, they covered art and astronomy. Trivia About The Third Chimpan The author fondly recalls one of his strolls through the jungle back in the good old days where he came up to a tribe banging on drums and they were so amazed to see him, a white man. It’s like their vacation from reality, and I think it’s frankly insulting to the people being photographed and studied as if they were animals.

The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal by Jared Diamond

For example, he presents multiple theories of the reason for homo sapiens concealed ovulation. The novel gives a lot of unusual but real examples, such as; animals that breed another animals; animals that make alcohol; etc.


The first two chapters of The Third Chimpanzee suggest what thirdd decisive small differences might be. See all 3 questions about The Third Chimpanzee….


This Leap is likely the bridge in our evolution to human language for which, due to its nature, archaeological evidence is very difficult to find and age.

Diamond Jared Reveals that traditional societies around the world offer an extraordinary window into how our ancestors lived for the majority of human history in evolutionary terms.

I learned some interesting statistics, but am not very inspired to continue reading Diamond. He is quick to point out inconsistencies, discrimination and arrogance, including his own. In any event, homo sapiens first emerged as homo erectus 1. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Worst of al Jared Diamond is a mostly sensible anthropologist.

You also learn of the common human socia Were you a visitor to Earth from outer space, you’d want a handbook about the dominant kind of life on tthe planet. This is extrapolated to explain the appeal of drugs.

Books by Jared Diamond. Nov 24, Victor rated it liked it Shelves: These killers persist only in societies of crowded, malnourished, sedentary people constantly reinfected by each other and by thord own sewage. How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. He uses the wood pecker to make some point about how convergent evolution may not be universal, implying that radio capable civilizations might be super duper rare.

One thing that stands out from this book is that a large part of our progress was heavily dependant on the environment and our genes. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.