Five stars because this book makes an impact.
I suspect that Gray actually dislikes humanism for its intellectual and moral force, particularly in relation to Gray's moral nihilism, not its claimed lack of force.
There are a number of odd and very interesting things in the book, but I do not think it is generally worth the effort.
John Gray's Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals is a well-written and clearly reasoned account of just what it means that human beings are animals. Read morePublished 7 days ago by W. A. Carpenter
I enjoyed reading John Gray's book and sympathize with much of his anti-humanism. The book, however, should bear a different title. Read morePublished 2 months ago by H. G. Smith
STRAW DOGS is different from most books I read in that it is a significant work that deserves a wide audience.It's relatively short and clearly written. Read morePublished 3 months ago by JAK
This book busts the myths of creationists and speciesists that suggest "humans" are somehow "exceptional". Read morePublished 6 months ago by RiverWisdom
When the philosopher John Gray looks out over the world, he sees a bloody madhouse, a hell broth of deranged magical thinking. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Richard Reese (author of Sustainable or Bust)
I divide the world into pre and post UUNIS. That is unfair of me since UUNIS is my own coin and realm, and I am here even to shape its presentation. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Xgenei
The BBC World Service program “The Age We Made” looks at humanity’s impact on the planet and presents a number of examples of how we have dramatically we may have changed it. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
John Gray seeks, in Straw Dogs, to pull the carpet out from under humanists by proving that humanity is not, in any way, different from any other animals. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jacob J. Debacher
I picked up this book with very high expectations as I sort of already agreed with the premise of it. Unfortunately, it soon started to let me down. Read morePublished 15 months ago by SacredFire