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It's obvious that humans are unlike all animals. It's also obvious that we're a species of big mammal down to the minutest details of our anatomy and our molecules. That contradiction is the most fascinating feature of the human species.
The chapters in The Third Chimpanzee on the oddities of human reproductive biology were later expanded in Why Is Sex Fun? Here, they're linked to Diamond's views of human psychology and history.
Diamond is officially a physiologist at UCLA medical school, but he's also one of the best birdwatchers in the world. The current scientific consensus that "primitive" humans created ecological catastrophes in the Pacific islands, Australia, and the New World owes a great deal to his fieldwork and insight. In Diamond's view, the current global ecological crisis isn't due to modern technology per se, but to basic weaknesses in human nature. But, he says, "I'm cautiously optimistic. If we will learn from our past that I have traced, our own future may yet prove brighter than that of the other two chimpanzees." --Mary Ellen Curtin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
It's not a major Diamond, like 'Guns, Germs, and Steel', but worth it. As usual, Jared is very polite and, sometimes, oddly peculiar in some of his statements. Read morePublished 12 days ago by intrnst
I was teaching data communications about twenty five years ago and I mentioned in passing that humans and chimpanzees shared about 98% of their genes. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Patrick L. Boyle
It's good to know how wrong Jared is.
Jared Diamond's book 'The Third Chimpanzee' unequivocally states that Anatomically Modern Humans (AMH) never interbred with... Read more
This is a book about both the biological and social evolution of humanity. Diamond had a background in physiology (birds originally). Read morePublished 1 month ago by Marc Lichtman
Seminal work uniting the research of disparate fields into a comprehensive and comprehensible theoryPublished 2 months ago by Simon
Well argued and easy to understand. Makes you think. I'd give it a fifth star, except that I already agreed with the thesis.Published 2 months ago by Ron
The book is breathtaking in scope and has great nuggets of totally new information everywhere. Philosophically, it is not easy to answer how a human being is different from the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by NJ