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 alternate Paperback edition.
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 22 days ago by NJ
Very interesting book. However, been a psychology student, and, with all the knowledge we have about reward systems in the brain, I just couldn't buy the author's theory on why we... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Carlos Santana
This is quite frankly one of my favorite books of all time, a must read. I bought this book originally about a decade ago, back when I was a student of sociology and psychology. Read morePublished 1 month ago by mr. big
Excellent easy read that explains how the natural world involving humans works. Explains a lot. Should be required reading somewhere.Published 1 month ago by cara michaels
This is scholarship material, as are all of Diamond's books. Maybe not what you read on the beach on a summer afternoon. (But you can, of course! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joel M. Wilson
If you love this author, you'll love this book as you did the rest. If you don't know Jared Diamond...quick intro. Read morePublished 2 months ago by MATT
A very important piece of work that helps us understand a bit more about ourselves and what it means to be human.Published 3 months ago by Luis Ortiz
of three Jared Diamond's books and they all in some fashion repeat themselves. This was the most entertaining of the three.Published 3 months ago by D. Vick