- Mass Market Paperback: 244 pages
- Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell; Book Club edition (April 1, 1977)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553102974
- ISBN-13: 978-0553102970
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,728,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hunting Hypothesis: A personal conclusion concerning the evolutionary nature of man Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 1977
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Unfortunately I only discovered them within the last six or seven years. At various times, when they were published, two or three of them were best sellers... but I guess I was busy with something a lot less important.
His writing is the very best I have run into in this field and has made reading, and rereading, them a literary pleasure in addition to explaining a lot about why I do what I do, and why history is the way it is.
Read this book. If you do I hope you are as pleased as I have been.
While this makes his books excellent reading, and, as one reviewer put it, an actual pleasure, it does bring the possibility that he could over-write an issue, making it more plausible than it ought to be.
He has fully educated himself in the subject matter, so he is a well-informed science writer and not a generalist taking a shot at an interesting area of thought.
The hunting hypothesis begins with the assertion that we as a race have spent 95% or our time on this earth as hunters and that this must have had an effect. Depending on how you classify pre-homo sap humans, the number could be north of 99%.
This line of thinking can be called "evolutionary psychology" or or "ev-psych", which is despised by, among others, many feminists. Liberals who would never consider themselves creationists insist that a million years of environmental pressure can have no impact at all on behavioral propensities. If it did, there could be no reason to blame the patriarchy, western civ, capitalism, or any other of their usual scapegoats. And no prospect of learning our way out of one or another set of problems. We're stuck.
"African Genesis", whose primary assertion, that we are born to the weapon and to conflict, depends in part on a sequence of pre-human types. Some of the sequences have been reorganized by subsequent discoveries and so the logic of the theory called into question. Still, "African Genesis" has a great deal to recommend it. This is not to say the new sequence of one hominid supplanting or following another ruins Ardrey's theory, but that his theory must be applied with the new sequence (new for now) to see if it still works. Which, I expect, nobody is interesting in doing.
If you are interested in reading a well-written, clear, well-supported idea for the basis of some of our human institutions and behaviors, this book is worth reading. You may not agree, but it will be a useful exercise to dispute it.
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A little dated, but most of the information is still relevant. Good read.Published 3 months ago by Bobby Don Johnson
So interesting. I save the fifth star for Latin American literature, but this book is a must read for anyone curious about our originsPublished 22 months ago by consuelo edwards
When you are wondering why man is doing the crazy things he is doing, and you think he's run amok, this gives the insight to the animal he is and that he has run amok.Published on July 19, 2013 by Snowy