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Jane Goodall: 50 Years at Gombe Hardcover – October 1, 2010
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Dr. Jane Goodall is one of the world’s most recognized scientists, the recipient of numerous awards, and a bestselling author. At age 76, Dr. Goodall spends more than 300 days of the year traveling the world, spreading her message of hope, and fundraising for her causes. She lives in Bournemouth, England. www.janegoodall.org
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Personally, I decided to purchase 'In the Shadow of Man' after reading R. Fouts's book 'Next of Kin' -- from a purely aesthetic perspective, the two were equally matched; however, on a personal (i.e. inter- and intrasubjective) level, I preferred Fouts's book. Despite this, 'In the Shadow of Man' is a text which I found to be well worth reading. Whether you are a student of theology and philosophy (like myself); ethology and biology; anthropology and sociology; or, perhaps you are simply interested in some light summer reading, the text is both personal and accessible.
Perhaps the greatest delights any reader will discover when they open this book are: the indomitable potential they themselves have bottled-up within their own heart; the profundity of insights to be gleaned from the active study of our closest living evolutionary relatives; and the power Professor Goodall's experiences have to shape and change how we humans view ourselves within such a vast and diverse cosmos as the one in which we find ourselves.
While there are numerous texts (such as the aforementioned 'Next of Kin') which tell a similar story to that of 'In the Shadow of Man', Professor Goodall's experiences, and how she shares them to this day, are imminently unique. As with those other texts, 'In the Shadow of Man', if nothing else, will serve to foster the "adequate anthropology" Pope Francis called for in his encyclical 'Laudato si' ', and thereby our species may yet learn how we are to live in the cosmos when we finally prescind from axio-ontic, and subsequent ethical, anthropocentrism.
Thank you Jane Goodall for the world you allowed all of us to be part of. The chimps' world brings us closer to understanding our own selves and the part we must play in our whole world today.