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  • Taschenbuch: 432 Seiten
  • Verlag: Harper Perennial (3. Januar 2006)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0060845503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060845506
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,5 x 2,5 x 20,3 cm
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Jared Diamond states the theme of his book up-front: "How the human species changed, within a short time, from just another species of big mammal to a world conqueror; and how we acquired the capacity to reverse all that progress overnight." The Third Chimpanzee is, in many ways, a prequel to Diamond's prize-winning Guns, Germs, and Steel. While Guns examines "the fates of human societies," this work surveys the longer sweep of human evolution, from our origin as just another chimpanzee a few million years ago. Diamond writes:

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 -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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Jared Diamond is the author of the bestselling Collapse and Guns, Germs, and Steel. A professor of geography at the University of California, Los Angeles, he has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. He is a MacArthur Fellow and was awarded the National Medal of Science.


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5 von 5 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Amazon Customer am 28. November 2003
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This book is excellent in describing the evolution of mankind and all its "unique" characteristics. It highlights the animal precursors of human speech, culture, sexual behavior, warfare etc. This presents a new perspective to me which is neglected in school or in education in general, e.g. the chapter about sexual behavior offers telling insights in the evolutionary mechanisms underlying it. Its especially noteworthy that Diamond does not pass over the evil aspects of human nature like warfare and genocide. He does away with the myth of benign and peaceful nature. Knowing ourselves and accepting our weaknesses is prerequisite for establishing a better future - this book helped me understand better.
The only catch is that some of the ideas repeat itself in Diamonds other book: Guns, germs, and steel.
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 15. Juli 1998
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While in Australia working as an engineer, I read his book, and found much validity in the author's claims/conjectures all around me. Australia seemed to be quite a suitable laboratory for proving/disproving the claims made by Mr. Diamond. Australia's continental isolation makes it a kind of Pitcairn Island for human evolution. Darwin would probably have agreed somewhat with that statement--during the early times of the (re)"settlement" of Australia by the Europeans.
Let's get to one of the more interesting chapters.
Denial of Genocide:
Mr. Diamond had a chapter which concerned itself with our persistent ability to deny the past occurrance of genocide in the World. This chapter offers up interesting examples of our genocidal past. I was able to validate Mr. Diamond's claim here when I telephoned a woman mentioned in this chapter of his book. The woman lived in Sydney, and had written a graduate thesis (really!) which refuted the claim that abori! ! ginal Tasmanians were systematically eliminated when the Europeans resettled that land. Her paper was even published in a respected Australian Journal! Makes you wonder if just getting a high school education there is considered an act of genius..... Anyway, this woman is held up as a prime example of somenone who cannot live with her genocidal past, and therefore, vehemently denys it. I truly wished I had tape-recorded the conversation for the rest of the World to hear. Mr. Diamond would probably have enjoyed hearing it as well. Anyway, this woman attempts to convince her readers that no Ozzie settlers EVER committed any act of genocide against an Aborigine in Australia (including Tasmania). I told her that she was named in Mr. Diamond's book as a prime example of a person/culture in genocidal denial.
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Diamond carefully carves through the history that has separated humans from their non-human relatives. Diamond examines the physical and psychological traits of man and primate that appear to evovle from a common source. This thought provoking analysis will leave you forever contemplating man's relationship with the natural world.
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Jim T in CT am 24. Januar 2000
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Perused this book while shopping in a "brick & mortar bookstore. Having read Guns, Germs & Steel I was familiar with the author's strength - intelligent discourse in a very readable style. The Third Chimpanzee, like GG&S, requires some involvement on the part of the reader. About 70% of the time I felt like I was learning something new and the other 30% my brain was comparing Diamond's thoughts to personal experiences and formulating new perspectives. The topics, which could easily be boring are made interesting by Diamond's frequent linkages to modern reference points. The book's chapters do not need to be read in order and in fact many were published as stand alone articles in Discover and Natural History Magazines. (This may be the secret to their readability.) Diamond does weave a progressive story through the book which culminates in a very thought provoking last chapter. I finished the book thinking, "so what am I going to do about these issues". The reader participation doesn't stop at the end of the book. Two weeks later and it's still percolating in my mind.
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"The Third Chimpanzee," by Jared Diamond, is a fascinating study on how humans evolved, how seperate they are from other animals, and if anything can be done to stop the global destruction they are causing today. Much of the text of this book illustrates just how much human behavior is controlled by genes; many of the behaviors which are regarded as immoral (adultery, for instance) are shown to give the person who behaves in this manner an evolutionary advantage. Partnered with describing how much of human behavior is genetically controlled is a clear, well documented argument that humans and their unique behavior (specifically culture) are not so unique in the animal kingdom. Almost every form of "unique" human behaviors, ranging from art to language to genocide, have been observed in other species of animals. Diamond makes the point that it is known that these behaviors are not unique to humans; humans just practice these behaviors to a greater degree than most other animal species. Diamond also traces the beginnings of the environmental problems that humans are facing today to the cro-magnon period of human history. Diamond makes the point that many of the large species of mammals, such as the wooly mammoth, were not killed off by the ice age. Rather, the mammoths were driven to extinction by early human hunting parties. Diamond points out with frightening clarity that environmental destruction is part of our evolutionary history based on our genes, a history which is still influencing us today. Finally, Diamond gives some thought to what can be done to reverse humanity's penchant for environmental destruction, and most importantly, if it is too late to save the earth. This book is thought-provoking, scientifically sound, and articulate, and a joy to read.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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