The Naked Ape: A Zoologist's Study of the Human Animal
"A startling view of man, stripped of the facade we try so hard to hide behind." In view of man's awesome creativity and resourcefulness, we may be inclined to regard him as descended from the angels, yet, in his brilliant study, Desmond Morris reminds us that man is relative to the apes--is in... show more
"A startling view of man, stripped of the facade we try so hard to hide behind." In view of man's awesome creativity and resourcefulness, we may be inclined to regard him as descended from the angels, yet, in his brilliant study, Desmond Morris reminds us that man is relative to the apes--is in fact, the greatest primate of all. With knowledge gleaned from primate ethnology, zoologist Morris examines sex, child-rearing, exploratory habits, fighting, feeding, and much more to establish our surprising bonds to the animal kingdom and add substance to the discussion that has provoked controversy and debate the world over. Natural History Magazine praised The Naked Ape as "stimulating . . . thought-provoking . . . [Morris] has introduced some novel and challenging ideas and speculations." "He minces no words," said Harper's. "He lets off nothing in our basic relation to the animal kingdom to which we belong. . . He is always specific, startling, but logical."
Publish date: April 13th 1999
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
Morris makes a great song and dance about the 'outrage' with which his book was first received. Why, he wonders, are people so resistant to contemplating, in the cool light of scientific 'objectivity', their 'animal nature'? However, Morris' claim to neutrality is highly suspect. He urges us to lear...
Desmond Morris's 1967 science bestseller NAKED APE deserves some credit for being ahead of its time, but 46 years later, the avalanche of more readable, and more information dense works has notably diminished its appeal. not an absolute horrible read, at the same time, the book can't be recommended ...
I don't know what sort of re-packaged edition I read originally, but it was a short, coffee-table sized hardback, with full-sized, four-colour photos of women's pupils dilating. It seems men automatically find the same photo of a woman, but with larger pupils, more attractive. I thought I'd discover...
Riveting read. Sure puts everything in perspective.
Fun to read and full of interesting speculations, but basically unscientific. I disagree with almost all of his conclusions. He tends to invent just-so stories, and then act like they're proven fact rather than what they are... interesting speculation. Still a good page turner that is a lot of go...