Our Inner Ape

The Best and Worst of Human Nature

Frans De Waal
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An engrossing narrative that explores what the behaviour of apes can teach us about ourselves and each other

We have long attributed man's violent, aggressive, competitive nature to his animal ancestry. But what if we are just as given to cooperation, empathy, and morality by virtue of our genes? From a scientist and writer whom E.O. Wilson has called 'the world authority on primate social behavior' comes a lively look at the most provocative aspects of human nature power, sex, violence, kindness, and morality through our two closest cousins in the ape family. For nearly 20 years, Frans de Waal has worked with both the famously aggressive chimpanzee and the lesser-known egalitarian, erotic, matriarchal bonobo, two species whose DNA is nearly identical to that of humans. He brings these apes to life on every page, revealing their personalities, relationships, and power struggles, creating an engrossing narrative that explores what their behaviour can teach us about ourselves and each other.

Author bio:

Frans de Waal, Ph.D. is a biologist and ethologist. His 5 previous books, translated into 14 languages, include The Ape and The Sushi Master, a New York Times Notable Book, and Peacemaking Among Primates. His research has been funded by NATO, the Guggenheim Foundation, and The National Geographic Society.

Category: Psychology
ISBN: 9781862078826
Edition No: 1
Publisher: Granta
Imprint: Granta Paperbacks
Pub Date: December 2006
Page Extent: 300
Format: Paperback - B format
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Subject: Psychology