Jared Diamond, The Third ChimpanzeeJared Diamond, The Third Chimpanzee

We, humans, share 98 percent of our genes with the pygmy chimpanzee (bonobo) and the common chimpanzee. Yet, we rarely take it into consideration...

But, if we are close genetically to our primate cousins, we are also very different: the "third chimpanzee" dominates the planet, have funded cities, civilizations and religions, has developed various forms of communication, practice arts and science while other primates are primarily concerned with basic needs, survival. What is it about that two percent difference in DNA that has created such a divergence between us and our cousins?

In this book, Jared Diamond, biologist and Pulitzer Prize winning author explores how the extraordinary human animal, in a remarkably short time, developed the capacity to rule the world ... but also the means to irrevocably destroy it.

His book suggests that an acceptance of our nature traits, the good ones as well as the less good ones, and a better understanding of their evolutionary origin might help us understand the origin of the social, environmental and economic problems we face today and solve them more effectively.

 


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