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Desmond Morris ✓ 1 REVIEW REVIEW ´ The Naked Ape A Zoologist's Study of the Human Animal El mono desnudo es un libro de divulgación científica publicado en 1967 por el zoólogo y etólogo británico Desmond Morris ue estudia las características animales ue hacen peculiar a la esp. Morris makes a great song and dance about the outrage with which his book was first received Why are people so resistant to contemplating in the cool light of scientific objectivity their animal nature he asks However Morris claim to neutrality is highly suspect he urges us to learn from and accept the picture he presents of human beings sayinghomo sapiens has remained a naked ape in acuiring lofty new motives he has lost none of the earthy old ones This is freuently a cause of embarrassment to him but his old impulses have been with him for millions of years his new ones only a few thousand at the most and there is no hope of shrugging off the accumulated genetic legacy of his evolutionary past He would be a far less worried and fulfilled animal if he would face up to this factHe contrasts the biological view with that of anthropologists whose methods he treats with derision since they have tended to give attention to exceptional often fairly isolated societies His comments on this subject are not encouragingThe simple tribal groups that are living today are not primitive they are stultified the naked ape is essentially an exploratory species and any society that has failed to advance has in some sense failedThis amounts to a ringing endorsement for imperialist appropriation and hegemony He compares such biological failures with the ordinary successful members of the major cultures As well as anthropologists he has issues with psychologists who have laudably stuck to mainstream specimens but these have unfortunately been aberrant or failed in some respect he uotes an unnamed practitioner from the field in uestion approvingly We have tackled the abnormals and we are only now beginning a little late in the day to concentrate on the normals Apparently this horrifically ableist language is unproblematic because we are dealing with the human animal as a mere meaty hunk of biological data here not with personhoodAs usual my heckles are raised by the use of the male pronoun for humans in general and I usually try hard to make allowances for old fashioned conventions here but in this case he is indicative of Morris stance His naked ape is a male and his lifestyle is characteristic of the species and shaped its evolution He describes how males became hunters and thus developed sophisticated cooperative communicative and planning skills There must be something missing from this picture as female humans have eually well developed abilities in these areas and they are strictly excluded from hunting in Morris account Perhaps child rearing which they are credited with made eual demands but in that case why is hunting the primary influence rather than infantilism and childcareOn the fascinating subject of how homo sapiens became hairless I prefer this description to Morris term naked which he claims is neutral but obviously connotes clothing he outlines various theories I m most interested in the auatic ape hypothesis and keen to read about it next but Morris favours a hunting related hypothesis which leaves the hairlessness of female humans unexplained Morris fondness for hunting is much in evidence in the lack of mention afforded to the food gathering practices of our probably mainly female ancestors description of carnivores vs omnivorous primates his derision for vegetarians and most importantly in his description of work as the direct modern analogue of hunting Thus women ought not to workhunt their biologically correct place is at home caring for the young All male clubs and sporting activities are obvious extensions of the need to hunt I m grateful to Morris for thereby explaining why women have no interest in sports athletic pursuits or group socialising activitiesThis book apparently caused much offence with its frank descriptions of sexual activity Morris admits these are based on studies in North America but claims this is fine because that culture is biologically large and successful and therefore representative of the naked ape in general Morris account of intercourse is clinical and anyone hoping for stimulation had much better check out the erotica section Most novels are far sexier and infinitely enjoyable on every other level too What offends me is his unabashedly homophobic stance He explains homosexual behaviour which must be normal since all mammals engage in it as adolescent exploration and an inevitable conseuence of young people spending time in unisexual groups such as boys schools but long term homosexuality is an aberrant fixation Grudgingly he admits that permanent homosexuals are valuable non contributors in the present context of the current population explosion which he regards as a serious coming crisis so yeah a Malthusian tooThese regressive views on sexuality were commonplace when Morris wrote the book in 1967 but when he was invited to update it in 1994 he saw no reason to change anything but the figure he originally gave for the size of the population Man s sic essential biological nature can change only over evolutionary time scales he might say And there s the rub Morris is an essentialist for whom biology is destiny However hard we try to twist and distort our true nature we will keep returning to the animal truthThis position has generally been rejected by philosophers and social scientists with good reason Since zoology is a field of study undertaken by socialised humans its premises are culturally constructed and determined I am not trying to deny physical reality or suggest that nothing can be learned from research but we can t seriously talk about facts isolated from culture as Morris tries to do The simple example of his account of taste sensation is instructive He repeats the fact that we detect four tastes and the fact that different parts of the tongue are sensitive to each of them Both of these facts are wrong they are mistaken interpretations which other cultures have not shared This reminds me of a lecture I once heard in which we were asked to state the number of our senses Pliny said five and it s become a cultural commonplace but that s all it is Consider the sense of touch in our five sense framing made to cover hotcold pain proprioception and contact detectionMorris says that as his book is intended for popular consumption it would be silly to include references Except on the rare occasions when he actually indicates that research has shown etc I have to assume that this book is educated speculation His procedure is to reverse engineer primitive humans based on a white male North American interpretation of what is observed in the species today supplementing this with our knowledge of prehistoric environmental conditions the famously patchy fossil record and comparisons with primates and predators And why not The effort is worthy and the results interesting though I believe they have been much contested since first published Where Morris oversteps the mark is in attempting to apply his picture of our ancestors gained from studying modern humans to show us modern humans where we are going wrong Call me culturally indoctrinated Morris but I think that s called circular reasoningMorris claims that he wants us to embrace our biological nature and poses the zoological perspective as ideologically neutral but it s obvious that as well as homophobia misogyny and racist imperialism this book is drenched in the ideology of biological morality the agenda of the gene My genes regard me as an instrument for their replication and everything else I do and feel and think is irrelevant to them Their motive is identical to the motive of a virus My glorious birthright as a human being is the ability to choose otherwise Microsoft Access 2016 Intermediate Quick Reference Guide - Windows Version (Cheat Sheet of Instructions, Tips & Shortcuts - Laminated Card) zoólogo y etólogo británico Desmond Morris ue estudia las características animales ue hacen peculiar a la esp. Morris makes a great song and dance about the outrage with which his book was first received Why are people so resistant to contemplating in the cool light of scientific objectivity their animal nature he asks However Morris claim to neutrality is highly suspect he urges us to learn from and accept the picture he presents of human beings sayinghomo sapiens has remained a naked ape in acuiring lofty new motives he has lost none of the earthy old ones This is freuently a cause of embarrassment to him but his old impulses have been with him for millions of years his new ones only a few thousand at the most and there is no hope of shrugging off the accumulated genetic legacy of his evolutionary past He would be a far less worried and fulfilled animal if he would face up to this factHe contrasts the biological view with that of anthropologists whose methods he treats with derision since they have tended to give attention to exceptional often fairly isolated societies His comments on this subject are not encouragingThe simple tribal groups that are living today are not primitive they are stultified the naked ape is essentially an exploratory species and any society that has failed to advance has in some sense failedThis amounts to a ringing endorsement for imperialist appropriation and hegemony He compares such biological failures with the ordinary successful members of the major cultures As well as anthropologists he has issues with psychologists who have laudably stuck to mainstream specimens but these have unfortunately been aberrant or failed in some respect he uotes an unnamed practitioner from the field in uestion approvingly We have tackled the abnormals and we are only now beginning a little late in the day to concentrate on the normals Apparently this horrifically ableist language is unproblematic because we are dealing with the human animal as a mere meaty hunk of biological data here not with personhoodAs usual my heckles are raised by the use of the male pronoun for humans in general and I usually try hard to make allowances for old fashioned conventions here but in this case he is indicative of Morris stance His naked ape is a male and his lifestyle is characteristic of the species and shaped its evolution He describes how males became hunters and thus developed sophisticated cooperative communicative and planning skills There must be something missing from this picture as female humans have eually well developed abilities in these areas and they are strictly excluded from hunting in Morris account Perhaps child rearing which they are credited with made eual demands but in that case why is hunting the primary influence rather than infantilism and childcareOn the fascinating subject of how homo sapiens became hairless I prefer this description to Morris term naked which he claims is neutral but obviously connotes clothing he outlines various theories I m most interested in the auatic ape hypothesis and keen to read about it next but Morris favours a hunting related hypothesis which leaves the hairlessness of female humans unexplained Morris fondness for hunting is much in evidence in the lack of mention afforded to the food gathering practices of our probably mainly female ancestors description of carnivores vs omnivorous primates his derision for vegetarians and most importantly in his description of work as the direct modern analogue of hunting Thus women ought not to workhunt their biologically correct place is at home caring for the young All male clubs and sporting activities are obvious extensions of the need to hunt I m grateful to Morris for thereby explaining why women have no interest in sports athletic pursuits or group socialising activitiesThis book apparently caused much offence with its frank descriptions of sexual activity Morris admits these are based on studies in North America but claims this is fine because that culture is biologically large and successful and therefore representative of the naked ape in general Morris account of intercourse is clinical and anyone hoping for stimulation had much better check out the erotica section Most novels are far sexier and infinitely enjoyable on every other level too What offends me is his unabashedly homophobic stance He explains homosexual behaviour which must be normal since all mammals engage in it as adolescent exploration and an inevitable conseuence of young people spending time in unisexual groups such as boys schools but long term homosexuality is an aberrant fixation Grudgingly he admits that permanent homosexuals are valuable non contributors in the present context of the current population explosion which he regards as a serious coming crisis so yeah a Malthusian tooThese regressive views on sexuality were commonplace when Morris wrote the book in 1967 but when he was invited to update it in 1994 he saw no reason to change anything but the figure he originally gave for the size of the population Man s sic essential biological nature can change only over evolutionary time scales he might say And there s the rub Morris is an essentialist for whom biology is destiny However hard we try to twist and distort our true nature we will keep returning to the animal truthThis position has generally been rejected by philosophers and social scientists with good reason Since The Painted Art Journal: 24 Projects for Creating Your Visual Narrative zoology is a field of study undertaken by socialised humans its premises are culturally constructed and determined I am not trying to deny physical reality or suggest that nothing can be learned from research but we can t seriously talk about facts isolated from culture as Morris tries to do The simple example of his account of taste sensation is instructive He repeats the fact that we detect four tastes and the fact that different parts of the tongue are sensitive to each of them Both of these facts are wrong they are mistaken interpretations which other cultures have not shared This reminds me of a lecture I once heard in which we were asked to state the number of our senses Pliny said five and it s become a cultural commonplace but that s all it is Consider the sense of touch in our five sense framing made to cover hotcold pain proprioception and contact detectionMorris says that as his book is intended for popular consumption it would be silly to include references Except on the rare occasions when he actually indicates that research has shown etc I have to assume that this book is educated speculation His procedure is to reverse engineer primitive humans based on a white male North American interpretation of what is observed in the species today supplementing this with our knowledge of prehistoric environmental conditions the famously patchy fossil record and comparisons with primates and predators And why not The effort is worthy and the results interesting though I believe they have been much contested since first published Where Morris oversteps the mark is in attempting to apply his picture of our ancestors gained from studying modern humans to show us modern humans where we are going wrong Call me culturally indoctrinated Morris but I think that s called circular reasoningMorris claims that he wants us to embrace our biological nature and poses the How to Do Everything with Photoshop CS2 eBook: Colin Smith: Amazon.fr: Amazon Media EUS.à r.l. zoological perspective as ideologically neutral but it s obvious that as well as homophobia misogyny and racist imperialism this book is drenched in the ideology of biological morality the agenda of the gene My genes regard me as an instrument for their replication and everything else I do and feel and think is irrelevant to them Their motive is identical to the motive of a virus My glorious birthright as a human being is the ability to choose otherwise

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Desmond Morris ✓ 1 REVIEW REVIEW ´ The Naked Ape A Zoologist's Study of the Human Animal Ecie humana A este libro le siguió en 1969 El zoológico humano The Human Zoo también traducido como El zoo humano en el cual examina el comportamiento humano en las ciudades comparándolo con. Reading this book again after 37 years I was pleasantly surprised at the relevant impact this book still has Perhaps reading it after nearly four decades of experience as a member of its target species points in it seemed to ring true There are probably some aspects of this book which have been called into uestion by subseuent research findings but in general the materials on the human evolutionary biology and psychology I ve read in the meantime seem to support Morris s positionsWhen first published this book was considered revolutionary because it attempted to describe the species homo sapiens from an objective zoologist s perspective The chapters on sex and rearing were shocking to some in the way they dispassionately described these aspects of human behavior There are other sections of the book however that begin to spread into the fields of sociology and psychology and therefore involve human interpretation The discussion of these topics the evolution of religion in particular is where this book has become somewhat obsolete as the recent interest in human evolution has increasingly focused on the development of vastly increased intelligence and the capacity for abstract thinking This capacity which allows empathy and the assessment of future outcomes and yet is limited in the acceptance of eventual non existence ie death has come to be seen as a major factor in human evolution though is hardly mentioned in this bookIt is still well worth reading and shook up my assumptions about human existence once again Handmade Garden Projects: Step-by-Step Instructions for Creative Garden Features, Containers, Lighting and More zoológico humano The Human Zoo también traducido como El Classic Cars Calendar 2018: 16 Month Calendar zoo humano en el cual examina el comportamiento humano en las ciudades comparándolo con. Reading this book again after 37 years I was pleasantly surprised at the relevant impact this book still has Perhaps reading it after nearly four decades of experience as a member of its target species points in it seemed to ring true There are probably some aspects of this book which have been called into uestion by subseuent research findings but in general the materials on the human evolutionary biology and psychology I ve read in the meantime seem to support Morris s positionsWhen first published this book was considered revolutionary because it attempted to describe the species homo sapiens from an objective Comic Book Lettering: The Comicraft Way zoologist s perspective The chapters on sex and rearing were shocking to some in the way they dispassionately described these aspects of human behavior There are other sections of the book however that begin to spread into the fields of sociology and psychology and therefore involve human interpretation The discussion of these topics the evolution of religion in particular is where this book has become somewhat obsolete as the recent interest in human evolution has increasingly focused on the development of vastly increased intelligence and the capacity for abstract thinking This capacity which allows empathy and the assessment of future outcomes and yet is limited in the acceptance of eventual non existence ie death has come to be seen as a major factor in human evolution though is hardly mentioned in this bookIt is still well worth reading and shook up my assumptions about human existence once again

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Desmond Morris ✓ 1 REVIEW REVIEW ´ The Naked Ape A Zoologist's Study of the Human Animal El comportamiento de los animales de los zoológicos The Naked Woman A Study of the Female Body La mujer desnuda se publicó en 2004 basado en el gran interés del autor por las ideas feminista. This book astonished people 40 years ago and inspired all that psuedo scientific men are hunters women are gatherers crap or so I m told It s aged badly The author comes across as pretty full of himself he thinks his way of analyzing human behavior from a zoological perspective raises him above bias but he s amusingly unaware of his own biases misogyny homophobia and anti psychiatry to name a fewIt s still got some interesting parts I guess but I could only make it about halfway through before I got too bored The funny thing is that I really do think he has a good point humans are animals and we should pay attention to how our animal nature motivates us and affects our behavior Wood Pallet Projects: Cool and Easy-to-Make Projects for the Home and Garden (Fox Chapel Publishing) Learn How to Upcycle Pallets to Make One-of-a-Kind Furniture & Accessories, from Boxes to a Ukulele zoológicos The Naked Woman A Study of the Female Body La mujer desnuda se publicó en 2004 basado en el gran interés del autor por las ideas feminista. This book astonished people 40 years ago and inspired all that psuedo scientific men are hunters women are gatherers crap or so I m told It s aged badly The author comes across as pretty full of himself he thinks his way of analyzing human behavior from a The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Depression, 2nd Edition: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Move Through Depression and Create a Life Worth Living zoological perspective raises him above bias but he s amusingly unaware of his own biases misogyny homophobia and anti psychiatry to name a fewIt s still got some interesting parts I guess but I could only make it about halfway through before I got too bored The funny thing is that I really do think he has a good point humans are animals and we should pay attention to how our animal nature motivates us and affects our behavior


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