The Third Chimpanzee has ratings and reviews. Chuck said: Another great book from Jared Diamond. I found this to be just as engaging as Guns. Diamond, Jared. The rise and fall of the third chimpanzee. I. Title. ISBN 0- Photoset by Speedset Ltd, Ellesmere Port. Printed and bound in. The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal, published in , was the first of my six books written for the general public. I look back.

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THe Third Chimpanzee: the evolution and future of the human animal

In answering these questions, Diamond a professor in the fields of physiology and geography applies a variety of biological and anthropological arguments to reject traditional hegemonic views that the dominant peoples came from “superior” genetic stock and argues instead tihrd those peoples who came to dominate others did so because of advantages found in their local environment which allowed them jaared develop larger populations, wider immunities to disease, and superior technologies for agriculture and warfare.

The elite became healthier, but at the expense of the majority who became worse off. As it turned out, writing The Third Chimpanzee defined a crossroads in my life: Nov 24, Victor rated it liked it Shelves: It is a fundamental truism, of logic more than of genetics, that the phenotypic ‘effect’ of a gene is a concept that has meaning only if the context of environmental influences is specified, environment being understood to include all the other genes in the genome.

Instead of being elated by this unexpected good fortune, I found myself depressed for the only time in my life. Primitive people make great facebook photo albums. And honestly, if he’s half-right about half the issues he takes on, it’s still an impressive effort.


Here are my favorite bullet points from The Third Chimpanzee. This Leap is likely the bridge in our evolution to human language for which, due to its nature, archaeological evidence is very difficult chimpanzeee find and age. May 19, SJ Loria rated it it was ok.

One thing that stands out from this book is that chimpanze large part of our progress was heavily dependant on the environment and our genes. My problem with this book, besides the fact that I’d read some of it before, was that while most of his arguments were interesting, some weren’t convincing. Retrieved chimpanzee ” https: It was a revelation to see how the modern plagues of society, xenophobia, thifd, environmental destruction, etc.

It was the worst when he used Zahavi’s handicap principle to explain drug addictions of people. Diamond wants us to think of ourselves based on our real behavior and the consequences to be expected from it, not upon lofty mythological tales of what it is to be a human with a jqred sanction to do as we please. We should pay attention to everything he has to say. On the other hand, eyes and flight evolved multiple times independently.

A new edition released in adds a section summarizing some of those exciting discoveries, which enrich without fundamentally overturning our understanding that I originally presented.

Who we are, and how we came to be this way – drawing on a host of parallels from the animal kingdom: Other animals are intelligent but lack the physical apparatus to speak as we do.

The process of first contact between differing civilizations is examined through the descriptions of Papua New Guinea chkmpanzee, who were first visited half a century back.

This book was written before that one and you can tell that Jared Diamond becomes a more polished and focused writer. If you’ve read Guns, Germs and Steel or Collapse you know eiamond to expect from Jared Diamond- a blizzard of fascinating chimpznzee, insights and theories that will spark tens of conversations among your like minded friends and colleagues. One of the chapters is about the most debated question of chhimpanzee linguistics: Still, it sets the stage for Diamond’s later works including Collapse which I still haven’t read.


The original title of the book in its initial publication was The Rise and Fall of the Third Chimpanzee: He also pulls no punches; he seems to have a very realistic view of humanity, good and bad.

You also learn of the common human socia Were you a visitor to Earth from outer space, you’d want a handbook about the dominant kind of life on the planet. Diamond weaves his own experiences working with remote tribes in Papua New Guinea into the narrative and I that found this aspect of his storytelling balances jarfd more fact heavy sections well.

The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal

He is quick to point out inconsistencies, discrimination and arrogance, including his own. While I’m picking knits, he claims that the ancient practice of taking an alcoholic beverage as enema would bypass the liver. At points, the author stepped outside of his area of expertise to strengthen his argument via other disciplines.

The evolutionary reasoning is htird I admire the approach and feel it’s best to cover one subject through as many routes of knowledge as possible. Why do men and women differ in their interests in and motives for extramarital sex and other behaviors related to sex and reproduction?

Published January 3rd by Harper Perennial first published May 2nd Part three extends the effects of sexual selection into language, art, hunting and agriculture, through the idea of honest signaling – sexual signals that also cost the signer.