Beyond The Naked Ape

Fernando Raimundo (
Mon, 20 Jan 1997 15:54:59 GMT


I read The Naked Ape when I was about 16, and it made a big impression on
me. Now at 33, I think the book suffers from many Morris's excesses, and
contains a lot of speculations. Still, I think the core of it has, well, a
kind of down-to-earth, simple, and irrefutable (huh...) veracity.

In certains circles, however, it appears to be considered good scientific
practice to declare any idea as nonsense, if that idea had been stated in
The Naked Ape...

Is there a reason for that? The Naked Ape itself is my only window in that
particular area; I know of no other work seriously taking on the same
subject. So are there other serious works on the same subject, no matter
what the conclusions are? Any opinions? Any comments?

Fernando Raimundo