Re: Beyond The Naked Ape

Richard Cowan (
Wed, 22 Jan 1997 21:49:17 GMT

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

Have a look at "The Third Chimpanzee" by Jared Diamond, an updated
view of the subject matter.

>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