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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We human beings share 98 percent of our genes with chimpanzees. Yet humans are the dominant species on the planet – having founded civilizations and religions, developed intricate and diverse forms of communication, learned science, built cities, and created breathtaking works of art – while chimps remain animals concerned primarily with the basic necessities of survival.

What is it about that two percent difference in DNA that has created such a divergence between evolutionary cousins? In this fascinating, provocative, passionate, funny, endlessly entertaining work, renowned Pulitzer Prize-winning author and scientist Jared Diamond explores how the extraordinary human animal, in a remarkably short time, developed the capacity to rule the world Sold and delivered by Audible, an Amazon company.

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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Goes quickly, each chapter is like a short story. Great if you are interested in the origins of human life and what it is that makes us human.


Early in the book, Diamond makes an argument as to why humans and neanderthals could not have interbred. However, since this book was written ‘sDNA evidence has proven that humans did chimpahzee with neanderthals. Upon comparison, chimpanaee differences appear to be quite minimal; the general thrust is identical. Nothing about this relationship is mentioned at the Jared Diamond page either.

Jared Jwred is a rare beast. He is an unabashed liberal but he transcends that and is as honest a scholar as one can find. He follows wherever the evidence leads him and reports it forthrightly. I do not think he has made the case for all of these themes but this is perhaps the best book of one of the most brilliant scholars of the human condition. How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. I have to say undoubtedly yes. This book, like the more recent ones, proposes answers to some of the biggest questions thlrd humanity.

The book covers everything from human language, sexuality, drinking, agriculture, and geopolitics through the analytical lens of evolutionary science. Thus, Diamond finds more interesting and probably accurate answers than those of philosophers, anthropologists, and political scientists addressing those same questions.

Another benefit of this book is that it is actually broader in scope than Diamond’s more recent books. However, the first half of the book, deals with different topics, from evolutionary explanations for alcoholism to why humans have sex in private.

This addition of the book also includes a useful postscript which addresses diamohd of the advances in our understanding of these topics since the book was first written.

It is obvious from reading this book that the professor has accumulated a great deal of knowledge from various sources including his jarex field experiences in places such as Papua New Guinea. The Further Readings section of the book also testifies to this fact. Jared Diamond has put diamon this accumulated knowledge to use in formulating the theories he has put forth in this book. Part one traces the development of this “species of big mammal” through its evolutionary history.

He devotes a chapter jaredd the Great Leap Forward -a topic of great interest to me. A number of things that profoundly affected the human species reputedly occurred during this interesting period.

Part two discusses human sexuality, adultery, mate selection, and growing old. In many of the discussions throughout the book, an attempt is made to relate human behavior with some similar behavior found in the animal world. As stated in the book “parts one and two discussed the biological foundations of our unique cultural traits. Here he discusses the bridge or gulf, however you wish to view it, between language of humans and the ways in which animals communicate.


He follows this with an interesting discussion of the development of language in human society.

The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal by Jared Diamond

viamond There is an attempt to relate human art to some animal precursors, a discussion of the mixed blessings of agriculture as well as why we engage in harmful practices. In part four we learn about the effects of geography on civilization, the Proto-Indo-European language PIE and development of the Indo-European language, the “linguistic steamroller,” and genocide – an attribute notably ascribed to humans.

Part five finally elaborates on the “Golden Age that never was” referring to the fact that “preindustrial societies have been exterminating species, destroying of habitats, and undermining their own existence for thousands of years. There is a chapter on early life in the New World – the Americas, and finally, some thoughts on how the human species now has the capability of destroying not only themselves but even the planet.

I rate this book highly based on the detailed and through coverage Jared Diamond has given to the subject matters involved.

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