Friday, March 17, 2006

The Third Chimpanzee

The Third Chimpanzee by Jared Diamond is a book I would recommend to anyone who is interested in evolutionary theory. It takes Darwin's natural selection to specifics about human mating paterns (of selection, nothing too juicy). Why are there different races on this planet and what does it really mean to be White or Black or Asian.

He also delves into the environment and our relationship to it. I may in the past have not been the best with recycling at my house, but I'm now inspired to do more. I'd write more but basically, If you liked Germs, Guns and Steel, you'll like this one.

"Creationists believe that our species had a separate origin through divine creation. Suppose, though, that we should detect on another planet a society of seven-legged creatures more intelligent and ethical than we are, and able to converse with us, but having a radio receiver and transmitter instead of eyes and a mouth. Shall we believe that these creatures (but still not chimps) share the afterlife with us, and that they too were divinely created?"

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