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The Third Chimpanzee for Young People

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The Third Chimpanzee for Young People by Jared Diamond
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Apr 08, 2014 | ISBN 9781609805227

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“This is exactly the kind of book that should be a ‘set text’ for a reinvigorated science curriculum: engaging, thought-provoking and bang up to the minute. If your teachers aren’t recommending books like this – go out and get them anyway.” —Guy Claxton, author of What’s the Point of School?

“Written with great wit and a pleasure to read … forces one to reflect thoroughly on the puzzle of human evolution, on where we came from and where we may be heading.” —Frans B. M. de Waal (in praise of the adult edition), New York Times

“Plenty of provocative ideas in this grand sweep of evolutionary biology and anthropology: not surprising for this MacArthur ‘genius’ Award winner, Natural History columnist, and UCLA Medical School physiology professor.” Kirkus Reviews (in praise of the adult edition)

Table Of Contents

Introduction: what makes us human?

part one: just another big mammal
chapter 1: a tale of three chimps
chapter 2: the great leap forward

part two: a strange life cycle 
chapter 3: human sexuality 
chapter 4: the origin of human races
chapter 5: why do we grow old and die?

part three: uniquely human 
chapter 6: the mystery of language
chapter 7: animal origins of art 
chapter 8: agriculture, for better and worse 
chapter 9: why do we smoke, drink, and use dangerous drugs? 
chapter 10: alone in a crowded universe

part four: world conquerors
chapter 11: the last first contacts
chapter 12: accidental conquerors
chapter 13: in black and white

part five: reversing our progress overnight 
chapter 14: the golden age that never was 
chapter 15: blitzkrieg and thanksgiving in the new world 
chapter 16: the second cloud 

Afterword : nothing learned, everything forgotten? 



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