Primates Archive

Reviews in the Wild: The Meaning of Human Existence

Human existence is a complicated one ranging from serving the poor and downtrodden to beheading enemies. But is there meaning it?

Short Science: Wild Chimps Learn Tool Use from Each Other

Wild chimps have been observed learning to use tools in the wild, something which had only been seen in captivity.

Reviews in the Wild: Animal Madness by Laurel Braitman

In "Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves," Laurel Braitman shows that human beings are not the only animals who struggle with mental health.

Why Art and Science are Important Partners: A Review of The Where, the Why, and the How

Both science and art explore the reality of life, and in The Where, the Why, and The How they are an energetic team that connects with the reader with every turn of the page.

3 for Thursday: 3 Examples of Bonobo Intelligence

Bonobos and humans share about 99% of their genetic material. So perhaps it should surprise us that they are so smart.

Is Human Morality Found in Our Primate History? A Review of The Bonobo and the Atheist

In "The Bonobo and the Atheist," Frans de Waal challenges religion's top-down morality and explores the similarities of humans, chimps, and bonobos.

Why A Good Future Isn’t A Sure Thing: A Review of The Sixth Extinction

The Sixth Extinction explores the tragedy of past extinctions and the reality of currently endangered species by engaging science through the approachability of story and well-placed gravity. Kolbert---winner of the National Magazine Award and a science writer for The New Yorker---is articulate and engaging, which made this book difficult to put down.

Quoted: Charles Darwin on Ignorance

“…ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.” ~ Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man
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