Ape and the Sushi Master: Reflections of a Primatologist / Edition 1

Ape and the Sushi Master: Reflections of a Primatologist / Edition 1

by Franz De Waal
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0465041760

ISBN-13: 9780465041763

Pub. Date: 12/28/2001

Publisher: Basic Books


What if apes had their own culture rather than an imposed human version? What if they reacted to situations with behavior learned through observation of their elders (culture) rather than with pure genetically coded instinct (nature)? In answering these questions, eminent primatologist Frans de Waal corrects our arrogant assumption that humans are the only

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What if apes had their own culture rather than an imposed human version? What if they reacted to situations with behavior learned through observation of their elders (culture) rather than with pure genetically coded instinct (nature)? In answering these questions, eminent primatologist Frans de Waal corrects our arrogant assumption that humans are the only creatures to have made the leap from the natural to the cultural domain.The book's title derives from an analogy de Waal draws between the way behavior is transmitted in ape society and the way sushi-making skills are passed down from sushi master to apprentice. Like the apprentice, young apes watch their group mates at close range, absorbing the methods and lessons of each of their elders' actions. Responses long thought to be instinctive are actually learned behavior, de Waal argues, and constitute ape culture.A delightful mix of intriguing anecdote, rigorous clinical study, adventurous field work, and fascinating speculation, The Ape and the Sushi Master shows that apes are not human caricatures but members of our extended family with their own resourcefulness and dignity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465041763
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
12/28/2001
Edition description:
First Paperback Edition
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
442,649
Product dimensions:
5.33(w) x 7.95(h) x 1.18(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Apes' Tea Party1
Section 1Cultural Glasses: The Way We See Other Animals35
1The Whole Animal: Childhood Talismans and Excessive Fear of Anthropomorphism37
2The Fate of Gurus: When Silverbacks Become Stumbling Blocks85
3Bonobos and Fig Leaves: Primate Hippies in a Puritan Landscape127
4Animal Art: Would You Hang a Congo on the Wall?149
Section 2What Is Culture, and Does It Exist in Nature?177
5Predicting Mount Fuji, and a Visit to Koshima, Where the Monkeys Salt Their Potatoes179
6The Last Rubicon: Can Other Animals Have Culture?213
7The Nutcracker Suite: Reliance on Culture in Nature239
8Cultural Naturals: Tea and Tibetan Macaques273
Section 3Human Nature: The Way We See Ourselves295
9Apes with Self-Esteem: Abraham Maslow and the Taboo on Power297
10Survival of the Kindest: Of Selfish Genes and Unselfish Dogs315
11Down with Dualism! Two Millennia of Debate About Human Goodness337
Epilogue: The Squirrel's Jump359
Notes365
Bibliography389
Acknowledgments407
Index411

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