The sociable ape

Evolutionary psychology, feminism, and understanding
by
February 2010, no. 318

Mothers and Others: The evolutionary origins of mutual understanding by Sarah Blaffer Hrdy

Harvard University Press (InBooks), $59.95 hb, 422 pp

The sociable ape

Evolutionary psychology, feminism, and understanding
by
February 2010, no. 318

At the outset of Mothers and Others, Sarah Blaffer Hrdy poses a thought experiment. Each year 1.6 billion passengers fly around the world. We do so with remarkable ease. Just imagine, Hrdy asks, if our fellow human passengers suddenly morphed into another species of ape. We would be lucky to disembark with all ten fingers and toes still attached, or with any babies on board still alive. Bloody appendages would litter the aisles. It would be mayhem.

Michael Gilding reviews 'Mothers and Others: The evolutionary origins of mutual understanding' by Sarah Blaffer Hrdy

Mothers and Others: The evolutionary origins of mutual understanding

by Sarah Blaffer Hrdy

Harvard University Press (InBooks), $59.95 hb, 422 pp

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