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The Human Animal: A Personal View of the Human Species [Hardcover]

Desmond Morris
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21 July 1994
Everything we do has an inborn, genetic basis, and all our activities show similarities to those of other species. Man is unique, though, in the way in which he has built on these animal patterns, exaggerating and elaborating them to an astounding degree or suppressing them with damaging consequences. Morris sets out to show that, despite our inclination to believe otherwise, human behaviour is full of animal instinct and reaction, and that whatever the species, we all share remarkable similarities. A fascinating, candid and entertaining exploration of man in the animal kingdom, this work sets out to expose our foibles and celebrate our triumphs in an attempt to understand emotion, language, social behaviour and custom. It also shows how, despite many fascinating superficial differences, every one of the 5000 million human beings alive today shares an almost identical genetic inheritance. Morris discusses the body language, gestures, facial expressions, sexual signals and the territorial instincts which, with slight variation, we all seem to share. Desmond Morris is a expert on animal and human behaviour. His television credits include presenting "Zootime", "The Animals Roadshow", and "The Animal Country". He is a bestselling author and has published numerous works, the most notable of which are: "Babywatching" (1991), "Animalwatching" (1990), "The Illustrated Naked Ape" (1986), "Bodywatching" (1985), "Manwatching" (1977), and "The Human Zoo" (1969).

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (21 July 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563370211
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563370215
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 19.3 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 281,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly interesting and entertaining. 23 July 2000
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Like other books from Desmond Morris, this is also fascinating. It is a great enjoyment to read while it gives us a lot of insights into the various aspects of human behaviour. This book is based on a TV series which is felt in the sense that it does not stop at a single issue, but insted goes on and on to cover a lot of topics. The book seems to be a kind of overview of Morris's previour publications, namely: chapter on is based on Manwatcing (body language), chapter two on The Naked Ape (evolution of our species), chapter three on The Human Zoo (urbanization), chapter four on Intimate Behaviour (intimacy), chapter five on Babywatching and The Book of Ages (the human life cycle), chapter six on The Biology of Art (art).
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5.0 out of 5 stars The behavior of man explained. It answers a lot ... 25 Aug 2014
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The behavior of man explained. It answers a lot of questions I have about how people live their lives and why they act as they do.
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There is no angels, but simple animals on Earth 17 Sep 1996

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Desmond Morris' contribution to understand some of the consequences of trying to deny our animal heritage and the duty of facing our actual identity.

Dr. Francisco Chorão (Lisbon, European Community
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