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Descent of the Child: Human Evolution from a New Perspective Hardcover – 6 Oct 1994
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"It was one of the most outrageous, improbable evolutionary ideas
ever proposed... now the idea... is becoming respectable." -- 'The Observer'
"Part feminist polemic, part evolutionary bombshell." -- 'The Guardian'
"She is more scientific than Genesis, more up to date than
Darwin... and she writes better than Desmond Morris."
-- 'Sunday Telegraph'
A title which completes a sequence of works on the aquatic ape theory of evolution, looking at evolution from the child's viewpoint, from the development of the foetus and the experience of birth to child rearing and development and the role of parents.See all Product description
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Elain Morgan used a common-sense approach supported by intelligent logic and knowlege. She is the doyenne: her detractors are merely hiding their indolence and ignorance.
" Does the adult produce the child or does the child produce the adult?" This is well worth reading if you enjoyed her first book -
" The Descent of Woman." If you have not read this book, read it before you try " Descent of the Child "
this one is about how the prebirth and early monthjs of life illustrate this proposal.
We take a wrong perspective when we assume that an infant has this or that physical or mental attribute because the adult he grows into will need it. Evolution does not work this way: if there is a cost to producing a large and slow-growing but conscious infant, then adaptationist natural selection requires that the benefit is primarily to the infant and only secondarily to the adult he will become.
Why are babies born with such large brains and so much intelligence? Why is a baby's intelligence switched on so early? The reason is that infants need such attributes, not because adults will later benefit from them.
The writing is lively and fact-filled, showing Elaine Morgan's characteristic genius for finding original common sense interpretations of the facts of biology, anthropology and sociology. 'The Descent of the Child' also adds another facet to Elaine Morgan's major contribution to science, the aquatic ape theory. I highly recommend it.