An excellent introduction to the world of animal exploitation and abuse, and how to stop participating in it. Don't ask a vegan to explain all of his...moreAn excellent introduction to the world of animal exploitation and abuse, and how to stop participating in it. Don't ask a vegan to explain all of his or her reasons for their chosen lifestyle; read this book and see for yourself.(less)
To parallel this in modern time, I need to think of a commonly held belief about which common sense should tell us otherwise. Maybe patriotism/warfare...moreTo parallel this in modern time, I need to think of a commonly held belief about which common sense should tell us otherwise. Maybe patriotism/warfare, or something along those lines. Harlow's time saw a rise in the popularity of reducing affection (love) towards babies to avoid passing on disease. Folks had just started becoming aware of these things called germs, you see, and so became germphobic (though I do not know from reading this exactly how widespread this was).
The end notes to this interesting and very readable graphic short story (too short to be a novel) states that while the experiments caused permanent damage to the baby monkeys and therefore nobody will be redoing these experiments, we can thank Harlow for knowing that love is a scientific reality and necessity. But as a critical thinker, I need a bit more than that. A lot more than that. Yes, I already know that love is a reality, whether or not we can prove it scientifically. I question that these experiments were truly necessary, and I want to know how these experiments changed culture, affected society. Other questions are raised in my mind: in particular, in this case, compassion and science are in a very strange and cruel relationship here. This book acknowledges this but does not explore it. It is an introduction, and makes the grave error of drawing a conclusion without presenting facts or argumentation, philosophical, scientific, or otherwise.(less)