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Our Inner Ape by Frans de Waal
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Frans de Waal is on a mission to explain our "human" nature by taking a look at our biological heritage and our closes genetic ancestors, the chimpanzee and bonobo.

By looking at how these creatures deal with power, sex, violence, and kindess, de Waals shows us the parallel between our human society with animal society. While this does a lot to explain politics, our basic impulses etc, de Waal's writing is more of an examination and less of an opinion about modern humanity. He leaves readers to draw their own conclusion about the evolution of humanity from here.

While this was an entertaining and fascinating read filled with numerous examples, I would have liked for de Waal to talk more about how knowing our inner ape can lead to a better world.
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