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القرد العاري: دراسة في التطور العضوي والاجتماعي والجنسي للإنسان

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إني عالم بالحيوان وأقول بأن القرد العاري هو حيوان. لذا فإنه لمن العدل تجاه قلمي وتجاه نفسي أن أرفض تجنبه وذلك لأن بعضاً من سلوكياته معقدة وجديرة بالاهتمام. إن عذري في ذلك هو أن الإنسان مهما بلغ من أتساع المعرفة يبقى قرداً عارياً رغم ذلك.
Paperback, الطبعة الأولى, 210 pages
Published 1984 by دار الحوار (first published 1967)
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Zanna
Aug 20, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Morris makes a great song and dance about the 'outrage' with which his book was first received. Why are people so resistant to contemplating, in the cool light of scientific 'objectivity', their 'animal nature', he asks. However, Morris' claim to neutrality is highly suspect; he urges us to learn from and accept the picture he presents of human beings, saying
homo sapiens has remained a naked ape... in acquiring lofty new motives, he has lost none of the earthy old ones. This is frequently a
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Erik Graff
May 05, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: very old people
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sciences
This was one of the most upsetting books I have ever read. Fifteen years of age, I approached Morris with a vague, general interest in animals, i.e. zoology. His book was popular and available in the Park Ridge public library where I read it.

Fifteen and never been kissed. Well, that is not quite true. In first grade I was kissed by Lisa. That happened in her garage up Butte Lane from our house in the Meadowdale development. It was, it is unforgettable. A willowy blonde, she wore a powder blue
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Becca
Nov 20, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: smart-stuff
People are animals. Our behavior has evolutionary roots-- even many behaviors we define as cultural have their basis in our prehistoric dog-eat-dog, survival-of-the-sexiest past.
There, that's the thesis-- perfectly sound and very interesting.
The book falls apart in the details though-- sweeping generalizations and odd assumptions about sexual behavior and gender roles and cultural supremacy without any supporting proof. Just ideas and theories that seem almost comically colored by the author's
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notgettingenough
I spent a year in Marbury, a non-authoritarian school modelled on Summerhill. It was all too weird for words. Next time any of you wonder why I don't know what continent Spain is in, or why places that are further away have times that are closer or...keep in mind that my geography text book for the year was The Naked Ape.

Well, I say it was that sort of school like it's to blame for my appalling ignorance of geography. If only I'd chosen a normal school instead. But truth be told, the next year
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Ronald Wise
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book again after 37 years, I was pleasantly surprised at the relevant impact this book still has. Perhaps reading it after nearly four decades of experience as a member of its target species, more points in it seemed to ring true. There are probably some aspects of this book which have been called into question by subsequent research findings, but in general the materials on the human evolutionary biology and psychology I've read in the meantime seem to support Morris's positions.

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Facehannah
Dec 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Naked Ape is my favourite book, ever. If The Naked Ape was a person I would marry it in a heartbeat under whatever terms it wished, and I would be more than happy to give my body over to producing as many of its children as I could because a book like this deserves to bear children more than most of us do.
Desmond Morris is an Anthropologist, and the person that made me decide that I, too, would like very much to be an Anthropologist, and The Naked Ape is a study of the Human Being as an
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Matthew
Feb 10, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Desmond Morris' "The Naked Ape" is not a quality book for individuals seeking to understand the nature of modern evolutionary psychology. Morris' work is notable only for being a historical perspective into the origins of a discipline which has (since his book) taken on a dynamic and vibrant academic life. If one can manage to make it past some of the glaring errors in his work (at one point he suggests that women evolved a trait because it was evolutionarily better for men - 'Uh, Desmond? ...more
Tanja Berg
When I stumbled across this book last week and promptly down-loaded it to my kindle, I did not realize it had been first published in 1967. Some of the views are decidedly antiquated. For example that men go to work in attempt to satisfy the hunting urge together with other men, while women stay at home and take care of the children. In most of the Scandinavian countries, as large a percentage of women as men are now an active part of the work force. The superficial treatment of homosexuality ...more
reed
Mar 21, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book astonished people 40 years ago and inspired all that psuedo-scientific "men are hunters, women are gatherers" crap, or so I'm told.

It's aged badly. The author comes across as pretty full of himself -- he thinks his way of analyzing human behavior (from a zoological perspective) raises him above bias, but he's amusingly unaware of his own biases -- misogyny, homophobia, and anti-psychiatry, to name a few.

It's still got some interesting parts, I guess, but I could only make it about
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Nandakishore Varma
This is one of those iconic books which once read, are never forgotten. I think many of Morris's observations based solely on anthropology have been debunked by scientists in related fields - but after reading this book, I can see mankind only as monkeys without fur!
Julie
Aug 03, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you like your science with a heaping dose of sexism and homophobia, then this book's for you!

This book was so entirely awful that I thought less of the person who recommended it to me.

Travelin
I don't know what sort of re-packaged edition I read originally, but it was a short, coffee-table sized hardback, with full-sized, four-colour photos of women's pupils dilating. It seems men automatically find the same photo of a woman, but with larger pupils, more attractive. I thought I'd discovered a secret key to measuring womankind, in a kind of Cosmo version of The Naked Ape. A friend in school saw my book and got very excited, but the secret knowledge within, well, that was only for me.

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Ahmad Hossam
Mar 09, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I believe it would be an insult to science if I shelved this book as scientific. Simply put, it is unscientific bullshit that reads like 19th century imperialist anthropology.

Not a shred of evidence is there, except vague references to "research shows", the "fossil record proves". What these evidence are you will never now, he may as well have made them up!

Two major issues here: Mr. Morris seem to lack the basic understanding of evolution (though I'm not a big fan, I know how Darwinian evolution
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Nikki
Aug 24, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fact
I think the concept of this approach to humans as an animal like any other is a brilliant one. We are prone to thinking of ourselves as a species apart, when we're not, and even if we were, we could do with putting back in our places sometimes -- being human doesn't mean we're more worthy than any other creature, all of which have their own adaptations to deal with the environment they find themselves in. We're particularly versatile, yes, but because we evolved that way, not because of some ...more
Stephen
I would have given "The Naked Ape" a 4-star rating based on its handling of human evolution and animal behavior, unfortunately 1960's style moralizing creeped in and caused me to lower my rating to a 3. The boomer generation was really annoying in how they viewed themselves as saviors to the planet when they were really just as selfish and materialistic as their parents (and less moral and responsible). Even with those reservations, the descriptions of human and animal behavior and human ...more
Xio
Nov 02, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One doesn't pick up this sort of book looking to 'get off' but let me tell you (!) the opening chapters on sexuality are very arousing. I had to stop reading and satisfy my er, appetite several times before moving on to the next chapters. If only to stimulate yourself without anyone catching on--or while posing as erudite or whatever-- this book is terrific.

Otherwise, sure he makes many interesting points about the biological basis for certain of our human tendencies--and I appreciate his
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James Hartley
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I find this book fascinating. It seems, from reading the reviews here, that much of what Morris says is rubbish and supposition but its pretty interesting rubbish and supposition. I also think that there is something revealing and useful about just observing humans as an animal - a naked ape, as Morris has it. ...more
Brian
Feb 25, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who want to remember a time when the aquatic ape hypothesis was taken seriously
Shelves: biology, anthropology
I suppose all reviews of this book must open up with the fact that it is dated - considerably. Many of the speculations and theories put forward in the text have since fallen out of favor or been outright dismissed. But as with all science books from an older era, this is not the important part! The questions and insights raised about human nature far outweigh any omissions due to the inadequate science of the times.

What one can find fault with is several arguments and generalizations made about
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Sajith Kumar
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stephen Hawking’s ‘A Brief History of Time’ revolutionized the genre of popular science in a big way. Even though many people did not understand what was discussed in it, Time became a best seller as Hawking turned out to be a living icon of human intelligence at its best. An invalid on account of the rare motor neuron disease with which he was afflicted, the eminent scientist communicated through artificial means but carried out advanced research programs through sheer intellect and a good ...more
Derek Bridge
Feb 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The conceit of this book is to cast a zoologist's eye over the human species, reporting its behaviour as we would any other species. It can be disconcerting in places, but always interesting. The argument is that humans reveal today, irrespective of layers of reason and culture, our inherent natures as a fruit-eating, forest-dwelling social ape turned carnivorous hunter on the savanna.

On the other hand, it's not clear how much of this populist treatment is rooted in real science. All too often,
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Mostaque Ahammed
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We are very young species. We call us modern and inside us we are carrying 100 or thousand years of primitive habits with us. We've created nuclear bombs, but we can't prevent ourselves from close our eyes when a fly across our eyes. We have tremendous power and but we don't know how to use that, where to use that. We are sheep with a lion's claw. Lion knows very well the use of his dangerous claws, but sheep doesn't. He just got it overnight.

As a naked app, the nature is our very essential
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KennyO
The Naked Ape made quite a stir when it was published in 1967 but relatively little of the stir was outrage. Oh, sure, some groups declared the arrival of the Apocalypse but those tended to be people who believed that no good comes of change. Ever.

Today the outrage comes from the quarter where people believe that all books of the past should be revised to reflect today's mores. Or, more expeditiously, those books should simply be disposed of or perhaps ignored except when a target ripe for
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Ali
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Studying the nature of the human race as an anthropologist would study a group of apes is as informative as it is hysterical. And the added bonus of being written with overtones of an impending Cold War made the book even more enjoyable.
Benjamin Rubenstein
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paperback
Like "Sapiens" and "Ishmael," this book has the potential to alter your paradigm. It's written by a zoologist who isn't bashful about using his expertise to share his perspective. Which is that humans are animals. I think most people get that conceptually, but say it aloud over and over again--humans are animals--and then maybe it'll click that we're like monkeys, lions, ants, black bears, whatever. That concept clicked soon after picking up this book, and once it did I thought of our species ...more
Judyta Szaciłło
This is a fascinating read on many levels. The main topic alone - a picture of human mammals from a zoologist's point of view - is a brilliant brain excercise, and an eye-opener too. As the book was first published in the 1960s, it is also very interesting to observe how science progressed since then. Last but not least, this book provides good evidence that science - despite its ambition of objectivity - is subject to trends and fashions of its time.

This is not to say that the book is totally
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Ekta Rawat
Apr 29, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Could this author be a bigger privileged white male !
Calling tribal cultures a failure and stating North America as a success without doubt! What else was expected of a white man!

His entire narrative is centred around the 'man'! All the evolutionary aspects are discussed wrt that. Even if one fully agrees (which is not the case) to his proposition of women being the care takers and men being the hunters, why did he not explain the evolutionary consequences of the former and just focussed on
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Karen Chung
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was very aware of this book when it first came out in the sixties, but for some reason it never occurred to me to read it then - wish I had, but better late than never.

I picked it up this time after being intrigued by a BBC interview with author Desmond Morris.

The book is a bit dated in areas such as views of homosexuality and birth control - widespread access to birth control was only just getting started at the time of the book's publication - but that is only to be expected.

Morris comes up
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Yoav Ben-Moshe
I didn't agree with many of the author's speculations. I also noticed that many of his references are his own books.
Apart from these points, and the fact that it feels a bit old-fashioned in many of it's statements, there is something extremely fascinating in the approach this book has to offer.
I have learned a lot by reading it, and I have gained a huge amount of thought provoking material throughout the book.
The two longest chapters - Sex and Fighting - were the most interesting in my
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Weston
Apr 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: primates ready to be humbled
"The Naked Ape" is remarkable. It embodies precisely the type of popular-science literature I love to read: the matter-of-fact pointing out of things which, having been pointed out, seem totally obvious, as if Desmond Morris were just reciting things I already knew but hadn't gotten around to actually realizing yet. His observations run that gamut of what he terms "typical" human behavior and physiology. That is, at the time of this book's writing (as now) anthropologists and sociologists ...more
Heather McAlister
Sep 17, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Backwards, sexist, racist drivel. Written by a man obviously trying to stroke his own ego by arguing how "objectively," when you look at it from the impartial perspective of a rational (male) scientist, early hominids clearly evolved to walk upright, lose their fur, use tools, develop spoken language, etc. ALL so that males could hunt in groups like wolves or lions. Literally every physiological feature of the modern homo sapien, according to the "impartial" male Desmond Morris, was led by ...more
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Desmond John Morris is most famous for his work as a zoologist and ethologist, but is also known as a surrealist artist and author.

“I viewed my fellow man not as a fallen angel, but as a risen ape.” 42 likes
“Frequently we imagine that we are behaving in a particular way because such behaviour accords with some abstract, lofty code of moral principles, when in reality all we are doing is obeying a deeply ingrained and long ‘forgotten’ set of purely imitative impressions.” 3 likes
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