The Ape And The Sushi Master Book
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The Ape And The Sushi Master


  • Author : Frans De Waal
  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Release Date : 2008-08-05
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 464
  • ISBN 10 : 9780786724536

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The Ape And The Sushi Master Excerpt :

From the New York Times bestselling author of Mama's Last Hug and Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?, a provocative argument that apes have created their own distinctive cultures In The Ape and the Sushi Master, eminent primatologist Frans de Waal corrects our arrogant assumption that humans are the only creatures to have made the leap from the natural to the cultural domain. The book's title derives from an analogy de Waal draws between the way behavior is transmitted in ape society and the way sushi-making skills are passed down from sushi master to apprentice. Like the apprentice, young apes watch their group mates at close range, absorbing the methods and lessons of each of their elders' actions. Responses long thought to be instinctive are actually learned behavior, de Waal argues, and constitute ape culture. A delightful mix of intriguing anecdote, rigorous clinical study, adventurous field work, and fascinating speculation, The Ape and the Sushi Master shows that apes are not human caricatures but members of our extended family with their own resourcefulness and dignity.

The Ape And The Sushi Master Book
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

The Ape And The Sushi Master


  • Author : Frans De Waal
  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Release Date : 2008-08-05
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 464
  • ISBN 10 : 0786724536

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The Ape And The Sushi Master Excerpt :

From the New York Times bestselling author of Mama's Last Hug and Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?, a provocative argument that apes have created their own distinctive cultures In The Ape and the Sushi Master, eminent primatologist Frans de Waal corrects our arrogant assumption that humans are the only creatures to have made the leap from the natural to the cultural domain. The book's title derives from an analogy de Waal draws between the way behavior is transmitted in ape society and the way sushi-making skills are passed down from sushi master to apprentice. Like the apprentice, young apes watch their group mates at close range, absorbing the methods and lessons of each of their elders' actions. Responses long thought to be instinctive are actually learned behavior, de Waal argues, and constitute ape culture. A delightful mix of intriguing anecdote, rigorous clinical study, adventurous field work, and fascinating speculation, The Ape and the Sushi Master shows that apes are not human caricatures but members of our extended family with their own resourcefulness and dignity.

Good Natured Book

Good Natured


  • Author : Frans B. M. DE WAAL
  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Release Date : 2009-06-30
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9780674033177

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The Ape and the Sushi Master Book
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The Ape and the Sushi Master


  • Author : Frans B. M. de Waal
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2001
  • Genre: Animal behavior
  • Pages : 433
  • ISBN 10 : 0713995696

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The Ape and the Sushi Master Excerpt :

Primatologists Frans de Waal has published a number of books on chimpanzee behaviour, including Peacemaking Among Primates. In The Ape and The Sushi Master the author continues his explorations of human and primate culture in order to arrive at a better understanding of the roots of human behaviour. De Waal's study examines whether animals learn from one another and have what he defines as culture, or whether their actions are purely based on genetics and instinct.

Tree of Origin Book
Score: 3
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Tree of Origin


  • Author : Frans B. M. de Waal
  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Release Date : 2009-07-01
  • Genre: Nature
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780674033023

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Tree of Origin Excerpt :

How did we become the linguistic, cultured, and hugely successful apes that we are? Our closest relatives--the other mentally complex and socially skilled primates--offer tantalizing clues. In Tree of Origin nine of the world's top primate experts read these clues and compose the most extensive picture to date of what the behavior of monkeys and apes can tell us about our own evolution as a species. It has been nearly fifteen years since a single volume addressed the issue of human evolution from a primate perspective, and in that time we have witnessed explosive growth in research on the subject. Tree of Origin gives us the latest news about bonobos, the make love not war apes who behave so dramatically unlike chimpanzees. We learn about the tool traditions and social customs that set each ape community apart. We see how DNA analysis is revolutionizing our understanding of paternity, intergroup migration, and reproductive success. And we confront intriguing discoveries about primate hunting behavior, politics, cognition, diet, and the evolution of language and intelligence that challenge claims of human uniqueness in new and subtle ways. Tree of Origin provides the clearest glimpse yet of the apelike ancestor who left the forest and began the long journey toward modern humanity.

Kinship with Monkeys Book

Kinship with Monkeys


  • Author : Loretta A. Cormier
  • Publisher : Columbia University Press
  • Release Date : 2003-10-15
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780231516327

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Kinship with Monkeys Excerpt :

Intrigued by a slide showing a woman breast-feeding a monkey, anthropologist Loretta A. Cormier spent fifteen months living among the Guajá, a foraging people in a remote area of Brazil. The result is this ethnographic study of the extraordinary relationship between the Guajá Indians and monkeys. While monkeys are a key food source for the Guajá, certain pet monkeys have a quasi-human status. Some infant monkeys are adopted and nurtured as human children while others are consumed in accordance with the "symbolic cannibalism" of their belief system. The apparent contradiction of this predator/protector relationship became the central theme of Cormier's research: How can monkeys be both eaten as food and nurtured as children? Her research reveals that monkeys play a vital role in Guajá society, ecology, economy, and religion. In Guajá animistic beliefs, all forms of plant and animal life—especially monkeys—have souls and are woven into a comprehensive kinship system. Therefore, all consumption can be considered a form of cannibalism. Cormier sets the stage for this enlightening study by examining the history of the Guajá and the ecological relationships between human and nonhuman primates in Amazonia. She also addresses the importance of monkeys in Guajá ecological adaptation as well as their role in the Guajá kinship system. Cormier then looks at animism and life classification among the Guajá and the role of pets, which provide a context for understanding "symbolic cannibalism" and how the Guajá relate to various forms of life in their natural and supernatural world. The book concludes with a discussion of the implications of ethnoprimatology beyond Amazonia, including Western perceptions of primates.

All Apes Great and Small Book

All Apes Great and Small


  • Author : Biruté M.F. Galdikas
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release Date : 2002-02-28
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 298
  • ISBN 10 : 9780306467578

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All Apes Great and Small Excerpt :

Many of the papers in this volume were first presented at the Third International Great Apes of the World Conference, held July 3-6, 1998 in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. The editors of this volume, the first in a two-volume series, are world renowned, having dedicated most of their lives to the study of great apes. The world's premiere primatologists, ethologists, and anthropologists present the most recent research on both captive and free-ranging African great apes. These scientists, through deep personal commitment and sacrifice, have expanded their knowledge of chimpanzees, bonobos, and gorillas. With forests disappearing, many of these studies will never be duplicated. This volume, and all in the Developments in Primatology book series, aim to broaden and deepen the understanding of this valuable cause.

The Language of Animals Book

The Language of Animals


  • Author : Stephen Hart
  • Publisher : Henry Holt and Company
  • Release Date : 2014-09-16
  • Genre: Nature
  • Pages : 126
  • ISBN 10 : 9781466881693

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The Language of Animals Excerpt :

Kanzi the chimp, Koko the ape, singing whales, trumpeting elephants, and dolphins trained for naval service--all of them make the news each year. Members of these species learn to communicate both with their voices and with body language, and without the signals they develop, each would be an island, unable to survive on Earth. How much do we know about how animals communicate with each other or with humans? Scientific American Focus: The Language of Animals examines the sometimes subtle differences between the nature of communication and what we call "language" or "intelligence." We explore how scientists study animal communication, and we learn about various species and their ways of "talking" and passing on their own "cultural" patterns. From dancing bees and chirping crickets to schooling fish and flocking birds; from birdsong to whale song to the language of our closest relatives in the animal kingdom--the chimpanzees--these overviews of thoroughly detailed case studies are a window to understanding the constant chatter and movement of the animal kingdom.

The Song of the Ape Book

The Song of the Ape


  • Author : Andrew R. Halloran
  • Publisher : Macmillan
  • Release Date : 2012-02-28
  • Genre: Nature
  • Pages : 276
  • ISBN 10 : 9780312563110

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The Song of the Ape Excerpt :

Documents the astonishing experiences that inspired the author's work in chimpanzee communication, the individual histories of five captive chimpanzees, and the scientific attempts to teach human language to chimps.

The Social Lives of Animals Book
Score: 5
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The Social Lives of Animals


  • Author : Ashley Ward
  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Release Date : 2022-03-01
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9781541600843

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The Social Lives of Animals Excerpt :

A rat will go out of its way to help a stranger in need. Lions have adopted the calves of their prey. Ants farm fungus in cooperatives. Why do we continue to believe that life in the animal kingdom is ruled by competition? In The Social Lives of Animals, biologist Ashley Ward takes us on a wild tour across the globe as he searches for a more accurate picture of how animals build societies. Ward drops in on a termite mating ritual (while his guides snack on the subjects), visits freelance baboon goatherds, and swims with a mixed family of whales and dolphins. Along the way, Ward shows that the social impulses we’ve long thought separated humans from other animals might actually be our strongest connection to them. Insightful, engaging, and often hilarious, The Social Lives of Animals demonstrates that you can learn more about animals by studying how they work together than by how they compete.

Almost Us Book

Almost Us


  • Author : William H. Calvin
  • Publisher : William H. Calvin
  • Release Date : 2010-08-09
  • Genre: Nature
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 9780982916704

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Games Primates Play Book
Score: 3
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Games Primates Play


  • Author : Dario Maestripieri
  • Publisher : Basic Books (AZ)
  • Release Date : 2012-04-10
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780465020782

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Games Primates Play Excerpt :

A primatologist examines unspoken social customs, from jilting a lover to being competitive on the job, to explain how behavioral complexities are linked to humans' primate heritage.

Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are  Book
Score: 4
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Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are


  • Author : Frans de Waal
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2016-04-25
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780393246193

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Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are Excerpt :

A New York Times bestseller: "A passionate and convincing case for the sophistication of nonhuman minds." —Alison Gopnik, The Atlantic Hailed as a classic, Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? explores the oddities and complexities of animal cognition—in crows, dolphins, parrots, sheep, wasps, bats, chimpanzees, and bonobos—to reveal how smart animals really are, and how we’ve underestimated their abilities for too long. Did you know that octopuses use coconut shells as tools, that elephants classify humans by gender and language, and that there is a young male chimpanzee at Kyoto University whose flash memory puts that of humans to shame? Fascinating, entertaining, and deeply informed, de Waal’s landmark work will convince you to rethink everything you thought you knew about animal—and human—intelligence.

Bugs in the System Book

Bugs in the System


  • Author : May R. Berenbaum
  • Publisher : ReadHowYouWant.com
  • Release Date : 2010-11-05
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 692
  • ISBN 10 : 9781459608108

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Bugs in the System Excerpt :

An introduction to insect physiology, genetics and behaviour which looks at the interaction between humans and insects, and explores both the positive and negative aspects of the relationship.

Sushi Book

Sushi


  • Author : Ole G. Mouritsen
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release Date : 2009-10-13
  • Genre: Technology & Engineering
  • Pages : 330
  • ISBN 10 : 9781441906182

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"It is clear that serious research, as well as much imagination, went into every page. It has become my new ‘go-to’ bible when I need a shot of inspiration." Ken Oringer, internationally renowned and award-winning chef Clio Restaurant, Uni Sashimi Bar, Boston "Congratulations on writing such an aesthetically beautiful, informative and inspiring book. ... I shall not hesitate to recommend your book to those colleagues, who like me, are fascinated by Sushi and who will surely be captivated, like me, turning every page." Dr. Ian C. Forster, April, 2011 • • • In recent decades, sushi has gone from being a rather exotic dish, eaten by relatively few outside of Japan, to a regular meal for many across the world. It is quickly gathering the attention of chefs and nutritionists everywhere. It has even made its way into numerous home kitchens where people have patiently honed the specialized craft required to prepare it. Few have been more attuned to this remarkable transition than Ole G. Mouritsen, an esteemed Danish scientist and amateur chef who has had a lifelong fascination with sushi’s central role in Japanese culinary culture. Sushi for the eye, the body, and the soul is a unique melange of a book. In it, Mouritsen discusses the cultural history of sushi then uses his scientific prowess to deconstruct and explain the complex chemistry of its many subtle and sharp taste sensations. He also offers insights from years of honing his own craft as a sushi chef, detailing how to choose and prepare raw ingredients, how to decide which tools and techniques to use, and how to arrange and present various dishes. Sushi is irresistible for both its simplicity and the hypnotic performance-art aspects that go into its preparation. With clear prose and straightforward instructions, Mouritsen looks at every facet of sushi in a book that is as accessible as it is informative, as useful as it is fun.