The Selfish Ape

Human Nature and Our Path to Extinction

Nicholas P. Money



CATEGORY: Anthropology
PAGES: 128
SIZE: 13,5 x 20 cm
EDITION: 1st print ,2021-01-18 18:53
HARDCOVER ISBN: 9786057685636

This book is the Turkish translation of The Selfish Ape, originally published by Reaktion Books.

We emerged 3.3 billion years ago on the third of the planets orbiting a middle-aged and medium-sized star. We left the Rift Valley a thousand centuries ago and stepped out into the world. Our flexibility in nutrition, our magnificent neocortex housing 16 billion nerve cells and our fat record of transforming nature have put us in a special place among mammals. We have been strutting around for 100,000 years, and we have been calling ourselves wise since the 18th century. We are the Homo sapiens.

In his manifesto addressing the modern individual, Nicholas P. Money turns this picture upside down. As western science transforms into a fatal mistake, nature is torn at its seams. Glory is replaced by pretense, while Homo sapiens is replaced by Homo narcissus. The Selfish Ape loses all hope for salvation, as it is forgotten that it is “we” that makes the feeling of the self. Before turning off the lights of this pessimistic tale, for those who dare to look honestly at what humanity has screwed up and to admit their mistake, Money leaves a speckle of hope and a clue: Grace. This will come only come through with the kindness we will show towards the rest of nature.


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