The Animal Connection

The Animal Connection

A New Perspective on What Makes Us Human

Book - 2011
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Why do humans all over the world take in and nurture other animals? This behavior might seem maladaptive--after all, every mouthful given to another species is one that you cannot eat--but in this heartening new study, acclaimed anthropologist Pat Shipman reveals that our propensity to domesticate and care for other animals is in fact among our species' greatest strengths. For the last 2.6 million years, Shipman explains, humans who coexisted with animals enjoyed definite adaptive and cultural advantages. To illustrate this point, Shipman gives us a tour of the milestones in human civilization-from agriculture to art and even language--and describes how we reached each stage through our unique relationship with other animals. The Animal Connection reaffirms our love of animals as something both innate and distinctly human, revealing that the process of domestication not only changed animals but had a resounding impact on us as well.
Publisher: New York : Norton, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780393070545
Branch Call Number: 304.27/SHIPMAN
Characteristics: 336 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.


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Feb 09, 2012

This is an overrated and disappointing book. The author contends that she has developed a "new perspective on what makes us human," going so far as to claim a novel scientific hypothesis. Simply stated, it is as though she never heard of Paul Shepard, ecopsychology, or the deep ecology movement. Either that, or academic barriers prevented her from acknowledging or validating these others. This is a shame. Shepard's work in particular reaches out and fully eclipses the author's comparitively paltry contribution.


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