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The Resource Beasts : what animals can teach us about the origins of good and evil, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

Beasts : what animals can teach us about the origins of good and evil, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

Label
Beasts : what animals can teach us about the origins of good and evil
Title
Beasts
Title remainder
what animals can teach us about the origins of good and evil
Statement of responsibility
Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
There are two supreme predators on the planet with the most complex brains in nature: humans and orcas. In the twentieth century alone, one of these animals killed 200 million members of its own species, the other has killed none. The author's book begins here: there is something different about us. In his previous books the author has showed that animals can teach us much about our own emotions: love (dogs), contentment (cats), grief (elephants), among others. But animals have much to teach us about negative emotions such as anger and aggression as well, and in unexpected ways. In this book he demonstrates that the violence we perceive in the "wild" is mostly a matter of projection. We link the basest human behavior to animals, to "beasts" ("he behaved no better than a beast"), and claim the high ground for our species. We are least human, we think, when we succumb to our primitive, animal ancestry. Nothing could be further from the truth. Animals, at least predators, kill to survive, but there is nothing in the annals of animal aggression remotely equivalent to the violence of mankind. Our burden is that humans, and in particular humans in our modern industrialized world, are the most violent animals to our own kind in existence, or possibly ever in existence on Earth. We lack what all other animals have: a check on the aggression that would destroy the species rather than serve it. It is here, the author says, that animals have something to teach us about our own history. Here he strips away our misconceptions of the creatures we fear, offering a powerful and compelling look at our uniquely human propensity toward aggression. -- Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1941-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Masson, J. Moussaieff
Dewey number
591.5/1
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Violence
  • Cruelty
  • Animal behavior
  • Emotions in animals
  • Animal psychology
  • Ethics, Evolutionary
  • NATURE / General
  • NATURE / Animals / General
  • SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Evolution
Label
Beasts : what animals can teach us about the origins of good and evil, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
Link
http://www.netread.com/jcusers2/bk1388/159/9781608196159/image/lgcover.9781608196159.jpg
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 183-204) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Can the human species wake up? -- Crocodiles and us -- "The other" -- Conformity -- Cruelty -- War -- Killing -- Hatred -- Exploitation -- Indifference -- Wolves -- Kindness? -- A billion acts of kindness -- Elephant trauma and the promise of a better world -- Human traits unique to us -- Human universals -- Traits humans have in common with other animals -- Benevolent traits unique to humans -- What humans do to other animals -- The problem with Pinker on the problem of human violence
Control code
ocn827256968
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
213 pages
Isbn
9781608196159
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013034314
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 1148798
  • (Sirsi) o827256968
  • (OCoLC)827256968
Label
Beasts : what animals can teach us about the origins of good and evil, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
Link
http://www.netread.com/jcusers2/bk1388/159/9781608196159/image/lgcover.9781608196159.jpg
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 183-204) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Can the human species wake up? -- Crocodiles and us -- "The other" -- Conformity -- Cruelty -- War -- Killing -- Hatred -- Exploitation -- Indifference -- Wolves -- Kindness? -- A billion acts of kindness -- Elephant trauma and the promise of a better world -- Human traits unique to us -- Human universals -- Traits humans have in common with other animals -- Benevolent traits unique to humans -- What humans do to other animals -- The problem with Pinker on the problem of human violence
Control code
ocn827256968
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
213 pages
Isbn
9781608196159
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013034314
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 1148798
  • (Sirsi) o827256968
  • (OCoLC)827256968

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