It’s my pleasure to facilitate the next book discussion for FAN members. The selected book is The Third Chimpanzee, by Jared Diamond.
The book is divided into 5 parts. It would be great if one or more attending members took on selected part and created general questions for discussion. I’ll take on Part 5 since I have already finished the book. More than one member can create questions for the same part of the book.
To insure that there’s enough interest in holding this book club discussion, I would like to see at least 5 members RSVP by the end of this month. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me.
I also have an extra copy of the book if anyone needs it.
From Library Journal
Research biologist (Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands) Diamond argues that the human being is just a third species of chimpanzee but nevertheless a unique animal essentially due to its capacity for innovation, which caused a great leap forward in hominoid evolution. After stressing the significance of spoken language, along with art and technology, Diamond focuses on the self-destructive propensities of our species to kill each other (genocide and drug abuse) and to destroy the environment (mass extinctions). He also discusses human sexuality, geographic variability, and ramifications of agriculture (metallurgy, cultivated plants, and domesticated animals). Absent from Diamond's work is the role religion plays in causing both war and the population explosion as well as long-range speculations on the future of our species. This informative, most fascinating, and very readable book is highly recommended for all libraries.
- H. James Birx, Canisius Coll., Buffalo, N.Y.