The Selfish Ape

Human Nature and Our Path to Extinction

Nicholas P. Money

The Selfish Ape

Nicholas P. Money

Distributed for Reaktion Books

152 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Cloth $20.00 ISBN: 9781789141559 Published August 2019 For sale in North and South America only
Weaving together stories of science and sociology, The Selfish Ape offers a refreshing response to common fantasies about the ascent of humanity. Rather than imagining modern humans as a species with godlike powers, or Homo deus, Nicholas P. Money recasts us as Homo narcissus—paragons of self-absorption. This exhilarating story offers an immense sweep of modern biology, leading readers from earth’s unexceptional location in the cosmos to the story of our microbial origins and the innerworkings of the human body. It explores human genetics, reproduction, brain function, and aging, creating an enlightened view of man as a brilliantly inventive, yet self-destructive animal.

The Selfish Ape is a book about human biology, the intertwined characteristics of our greatness and failure, and the way that we have plundered the biosphere. Written in a highly accessible style, it is a perfect read for those interested in science, human history, sociology, and the environment.
Review Quotes
The Biologist
"This Dawkins-inspired book is a tour de force of life on Earth. Money eloquently describes the dynamics of life and the quite insignificant place of humans in the grand scheme of existence. Charting important biological discoveries, he describes life from all angles, including our molecular complexity and our genetic makeup. . . . The book brings together many perspectives on human existence to create a beautiful but damning picture of humankind.”
Richard Dawkins FRS, author of "The Selfish Gene" and "Outgrowing God"
"I learned much from Money’s book. I love his vivid, prose-poetic imagery. Reading him is pure literary pleasure. He knows what to say and, more importantly, he knows how to say it."
Robin Hanbury-Tenison, explorer
“This entrancing and sobering collection of thoughts is a worthy successor to The Amoeba in the Room, which opened our eyes to so much.”
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