A Primate's Memoir: A Neuroscientist's Unconventional Life by Robert M. Sapolsky

By Robert M. Sapolsky

Publish yr note: First released in 2001
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In the culture of Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey, Robert Sapolsky, a most excellent technological know-how author and recipient of a MacArthur Genius supply, tells the captivating tale of his twenty-one years in distant Kenya with a troop of Savannah baboons.

"I had by no means deliberate to develop into a savanna baboon whilst I grew up; as a substitute, I had continuously assumed i might turn into a mountain gorilla," writes Robert Sapolsky during this witty and riveting chronicle of a scientist's coming-of-age in distant Africa.

An exhilarating account of Sapolsky's twenty-one-year learn of a troop of rambunctious baboons in Kenya, A Primate's Memoir interweaves critical medical observations with wry remark concerning the demanding situations and pleasures of residing within the wilds of the Serengeti—for guy and beast alike. Over 20 years, Sapolsky survives culinary atrocities, gunpoint encounters, and a surreal kidnapping, whereas witnessing the encroachment of the vacationer mentality at the farthest vestiges of unspoiled Africa. As he conducts extraordinary physiological examine on wild primates, he turns into evermore enamored of his subjects—unique and compelling characters of their personal right—and he returns to them summer time after summer time, till tragedy eventually prevents him.

By turns hilarious and poignant, A Primate's Memoir is a magnum opus from certainly one of our most popular technology writers.

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But he never surrendered to these influences with the total abandon required fully to effect the alteration. His Brahmin vision was certainly expanding just as his physical vision was improving, but Dana continued to see himself as separate from the 舠crew of swearers舡 (p. 23) with whom he kept company. Despite the conscious efforts he made to fit in, and to 舠set all suspicion at rest舡 (p. 115) as to whether he was indeed one of the forecastle crew, Dana舗s old school Brahmin erudition and elitism inevitably flared up at times, and the crew reacted to any hint of snobbery.

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