Monday, May 9, 2011

A non-fictional book

Day 01 — Your favorite song
Day 02 — Your favorite movie
Day 03 — Your favorite television program
Day 04 — Your favorite book
Day 05 — Your favorite quote
Day 06 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 07 — A photo that makes you happy
Day 08 — A photo that makes you angry/sad
Day 09 — A photo you took
Day 10 — A photo of you taken over ten years ago
Day 11 — A photo of you taken recently
Day 12 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 13 — A fictional book
Day 14 — A non-fictional book
Day 15 — A fanfic
Day 16 — A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 17 — An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
Day 18 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 19 — A talent of yours
Day 20 — A hobby of yours
Day 21 — A recipe
Day 22 — A website
Day 23 — A YouTube video
Day 24 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 25 — Your day, in great detail
Day 26 — Your week, in great detail
Day 27 — This month, in great detail
Day 28 — This year, in great detail
Day 29 — Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 — Whatever tickles your fancy

I have asecret liking for non-fictional books. I read a lot of english biology literature which is centered around evolution or behaviour. I love reading books from Richard Dawkins, who is strongly against creationism and wrote a lot of books about how evolution is possible and how humans developed. If you have any interest in this topics, I can really recommend him and his humorous writing!

But the book I'd like to talk about is "The ape and the sushi master" by Frans de Waal. He writes about culture in animals. It's not about dressing apes (or dogs or cats for that matter) in human clothes or teaching them how to use a toilet, but rather about techniques they learned and teached later generations. Salting of potatoes, pricking open milk bottles - it's amazing waht animals learn and how the evoultion of human culture can be seen in animal tribes.

Frans de Waal also wrote books about ethics in animals which are an interesting read. Did you know that apes can lie or trick their conspecifics for fruit and mating partners?

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