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Desmond Morris

Desmond Morris

The city is not a concrete jungle. It is a human zoo.More Desmond Morris [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I viewed my fellow man not as a fallen angel, but as a risen ape.More Desmond Morris [07/26/2011 04:07:15]
No matter how old we become, we can still call them 'Holy Mother' and 'Father' and put a child-like trust in them.More Desmond Morris [07/26/2011 04:07:34]
This unusual and highly successful species spends a great deal of time examining his higher motives and an equal amount of time ignoring his fundamental ones.More Desmond Morris [07/26/2011 04:07:48]
Artists like cats; soldiers like dogs.More Desmond Morris [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
There are 193 living species of monkeys and apes. 192 of them are covered with hair. The exception is a naked ape, self-named Homo Sapiens.More Desmond Morris [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
This unusual and highly successful species spends a great deal of time examining his higher motives and an equal amount of time ignoring his fundamental ones.More Desmond Morris [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I viewed my fellow man not as a fallen angel, but as a risen ape.More Desmond Morris [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Biologically speaking, if something bites you it's more likely to be female.More Desmond Morris [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The roots of our Soccer Tribe lie deep in our primeval past.More Desmond Morris [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
We are to put it mildly, in a mess, and there is a strong chance that we shall have exterminated ourselves by the end of the century. Our only consolation will be that as a species, we have had an exciting term of office.More Desmond Morris [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
In a social environment that is ever crowded and impersonal, it is becoming increasingly important to reconsider the value of close personal relationships before we are driven to ask the forlorn question, 'Whatever happened to love?'More Desmond Morris [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Aquatic animals suffer from the disadvantage that they cannot scream when in pain, so we find it hard to gauge the degree of their agony. If fish could scream, angling purely for sport would be outlawed without delay.More Desmond Morris [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
As long as the human race is able to concern itself with more than mere survival, soccer will have its place.More Desmond Morris [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
We read off the many signals that our companions' clothes transmit to us in every social encounter. In this way, clothing is as much a part of human body language as gestures, facial expressions and postures.Even those people who insist that they despise attention to clothing, and dress as casually as possible, are making quite specific comments on their social roles and their attitudes towards the culture in which they live.More Desmond Morris [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Life is like a very short visit to a toy shop between birth and death.More Desmond Morris [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The idea that it is funny to see wild animals coerced into acting like clumsy humans, or thrilling to see powerful beasts reduced to cringing cowards by a whip-cracking trainer is primitive and medieval. It stems from the old idea that we are superior to other species and have the right to hold dominion over them.More Desmond Morris [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I think like the species I am studying, whatever it is. If I am watching a lizard, I become the lizard. Gazing ath the water at a pike, I become the pike.More Desmond Morris [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
A true bond of friendship is usually only possible between people of roughly equal status. This equality is demonstrated in many indirect ways, but it is reinforced in face-to-face encounters by a matching of the posture of relaxation or alertness.More Desmond Morris [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
We never stop investigating. We are never satisfied that we know enough to get by. Every question we answer leads on to another question. This has become the greatest survival trick of our species.More Desmond Morris [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
We may prefer to think of ourselves as fallen angels, but in reality we are rising apes.More Desmond Morris [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It must be stressed that there is nothing insulting about looking at people as animals. We are animals, after all. Homo sapiens is a species of primate, a biological phenomenon dominated by biological rules, like any other species. Human nature is no more than one particular kind of animal nature. Agreed, the human species is an extraordinary animal; but all other species are also extraordinary animals, each in their own way, and the scientific man-watcher can bring many fresh insights to the study of human affairs if More Desmond Morris [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
People who keep dogs live longer on average than those who do not. This is not some kind of pro-canine campaigning fantasy. It is a simple medical fact that the calming influence of the company of a friendly pet animal reduces blood pressure and therefore
the risk of heart attack.More Desmond Morris [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
There are one hundred and ninety-three living species of monkeys and apes. One hundred and ninety-two of them are covered with hair. The exception is a naked ape self-named Homo sapiens. The zoologist now has to start making comparisons. Where else is nudity at a premium.More Desmond Morris [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
...In little more than a single century from 1820 to 19450, no less than fifty-nine million human animals were killed in inter-group clashes of one sort or another.... We describe these killings as men behaving "like animals," but if we could find a wild animal that showed signs of acting this way, it would be more precise to describe it as behaving like men.More Desmond Morris [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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