5 thoughts on “Cheating Monkeys and Citizen Bees

  1. I found the book interesting although it had much more to do with the nature of cooperation in humans than it did in animals. The animal portions were usually examples about how humans could learn to cooperate better and were few and far between (in my opinion). I also found some of them very unlikely to work in the world of humans.
    I was hoping to read more about animals and how they have evolved to survive through cooperation or other forms of interactions. The author DID spend quite a bit of

  2. I found some of the information interesting, but the tone of the book was a real turn-off. The author makes a lot of exaggerated judgments about nature/animals (naked mole-rats are sooo ugly! and if you think *that’s* abhorrent, impalas licking ticks off each other is disgusting!)

    He suggests that most people consider animals simple, which I think is incorrect and demeaning to peoples’ respect for the natural world.

    He talks about his Christianity and moral judgments based on that a lot, which I t

  3. Interesting concept, but very dry execution. I think this book would be more interesting and enjoyable if you pick and choose the anecdotal stories of interest. There is a bit too much dry filler to try and hammer home the same points. There are some very fascinating examples of the biological basis for cooperation in the animal kingdom, though.

  4. Very interesting and accessible. This is one of the first things I read that got me interested in the biological, non-cultural aspects of human behavior. His angle is that animals show us a stripped-down version of what human behavior in a given situation would look like without moral will and freedom.

  5. I enjoyed this book, but unlike most books, I took it in small doses. The author looks at the evolution of cooperation in humans, and looks to nature to explain human societal behavior. It is fascinating and fun, but can be a little dry (thus the small doses).

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