“The Third Chimpanzee” Book Reading & Discussion

April 9, 2014 12:15pm

April 9th @ 7pm
Commonwealth Club of California at Los Altos High School
Eagle Theatre, Los Altos High School, 201 Almond Ave., Los Altos

Join author Pulitzer-winning author Jared Diamond author at the Commonwealth Club of California on April 9th as he celebrates his newest book, The Third ChimpanzeeThird-Chimp-book-jacket-200x300. As Diamond’s first foray into illustrated young adult nonfiction, The Third Chimpanzee is both an explosive indictment of human nature and a hopeful case for a better survival.

At some point during the last 100,000 years, humans began exhibiting traits and behavior that distinguished us from other animals, eventually creating language, art, religion, bicycles, spacecraft, and nuclear weapons–all within a heartbeat of evolutionary time. Now, faced with the threat of nuclear weapons and the effects of climate change, it seems our innate tendencies for violence and invention have led us to a crucial tipping point. Where did these traits come from? Are they part of our species immutable destiny? Or is there hope for our species’ future if we change?

With fascinating facts and his unparalleled readability, Diamond intended his book to improve the world that today’s young people will inherit. Triangle Square’s The Third Chimpanzee for Young People is for them and the future they’ll help build.

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