Beyond Cape Horn: Travels in the Antarctic by Charles Neider PDF

By Charles Neider

Author and Antarctic explorer Neider tells of his 3rd journey to the frozen continent, describing the overseas stations there and the objectives they're operating towards. Neider additionally excursions the Antarctic panorama, staring at the geography and natural world and evoking it intimately. Devoting scrutiny to the overseas treaties that guard the continent politically and environmentally, Neider finds how very important these treaties are. additionally incorporated during this paintings are interviews with Antarctic pioneers Sir Charles Wright, Sir Vivian Fuchs, and Laurence Gould.

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Poe calls this kind of analysis “ratiocination,” the rational analytical approach of the successful detective, who must grasp both the rational and irrational behaviors of his fellow humans. Almost from the beginning of classical Western civilization, powerful stereotypes of apes and monkeys began to emerge. As Poe understood it, these figurative (and sometimes actual) apes and monkeys suggest interesting mirrors for human emotions and actions. After Dupin reads in the evening newspaper about the grotesque and puzzling murder of a mother and her adult daughter in the Rue Morgue, he seizes the opportunity to demonstrate his own mental prowess, solving the case on the basis of newspaper accounts alone.

As an anatomist, Cuvier specialized in skeletal comparisons, and he concluded that differences in anatomy determined differences in function—not the other way around. Thus, humans were physiologically fitted from the get-go for technological prowess, and apes for an arboreal life (though it must be added that, in Cuvier’s time, so little was known of the anthropoid apes that even their nomenclature was contested). At least to the satisfaction of many of his scientific contemporaries, Cuvier effectively sealed off the human from the ape by using comparative anatomy to reinforce his theory of separate creations.

Darwin’s younger colleague had observed adult orangutans in the wild, and once, after his companions shot a mother orangutan, he kept the baby in his camp. She eventually died from malnutrition, but not before impressing him with her intelligence and her emotional similarity to human children, including a tendency toward tantrums. ) In his later volumes, Darwin seized the opportunity to argue for sexual selection, which his colleagues had greeted with skepticism and he had thus minimized in The Origin of Species.

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