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by CLIVE BROMHALL

eBook The Eternal Child: Staying Young and the Secret of epub
  • ISBN: 0091885744
  • Author: CLIVE BROMHALL
  • Genre: Social Sciences
  • Subcategory: Anthropology
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: EBURY PRESS; Illustrated edition edition (2003)
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • ePUB size: 1695 kb
  • FB2 size 1139 kb
  • Formats mbr lrf lit azw


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Clive Bromhall's ground-breaking book is the story of a single evolutionary process which has shaped the human species. The human species, says Bromhall - radically but convincingly - has anatomically and behaviourally regressed into a state of permanent childhood. Humans are t in fact mature primates, but rather over-grown baby apes.

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Comments: (4)
Vozilkree
The eternal Child is another revolutionary new theory about human origins. The author has a PhD in zoology from Oxford University. One interesting section was his refutation of the common belief based on the idea that humans and chimps have a common ancestor, and as a result the human head at birth is too large for the birth canal opening. Consequently, this size problem causes major birth problems. He writes “it is simply not true that the [human] brain grows so fast that it ‘forces’ the baby to be born before it is ready” as is often claimed (p. 180). In fact, the “vast majority of the size difference between human brains and those of other primates results from a far longer period of growth after the baby is grown” (p. 180). Chimp’s brains grow close to double in size between birth and adulthood, whereas the human brain quadruples in size and does not stop growing until around age 20. He concludes the fact is the human brain does not grow too fast, causing problems, but rather the fact is “the human body develops at an incredibly slow rate—it takes far longer to progress from one developmental stage to the next than any other primate” (pp. 180-181). So much for the claims of the Darwinists. Actually, humans have fewer birthing problems due to the brain size and birth canal ratio issue than do many animals. The author than gives several examples to support this claim.
Angana
Great to read
VizoRRR
I think it was Albert Einstein who said "Things should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." The saying may well be applied to this book in which Oxford zoologist Clive Bromhall attributes, well, just about everything to neotony - an evolutionary process in which infantile characteristics are retained into adulthood. I quite enjoyed reading it - up to a point. High science it certainly isn't and the book may appeal to those who find other popular science books inaccessible. For example, Bromhall includes little fictious stories to illustrate his points. This is very entertaining but one can't help thinking that he believes a little too much in his own theory. Human beings may well be an infantile species but that doesn't mean we're stupid.

Bromhall set out to write a book about the evolution of homosexuality. This used to be a poisoned chalice as far as science was concerned but is now the holy grail of scientific inquiry. I am gay and have been following the recent literature (Roughgarden, Bagemihl, Muscarella, Kirkpatrick) with great interest. Unfortunately, Bromhall clearly hasn't and his ideas on the subject are a bit old fashioned. For example, he states that "the only glimpses of same-sex preference in other species are in domesticated species". We now know that this isn't true. Homosexual activity, including long-term same-sex pair-bonding, is recorded in over 450 different species, many in natural habitats. The 'domestication' theory was popularized in the 1960s by Desmond Morris and has now been refuted by many writers. There are several similar examples of out-dated theorizing and some dubious figures relating homosexuality to paedophilia. References are conspicuous by their absence.

The shadow of Desmond Morris (who wrote a foreword for the book and has worked extensively with Bromhall) is present throughout this work. Bromhall and Morris are zoologists and are used to studying animals who are much more at the mercy of their evolutionary heritage than we are. They are both a little over zealous in equating primate behaviour to human beings, a highly questionable and controversial matter. Social constructionists will have a heart attack half way through the first chapter of this book and should keep well away!

Bromhall's central thesis, however, is very interesting and I look forward to seeing how he hangs some meat on the bones of the idea that is sketched out in this book. I'm pretty sure, though, that however much Bromhall / Morris try to convince me that 'biology is destiny', they won't succeed in demonstrating that neotony is anything more than a small piece of the puzzle that is human behaviour. An acknowledgement of this would have made this book a bit more credible and a bit less childish.
Cogelv
I read this three times within ten days of first finding it. Fresh and very plausible insights into what makes us humans tick. Emphasis on communication and readability rather than strict scientific fact but nevertheless a must-have for anyone interested in understanding the evolution of human nature.
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