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Cannibalism A Perfectly Natural History kindle É 332 pages à moneyexpresscard Í For centuries scientists have written off cannibalism as a bizarre phenomenon with little biological significance Its presence in nature was dismissed as a desperate response to starvation or other life threateninRecord straight debunking common myths and investigating our new understanding of cannibalism's role in biology anthropology and history in the most fascinating account yet written on this complex topic Schutt takes readers from Arizona's Chiricahua Mountains where he wades through ponds full of tadpoles devouring their siblings to the Sierra Nevadas where he joins researchers who are shedding new light on what happened to the Donner Party the most infamous episode of cannibalism in American history He even meets with an expert on the preparation and consumption of human placenta and yes it goes well with Chianti Bringing together the latest cutting e I got weird reactions from my co workers while I was reading this book I explained that I’m planning to go on a camping trip so I’m reading some survival guides starting with this book Long story short I read this book in peaceBut really “Cannibalism A Perfectly Natural History” is not really a survivor’s manual get a hold of yourself The book explores the practice across the animal kingdom and argues that we can actually learn a lot from observing any species that sometimes eats its own kind including our own The book starts by introducing you to cannibalism in animals which happens often than one may think before moving on to incidents in human history up into modern times and then even addresses the taboo associated with cannibalism and where it may stem from At the very beginning Bill Schutt tells the reader that he in no way is there to sensationalize those who the public may consider the modern day cannibals of recent history and refuses to give any attention to murders or serial killers and their acts I can appreciate that since I feel like those people their lives and their actions are something that are so sensationalized already and if that's what you're looking for then you could always find that somewhere else This book is about cannibalism in nature in survival situations and in culture I thought the animal science and information was fascinating and it made me think a lot about where taboos come from and how our abhorrence for cannibalism may differ greatly with another cultureSchutt’s wry tone is well suited to this scientific retelling and I found myself laughing on most occasions cringing on the rest Cannibalism has much to teach us about evolution disease racism and even familial sacrifice and love And it also surprisingly makes for delectable reading

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For centuries scientists have written off cannibalism as a bizarre phenomenon with little biological significance Its presence in nature was dismissed as a desperate response to starvation or other life threatening circumstances and few spent time studying it A taboo subject in our culture the behavior was portrayed mostly through horror movies or tabloids sensationalizing the crimes of real life flesh eaters But the true nature of cannibalism the role it plays in evolution as well as human history is even intriguing and normal than the misconceptions we've come to accept as fact In Cannibalism A Perfectly Natural History zoologist Bill Schutt sets the Cannibalism A Perfectly Natural History is a book about cannibalismLaced with dark humor Cannibalism A Perfectly Natural History covers cannibalism in many in its many forms Schutt starts with the animal kingdom noting nutritional and evolutionary advantages to snacking on your own species Tadpoles do it insects do it even the monkeys in the trees do itThe bulk of the book deals with human cannibalism from the Neanderthal to the present day There's cannibalism for medicinal reasons like epileptics drinking blood in Victorian times to powdered mummies being injested to cannibalism for religious reasons Religious and cultural views on cannibalism are explored as is the grand daddy of them all the Donner Party Schutt deliberately sidesteps cannibal serial killers since that topic has been sensationalized to death by the media The modern placenta eating movement is covered in great detail as are kuru and similar diseasesThe writing in Cannibalism is engaging tinged with Schutt's dark brand of humor I devoured the book in two long sittings like a tribesman not wanting his relative's corpse to go to waste as food for maggots Apart from Bill Bryson I'm not usually drawn to non fiction but this book was really hard to put downIf I had to pick out something to bitch about it would be that kuru and other spongiform encephalopathies were given a little too much space Apart from that not mentioning the episode of The IT Crowd that was about a cannibal I have no complaints I recommend to anyone even remotely interested in cannibalism Four out of five stars

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Cannibalism A Perfectly Natural HistoryDge science Schutt answers uestions such as why some amphibians consume their mother's skin; why certain insects bite the heads off their partners after sex; why up until the end of the twentieth century Europeans regularly ate human body parts as medical curatives; and how cannibalism might be linked to the extinction of the Neanderthals He takes us into the future as well investigating whether as climate change causes famine disease and overcrowding we may see outbreaks of cannibalism in many species including our own Cannibalism places a perfectly natural occurrence into a vital new context and invites us to explore why it both enthralls and repels Natural doesn´t have to be better all the timePlease note that I have put the original German text to the end of this review Just if you might be interestedCannibalism is only so controversial in human societies One would just eat another person in exceptional situations In a classic plane crash or if in a post apocalyptic world the survival of the family depends on itWhen human flesh was part of religious ceremonies it often included exocannibalism The inclusion of the power of the enemy The peaceful variant was the endocannibalism with which one honored the family members by consuming them The only form left in the modern world is the ritual eating of placentas But the positive mentality behind this act is in no relation to the bloody rituals of the past Although in the depths of unexplored rainforests there may probably be one or the other tribeIn other forms of life than humans it is common practice and a fixed component of the life cycle When for example cannibalism is integrated into reproduction rearing or nutrition as an element of preservation of the species When it comes to preserving the species sentimentality is out of place in the animal kingdom In particular if for example in the case of insects the life expectancy of males is not long anyway Economically speaking after fulfilling their primary task they have the most significant benefit as available kilocaloriesEven after the act of reproduction cannibalism continues in the womb in various ways Shark species in which it is usual that the inhabitants eat each other Children snacking their mother's skin And parents one would have better never met because they make no difference between food and own children Therefore it is well advised not to build a relationship with them But if one of the few available sources of essential nutrients is your own kind and family you can not be pickyA long term study with different species would be fascinating By this one could see under what conditions species develop cannibalism Similar species do not always start eating each other under similar circumstances Therefore there must be an unknown factor in the game In lab environments with changing climatic and nutritional conditions one could see clearly when the transition occurs Although besides not yet found genetic factors could play a role tooThe medical applications testify to the curious history of healing and medicine There is a bigoted difference between a medical prescription for differently prepared parts and proper cannibalism Of course with such spectacular remedies a reputation and good money can be made The psyche eats too and heals better with exclusive nutritionSince cannibalism is less common in humans no microorganism has yet specialized in this mode of spreading Although such cases have already occurred in indigenous peoples Kuru What raises a borderline hypothesis A pathogen wants to spread in a fictive population which has practiced cannibalism for centuries What could be effective than to strengthen the craving for human flesh in the minds of already infected people? Not to mention direct distribution channels Following the same principle as mushrooms manipulating and killing insects Respectively it may be possible that such a virus might have developed in any of the jungles or has been manufactured by humansIf one interprets it exaggeratedly many processes in the smallest are based on miscellan