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I understand that this author is deeply respected but I had to give up on this book. Despite his deep knowledge of the non human world and warnings about the dangers of an anthropicentric view he does just that, describing our ancestors as 'bright children of the African savanna' and in the next sentence acknowledging our near complete blindness across all our senses. This is just one examle5
I gave up at the statement 'They turn us into patriots and not just cooperating citizens'. I am a British citizen born in England raised globally and living in Scotland. Nationalism is a problematic notion to my mind, personally I currently consider myself primarily a European but my allegiances and identifications are legion.