Today, the belief that human beings are special is distinctly out of fashion. Almost every day we are presented with new revelations about how animals are so much more like us than we ever imagined. The argument is at its most powerful when it comes to our closest living relatives - the great apes. This book argues that whatever first impressions might tell us, apes are really not 'just like us'. Science has provided strong evidence that the boundaries between us and other species are vast. Unless we hold on to the belief in our exceptional abilities we will never be able to envision or build a better future - in which case, we might as well be monkeys.
Dr Helene Guldberg is co-founder and director of spiked, the first custom-built online current affairs publication in the UK. She is author of Reclaiming Childhood and teaches developmental psychology with the Open University and the US study abroad centre, CAPA.