MAN: THE FALLEN APE by Branko Bokun


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Bokun is sheer bunkum. From the moment he espouses the belief that men and women are separately evolved, you know you're on dangerous ground. Throw in statements like ""The kind of thoughts the brain is able to produce, depends on its shape"" . . . ""The savannah's intense heat. . . has inspired the idea of hell as a permanent fire"" . . . ""A single omnipotent god is the last resort for a humiliated and lost mind,"" and you know you're on quicksand sinking fast. So it goes through chapter after chapter of absurd explanations of human evolution and culture, mostly having to do with descent from inferior ""omega"" apes, delayed infancy, submission to the wiles of women followed by adolescent rebellion. Having dealt with evolution, Bokun dispatches early civilizations, religion, and philosophy in a few more outrageous chapters with running themes on women, the nature of work, justice, punishment, and other lofty concepts. It is not amusing, not satire, not fact, not science fiction--just humbug from a man whom the blurb describes as spending most of his time aboard a 22-foot yacht in Antibes.

Pub Date: Nov. 18th, 1977
Publisher: Doubleday