Item description for Watching by Desmond Morris...
This wonderful recollection begins with a shy young boy who, while everyone else was dancing on the streets, celebrated the World War II Allied victory by observing a colony of rooks. After studying the behavioral habits of the 10-spined stickleback at Oxford, Desmond Morris became curator of mammals at London Zoo and quickly became a familiar figure in homes all over Britain as presenter of Zootime, delighting millions of tea-time viewers with a daring attempt to pick up a deadly scorpion by its tail or a tumble off the back of an elephant. As curator of mammals at the zoo, life was as bizarre behind the cameras as in front of them, not least when a whale turned up in the Thames River or when a pair of ferocious bears escaped and caused havoc in a restroom. In 1967, Morris turned his attention to humans. Since then he has continued his work on human and animal species, written many other successful books, and has presented a number of television series. His travels have taken him to some 60 countries, from the cities of North America to the islands off the Mediterranean, Europe, the Pacific, and Africa. This account tells the story of many of these adventures, in fascinating and often hilarious detail.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.21" Width: 6.06" Height: 2.13" Weight: 2.34 lbs.
Release Date Sep 28, 2007
Publisher Little Books
ISBN 1904435548 ISBN13 9781904435549
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More About Desmond Morris
Desmond Morris is a well-known and critically acclaimed writer and broadcaster. His many books include The Naked Ape, The Human Zoo, and The Human Animal. For several years he was the host of the television program Zootime, and in 1959 he was appointed Curator of Mammals at the London Zoo.
Desmond Morris was born in 1928.
Desmond Morris has published or released items in the following series...
Observations of human and animal behavior Jan 16, 2008
Since I didn't know much about Desmond Morris, I wasn't expecting a great deal when I picked up this book. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Morris is a good writer and has had a fascinating life. Artist, TV personality, ethologist, author, etc. I especially liked the details of how Morris analyzed fish behavior, then applied the same principles to human behavior.
Morris' description of Fijian firewalking and of an encounter with Uri Geller struck me as a couple of sour notes for a scientist. Morris seems to simply accept these as unexplained human abilities, without close investigation. My understanding of firewalking is that the trick relies on heat conductivity of materials--coals are hot, but they don't conduct heat quickly, so you won't be burned as long as you keep moving. By the same principle, I can put my hand in a hot oven without pain for a few seconds; however, if I touch the metal oven rack, I will be burned immediately. As to Uri Geller, it's amazing what sleight of hand can do. There are several organizations that seriously investigate psychic powers; one of these is found at csicop.org. James Randi has had a million dollars pledged for years to anyone who can prove supernatural powers; it has yet to be collected.
The Answer Man Jan 15, 2008
Way back when Desmond Morris first hit the scene I was looking for something that made sense in the plethora or "truths" surrounding questions of why we are who and what we are. Desmond Morris' thinking added up to a "truth" I felt comfortable with--after all, every so-called truth we have is just somebody's best guess, if you ask me. I like the man. He has led and continues to lead a charmed life that is absolutely fascinating. This book, if I understand him correctly, is a revision of his autobiography plus "eight new chapters." Each chapter is a short self-contained slice of some moment in his life, and I am savoring it slowly with smiles and laughter so far (I'm at chapter 14 of 80). I know he will make me cry sooner or later for all the right reasons and I know he will provide me with startling insights and fresh understanding of my species and of himself as a man whose companionship down through the years has always been the most pleasant imaginable. Long life, Dr. Morris! I bless the day I found you.