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fusion of two chromosomes so that the twentyfour pairs in the apes became the twenty three pairs in man.8 Berry therefore joined Edward Wilson to submit that: Human nature is a hodge-podge of genetic adaptations to an environment largely-vanished, the world of the ice age hunter-gatherer.9 He went further to argue that human life after the ice age has been cultural rather than natural, but that this does not connote a total disconnection of man from his natural leash. Still referring to Wilson, Berry continued: The leash is very long but inevitably, values will be constrained in their effects on the human gene pool.10 Desmond Morris, author of The Human Animal, shares the same view with Edward Wilson and submits that “our (human) instincts and behaviour are still rooted in our animal past�. He upholds the evolutionary scientific view of man but does not stop at the reductionism of human nature to alimentation, reproduction, and locomotion as submitted by Konrad Lorenz. Desmond Morris had not only traced human nature as given by evolution but has elaborated on this to show that our animal nature is still very obvious in our modern lifestyle. On his part, Konrad Lorenz submitted that: It is quite definite that the disappearance or expansion of certain innate releasing mechanisms


Christopher, J. Berry (1986) Human nature, Macmillan Education Ltd., Houndmill, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG 21 2XS and London. P. 98. 9 Ibid. 10 Ibid.


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