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9/16/2004

El planeta de los monos



Como ya sabéis, mucha gente se escandaliza porque piensa que la teoría de la evolución de las especies de Charles Darwin dice que descendemos de los monos, cuando lo que dice es que los monos y nosotros tenemos antepasados comunes (lo que creo que no es tan ofensivo).

Acabo de terminar El mono desnudo, de Desmond Morris, y es un libro que me ha incitado a verme desde un punto de vista distinto. Es lo que pretendía, así que puede estar satisfecho el autor. Morris pretende describir desde el punto de vista zoológico una nueva especie de mono que ha perdido casi completamente el pelo, se ha hecho carnívoro y muy social, etc. En definitiva, pretende describirnos como lo haría un extraterrestre: como a una especie animal más.

Al hacerlo, consigue que creamos -sea o no cierto- que el impacto de la cultura sobre nuestras vidas no es tan fuerte como queremos creer; que no sólo físicamente, sino también en comportamiento, somos cosa poco distinta de los hombres de Cromañón que se extendieron por el mundo hace miles de años y acabaron con los neandertales y con los mamuts lanudos, y los tigres dientes de sable, y los osos de las cavernas...

Creo que a menudo peca de creer demasiado en su teoría, como cuando afirma que las monjas y los homosexuales deberían tener hijos (de manera sexual, se entiende) para contribuir a reponer los seres humanos que mueren. Aunque, tal vez, en 1967 no decir que había que asesinar a los maricas era un adelanto, no sé.

Me ha llamado la atención -aunque las conocía más o menos de oídas- la teoría sobre el mono acuático, o aquella sobre por qué las hembras de mono desnudo (es decir, las mujeres, también llamadas tías) tienen los pechos y los glúteos tan sugerentemente abultados.

Hacia el final, él mismo admite que no hay que tomarlo al pie de la letra, que más bien ha pretendido exagerar: igual que muchos pretenden describir al hombre únicamente en su faceta cultural, él ha pretendido hacerlo en su faceta biológica. Bueno, pues os lo recomiendo, no quiero escribir un post de mil palabras. Unos siete euros y medio.

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