Growing Young

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1989 - Social Science - 292 pages

In this new, revised edition of his landmark book, Montagu compels us to reevaluate the way we think about growth and development, in all its phases, throughout life. Humans are designed to grow and develop their childlike qualities, and not to become the ossified adults prescribed by society. Montagu demonstrates how our culture, schools, and families are in conspiracy against such childlike traits as the need to love, to learn, to wonder, to know, to explore, to think, to experiment, to be imaginative, creative and curious, to sing, dance, or play. He also reveals the many links between physical and mental aging and tells how to prevent psychosclerosis, the hardening of the mind, so that we can die young--as late as possible. The best statement ever written on the most important, neglected theme of human life and evolution. Stephen Jay Gould, Harvard University

In this new, revised edition of his landmark book, Montagu compels us to reevaluate the way we think about growth and development, in all its phases, throughout life. Humans are designed to grow and develop their childlike qualities, and not to become the ossified adults prescribed by society. Montagu demonstrates how our culture, schools, and families are in conspiracy against such childlike traits as the need to love, to learn, to wonder, to know, to explore, to think, to experiment, to be imaginative, creative and curious, to sing, dance, or play. He also reveals the many links between physical and mental aging and tells how to prevent psychosclerosis, the hardening of the mind, so that we can die young--as late as possible.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Neoteny and Human Biological Evolution
12
The Evolution of Human Behavior
46
Advantages of Immaturity A Womb with a View
62
The Child
94
The Neotenous Traits of the Child
106
Those Whom the Gods Love
172
Import
198
The History of Neoteny
207
Glossary
247
Tables
254
Figures
260
References
273
Index
287
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About the author (1989)

ASHLEY MONTAGU is an Anthropologist who has taught at Harvard, Princeton, University of California, and New York University and has written more than fifty books, including: Life Before Birth, Touching, Man's Most Dangerous Myth: The Fallacy of Race, On Being Human, The Nature of Human Agression, The Natural Superiority of Women, and The Peace of the World.

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