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Behave: The bestselling exploration of why humans behave as they do Kindle Edition
Why do human beings behave as they do?
'Awe-inspiring... You will learn more about human nature than in any other book I can think of' Henry Marsh, bestselling author of Do No Harm
We are capable of savage acts of violence but also spectacular feats of kindness: is one side of our nature destined to win out over the other?
Every act of human behaviour has multiple layers of causation, spiralling back seconds, minutes, hours, days, months, years, even centuries, right back to the dawn of time and the origins of our species.
In the epic sweep of history, how does our biology affect the arc of war and peace, justice and persecution? How have our brains evolved alongside our cultures?
This is the exhilarating story of human morality and the science underpinning the biggest question of all: what makes us human?
'One of the best scientist-writers of our time' Oliver Sacks
"A masterly cross-disciplinary scientific study of human behavior: What in our glands, our genes, our childhoods explains our species' capacity for both altruism and brutality? This comprehensive and friendly survey of a 'big sprawling mess of a subject' is leavened by an impressive data-to-silly joke ratio. It has my vote for science book of the year." --Parul Sehgal, New York Times "A monumental contribution to the scientific understanding of human behavior that belongs on every bookshelf and many a course syllabus . . . It is a magnificent culmination of integrative thinking, on par with similar authoritative works, such as Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel and Steven Pinker's The Better Angels of Our Nature." --Michael Shermer, American Scholar "Behave is the best detective story ever written, and the most important. If you've ever wondered why someone did something--good or bad, vicious or generous--you need to read this book. If you think you already know why people behave as they do, you need to read this book. In other words, everybody needs to read it. It should be available on prescription (side effects: chronic laughter; highly addictive). They should put Behave in hotel rooms instead of the Bible: the world would be a much better, wiser place" --Kate Fox, author of Watching the English "Magisterial . . . This extraordinary survey of the science of human behaviour takes the reader on an epic journey . . . Sapolsky makes the book consistently entertaining, with an infectious excitement at the puzzles he explains . . . a miraculous synthesis of scholarly domains." --Steven Poole, The Guardian Rarely does an almost 800-page book keep my attention from start to finish, but
"If anyone can save evolutionary biology from TED talkers and pop-science fabulists, it might be Sapolsky . . . . Behave ranges at great length from moral philosophy to social science, genetics to Sapolsky's home turf of neurons and hormones--but all of it is aimed squarely at the question of why humans are so awful to each other, and whether the condition is terminal." --Vulture "Robert Sapolsky's students must love him. In Behave, the primatologist, neurologist and science communicator writes like a teacher: witty, erudite and passionate about clear communication. You feel like a lucky auditor in a fast-paced undergraduate course, where the implications of fascinating scientific findings are illuminated through topical stories and pop-culture allusions." --Nature
"Sapolsky's book shows in exquisite detail how culture, context and learning shape everything our genes, brains, hormones and neurons do." --Times Literary Supplement "Behave is like a great historical novel, with excellent prose and encyclopedic detail. It traces the most important story that can ever be told." --Edward O. Wilson "Truly all-encompassing . . . detailed, accessible, fascinating." --The Telegraph "A wide-ranging, learned survey of all the making-us-tick things that, for better or worse, define us as human . . . . An exemplary work of popular science, challenging but accessible." --Kirkus Reviews, starred "[Sapolsky] weaves science storytelling with humor . . . . [His] big ideas deserve a wide audience and will likely shape thinking for some time." --Publishers Weekly (starred review) "[Sapolsky] does an excellent job of bringing together the expansive literature of thousands of fascinating studies with clarity and humor . . . . A tour-de-force." --Library Journal (starred review) "Sapolsky finds not the high moral drama of the soul choosing good or evil but rather down-to-earth biology . . . a remarkably encyclopedic survey of the sciences illuminating human conduct."
--Booklist(starred review) "Read Robert Sapolsky's marvelous book Behave and you'll never again be surprised by the range and depth of our own bad behavior. We all carry the potential for unconscious biases, to be damaged by our childhoods and map that damage onto our own loved ones, and to form the tribal 'Us' groups that treat outsiders as lesser 'Thems.' But to read this book is also, marvelously, to be given the hope that we have much more control of those behaviors than we think. And Behave gives us more than hope--it gives us the knowledge of how to act on that aspiration, to manifest more of our best selves and less of our worst, individually and as a society. That's very good news indeed." --Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit and Smarter Faster Better As wide as it is deep, this book is colorful, electrifying, and moving. Sapolsky leverages his deep expertise to ask the most fundamental questions about being human--from acts of hate to acts of love, from our compulsion to dehumanize to our capacity to rehumanize. --David Eagleman, PhD, neuroscientist at Stanford, author, presenter of PBS's The Brain Behave is a beautifully crafted work about the biology of morality. Sapolsky makes multiple passes at the target, using different time scales and systems. He shows you how all the perspectives and systems connect, and he makes you laugh and marvel along the way. Sapolsky is not just a leading primatologist; he's a great writer and a superb guide to human nature. --Jonathan Haidt, New York University, author of The Righteous Mind "This is a miraculous book, by far the best treatment of violence, aggression, and competition ever. It ranges from how neurons and hormones interact, how emotions are an essential part of decision making, why adolescents are more likely to be violent than adults, why genes influence cultures and vice-versa, and the ins and outs of "we versus them," all the way to "live and let live" truces in World War I and the My Lai massacre. Its depth and breadth of scholarship are amazing, building on Sapolsky's own research and his vast knowledge of the neurobiology, genetic, and behavioral literature. For instance, Behave includes fair evaluations of complex debates (like over sociobiology) that I was involved in, and tackles controversial questions such as whether our hunter-gatherer ancestors warred on each other. He even takes on "free will" with a clarity usually absent from the writings of philosophers on the subject. All this is done brilliantly with a light and funny touch that shows why Sapolsky is recognized as one of the greatest teachers in science today." --Paul R. Ehrlich, author of Human Natures --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
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- Publisher : Vintage Digital; 1st edition (25 May 2017)
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Sadly, his writing style can be incredibly irritating. The publisher should produce an English-English version because much of the US slang is not only irritating but incomprehensible. And the numerous American cultural references which mean nothing to me have become irritations because they are presumably inserted as an analogy to illustrate a point but do the complete opposite when I have to Google each of them.
Something is wrong when a reader has to constantly check the meaning of a multitude of obscure slang words (e.g. what is a ‘nudnik’? Just the latest slang word I had to Google to understand an already complex sentence) and American cultural references that mean nothing to non-Americans but were inserted into an academic book to make it more accessible, but only have the opposite effect.
And if he tells me to ‘stay tuned’ again I’ll scream.
WIth a better editor this could have been an excellent book. For example, someone really should have picked up on this paragraph: "The authors deconstructed high rank with three questions: (a) How many people ranked lower than the subject in his organization? (b) How much autonomy did he have (e.g., to hire and fire)? (c) How many people did he directly supervise? And high rank came with low glucocorticoids and anxiety only insofar as the position was about the first two variables—lots of subordinates, lots of authority. In contrast, having to directly supervise lots of subordinates did not predict those good outcomes."
I'm pretty sure that should say "lots of autonomy, lots of authority". As it is, it states that lots of subordinates are both good and, "in contrast" bad. There are several errors like this, and they can be quite confusing.
of footnotes, "notes". Three apendixes : Neurosciences "101" neurotrasmitters; The basics of endocrinology, Hormones, and Protein Basics, all to help you understand better.
Don't be scared off! I was a music/education and foreign language major.
And Believe it or not, it's become a bestseller.
Drawbacks for many: Extremelly small print; footnotes impossibly tiny, difficult to read.