For example, I know of It is common these days to come across people who have developed a strong dislike for all reductionist approaches. However, be warned that it is a big book, which has In the shortest possible summary, let me start by saying that Behave is a stupendous book, and among the best science books I have read. The story was disavowed by human rights groups. Different chapters focus on different aspects effect of neurons, hormones, culture etc , so this book is looking at things from Yes, absolutely. She was Nayirah al-Sabah, the fifteen-year-old daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador to the United States. After all, who is not curious about why we behave the way we do.
We tend to conflate this with compassion, but empathy often is an end in itself and precludes a compassionate act. After Sapolsky mentioned a study that I know researchers have failed to replicate, I waited for him to discuss the subsequent controversy. Robert Sapolsky invokes interest and curiosity right from the start - talking about how we are very conflicted in our beliefs — especially we condemn many acts of violence, but do support others. Wind the clock back to childhood, and there are environmental factors at work, from affluence to poverty, safe neighborhoods versus violent ones. Should I just skim this chapter? Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst is a book by American author Robert Maurice Sapolsky. During Rwandan genocide, Tutsis were described as cockroaches. I had so many different thoughts while reading this because it brought up a lot of more pertinent issues but now I can't think of any of them for some reason.
But from birth through young adulthood, the part of the human brain that most defines us frontal cortex is less a product of the genes with which you started life than of what life has thrown at you. How did culture shape that individual's group, what ecological factors millennia old formed that culture? A behavior occurs--whether an example of humans at our best, worst, or somewhere in between. He introduces us to Anglican cleric John Newton, born in 1725. This may be the definitive book on behavior, but it's a book for everyone 34th book for 2017. For anyone else, that would be enough.
Watch his February 6, 2018 lecture at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. This section of the book I found particularly insightful, as I was aware of the debate but had honestly not really dived into it due to laziness. Of all the systems we have investigated so far, the physical systems of materials and forces, chemical systems, astronomical systems, and biological systems — they all yielded fairly well to the scientific reductionist methodologies. The book then goes into the genetic and evolutionary basis of our behavior and the ways we're predisposed to think about others specifically in groups and out groups. That is to look at our behavior from every possible angle: biological, psychological, physiological…and there are some historical and cultural angles thrown in to it too.
Are times more peaceful than in the past? And those cockroaches would steal your husband. But it is also a book about the ways in which people do the opposite. You've amply proven you have intellectual tenacity. I learned so much and it also changed the way I see some things. Unsurprisingly the conclusion is that you can't point a single factor - be it gene or hormone, without taking into account what is happening in the environment.
The second half shows how all these factors combine to affect us as individuals and as a society. The concepts explored underpin much of what we understand about human behavior and morality. Nothing seems to cause anything; instead everything just modulates something else. It's a doubt that poisoned the whole book for me, including his tour of literatures far removed from the ones above. Sapolsky's storytelling concept is delightful but it also has a powerful intrinsic logic: he starts by looking at the factors that bear on a person's reaction in the precise moment a behavior occurs, and then hops back in time from there, in stages, ultimately ending up at the deep history of our species and its evolutionary legacy.
The author kept everything light. In the words of Representative John Porter R-Illinois , who chaired the committee. There are certain ways of thinking that we are predisposed towards but nothing is a hundred percent certain yet. Especially with all the different body chemistry and other factors that affect us. Be it gender, race, politics, development, violence of all sorts, personality, deviance and conformity, Social Dominance and Authoritarianism, Hierarchy, Ethnicity, differences between liberals and conservatives, Sexuality. But is it worth reading? However, anyone who studies further and learns the intricacies and nuances of history will discover that the Civil War was fought over.
We can forego the presumptiveness of intuitively knowing why people behave the way they do. Liberals cited the thriving economy. Sapolsky uses the latest research interwoven with great examples, so that you can better grasp the complexity, all told through his strikingly objective thinking sprinkled with great humor. However, I very strongly recommend this — for reading at the earliest possible This book is a masterful distillation of academic research on social behavior. Conservatives most highly value loyalty, authority and sanctity while liberals most highly value care, fairness and liberty. Science has discovered brains aren't fully developed until in our 20's. Sapolsky uses this literature extensively without criticism.