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The Resource Behave

Behave

Label
Behave
Title
Behave
Statement of responsibility
Robert M. Sapolsky
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Why do we do the things we do?Over a decade in the making, this game-changing book is Robert Sapolsky's genre-shattering attempt to answer that question as fully as perhaps only he could, looking at it from every angle. 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 genetic inheritance.And so the first category of explanation is the neurobiological one. What goes on in a person's brain a second before the behavior happens? Then he pulls out to a slightly larger field of vision, a little earlier in time: What sight, sound, or smell triggers the nervous system to produce that behavior? And then, what hormones act hours to days earlier to change how responsive that individual is to the stimuli which trigger the nervous system? By now, he has increased our field of vision so that we are thinking about neurobiology and the sensory world of our environment and endocrinology in trying to explain what happened.Sapolsky keeps going—next to what features of the environment affected that person's brain, and then back to the childhood of the individual, and then to their genetic makeup. Finally, he expands the view to encompass factors larger than that one individual. How culture has shaped that individual's group, what ecological factors helped shape that culture, and on and on, back to evolutionary factors thousands and even millions of years old.The result is one of the most dazzling tours de horizon of the science of human behavior ever attempted, a majestic synthesis that harvests cutting-edge research across a range of disciplines to provide a subtle and nuanced perspective on why we ultimately do the things we do...for good and for ill. Sapolsky builds on this understanding to wrestle with some of our deepest and thorniest questions relating to tribalism and xenophobia, hierarchy and competition, morality and free will, and war and peace. Wise, humane, often very funny, Behave is a towering achievement, powerfully humanizing, and downright heroic in its own right
Summary
A professor of biology and neurology at Stanford reveals what makes humans do the things they do, delving into environmental stimuli, things that trigger the nervous system, hormonal responses and how they work in conjunction with evolutionary and cultural factors
Storyline
Writing style
Award
Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology, 2017.
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10563219
Cataloging source
DLC
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Sapolsky, Robert M
Dewey number
612.8
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Science
  • Sociology
  • Nonfiction
Target audience
adult
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the biology of humans at our best and worst
Label
Behave
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Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:9fd89a13-3e1e-43d0-8231-a340148f404b
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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Isbn
9780735222786
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Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Behave
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:9fd89a13-3e1e-43d0-8231-a340148f404b
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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Isbn
9780735222786
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Specific material designation
optical disk

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