Behave

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Sapolsky, Robert M

  • Titel: Behave : The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst / Robert M Sapolsky. Narrator: Michael Goldstrom
  • Person(en): Sapolsky, Robert M ; Goldstrom, Michael
  • Ausgabe: Unabridged
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • Originalsprache: Englisch
  • Umfang: 1 online resource (21 audio files) : digital 26:27:34
  • Erschienen: New York : Penguin Audio, 2017
  • ISBN/Preis: 9781524735173 (sound recording)
  • Schlagwörter: Nonfiction ; Science ; Sociology ; Electronic books
  • Anmerkungen: Unabridged Requires OverDrive Listen (file size: N/A KB) or OverDrive app (file size: 744269 KB).

Inhalt: A New York Times Bestseller."Hands-down one of the best books I've read in years. I loved it."— Dina Temple-Raston, The Washington Post"It's no exaggeration to say that Behave is one of the best nonfiction books I've ever read." —David P. Barash, The Wall Street JournalFrom the celebrated neurobiologist and primatologist, a landmark, genre-defining examination of human behavior, both good and bad, and an answer to the question: Why do we do the things we do?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. And so the first category of explanation is the neurobiological one. A behavior occurs—whether an example of humans at our best, worst, or somewhere in between. What went on in a person's brain a second before the behavior happened? Then Sapolsky pulls out to a slightly larger field of vision, a little earlier in time: What sight, sound, or smell caused the nervous system to produce that behavior? And then, what hormones acted hours to days earlier to change how responsive that individual is to the stimuli that triggered 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: How was that behavior influenced by structural changes in the nervous system over the preceding months, by that person's adolescence, childhood, fetal life, and then back to his or her genetic makeup? Finally, he expands the view to encompass factors larger than one individual. How did culture shape that individual's group, what ecological factors millennia old formed that culture? And on and on, back to evolutionary factors millions of years old. The result is one of the mos

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