Behave

Behave

The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst

Downloadable Audiobook - 2017 | Unabridged
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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 most dazzling tours d'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.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Audio, 2017
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781524735173
1524735175
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file) : digital
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Additional Contributors: Goldstrom, Michael 1974-

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Mikogee
Jul 21, 2018

The author repeats some material from previous books, which is fine, because I did not understand it all the first time. The classic psychological experiments do not lose their shock factor. Our perceptions are so fallible, so malleable. Augmenting the behavioral analysis with neurochemistry, Sapolsky poses a question to the reader analogous to the trolley test (kill one to save five). As scientists discover more secrets of the brain, behavior becomes more deterministic. Would you trade your humanity for exoneration? Is our hand really on the track switcher? Can we change the reality, or do we just ride the trolley and see where it goes?

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