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'Awe-inspiring a the best scientific book written for non-specialists that I have ever read. You will learn more about human nature than in any other book I can think of, and you will be inspired' Henry Marsh, author of Do No Harm A ground-breaking synthesis of the entire science of human behaviour by 'one of the best scientist-writers of our time' (Oliver Sacks) -- 'It's no exaggeration to say that Behave is one of the best nonfiction books I've ever read' Wall Street Journal '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 Why do we do what we do? Behave is at once a dazzling tour and a majestic synthesis of the whole science of human behaviour. Brought to life through simple language, engaging stories and irreverent wit, it offers the fullest picture yet of the origins of tribalism and xenophobia, hierarchy and competition, morality and free will, war and peace. Robert Sapolsky's ingenious method is to move backwards in time from the moment at which a behaviour occurs, layer by layer through the myriad influences that led to it- - We begin with the split-second reactions of the brain and nervous systema - Then we consider our response to sight, sound and smell in the minutes and seconds beforehanda - Next he explains the interactions of hormones, which prime our behaviour in the preceding hours and daysa - He proceeds through the experiences of adolescence, childhood and foetal development that shape us over our lifespansa - And continues over centuries and millennia through the profound influences of genetic inheritance, cultural context and ultimately the evolutionary origins of our species. Throughout, Sapolsky considers the most important question- what causes acts of aggression or compassion? What inspires us to terrible deeds and what might help foster our best behaviour? Wise, humane, often very funny, Behave is a towering achievement, powerfully humanizing, that is unlikely to be surpassed for many years.
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Robert M. Sapolsky holds degrees from Harvard and Rockefeller Universities and is currently a Professor of Biology and Neurology at Stanford University and a Research Associate with the Institute of Primate Research, National Museums of Kenya. He is the author of The Trouble with Testosterone, Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers (both finalists for the LA Times Book Award), and A Primate's Memoir. Sapolsky has contributed to Natural History, Discover, Men's Health, and Scientific American, and is a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation genius grant.

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"It's no exaggeration to say that Behave is one of the best nonfiction books I've ever read" Wall Street Journal "Truly all-encompassing ... detailed, accessible, fascinating" Telegraph "A miraculous book, by far the best treatment of violence, aggression, and competition ever. 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. 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 Ehrlich, author of Human Natures "A great writer and a superb guide to human nature, Sapolsky shows you how all the perspectives and systems connect, and he makes you laugh and marvel along the way. A beautifully crafted work about the biology of morality" -- Jonathan Haidt, author of The Righteous Mind "One of the best scientist-writers of our time" -- Oliver Sacks "Behave is like a great historical novel, with excellent prose and encylopedic detail. It traces the most important story that can ever be told" -- E O Wilson "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" -- David Eagleman, author of Incognito "Marvellous. Behave gives us the knowledge of how to manifest more of our best selves and less of our worst, individually and as a society" -- Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit "One of the finest natural history writers around" The New York Times "Robert Sapolsky's students must love him ... witty, erudite and passionate about clear communication ... the implications of fascinating scientific findings are illuminated through topical stories ... then Sapolsky reaches for the big, synthetic pay-offs, examining how, together, these insights can enhance our understanding of the forces that lead to tribalism, violence, dehumanization and war - as well as tolerance, empathy and peace ... The analysis is arresting and the writing is often moving ... It is impossible not to deeply admire a project bold entire to ask an entire field to work to create a more just and peaceful world" Nature "Epic... It's an engaging synthesis of a whole host of sciences, bringing together the latest thinking in neuroscience, genetics, psychology, anthropology, evolutionary history, and more" -- James Lloyd BBC Focus

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