• A guided tour through a labyrinth of biological and behavioural information- A Review of Behave by Robert Sapolsky (Vintage, London, 2017)

    Author(s):
    Darshi Arachige (see profile)
    Date:
    2021
    Group(s):
    Anthropology
    Subject(s):
    Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, Neo-Darwinism, Behavioral anthropology, Evolution, Violence
    Item Type:
    Book review
    Tag(s):
    Democracy, genetics, evolutionary theory
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/tjfy-e744
    Abstract:
    Behave by Robert Sapolsky (Vintage, London, 2017) is a book full of information about human aggression. Even though Prof. Sapolsky does not provide new solutions to deal with human aggression, he tells us about its biological roots and makes us look at the aggressors with a broader understanding. Our behaviours are more complex than what a single factor explanation can provide. The reviewer feels that the author does not discuss the democracy as a possible solution to the aggression as a societal problem. The reviewer also finds that the book could have appreciated the role of Lamarckian inheritance in some behavioural traits rather than being somewhat dismissive. In summary, this is a valuable addition to any collection of books.
    Notes:
    This review only contains the author's personal opinion and represents no other person or organization.
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    Published
    Last Updated:
    8 months ago
    License:
    Attribution-NonCommercial
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