Behave: The Biology of Humans At Our Best and Worst

Sapolsky, Robert M


Why do we do what we do? ‘Behave’ achieves what no other text has previously attempted: it brings together a whole host of sciences – the study of our brains, genes and hormones, the investigations of psychology, anthropology and evolutionary history – and by gathering them together offers the richest and most accurate understanding yet of the causes of human behaviour. It shows that any explanation of why we behave the way we do is incomplete until we consider all of these factors together; when combined, the insights that emerge are unprecedented and astonishing.

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Why do human beings behave as they do?

‘Awe-inspiring? You will learn more about human nature than in any other book I can think of’ Henry Marsh, bestselling author of Do No Harm

We are capable of savage acts of violence but also spectacular feats of kindness: is one side of our nature destined to win out over the other?

Every act of human behaviour has multiple layers of causation, spiralling back seconds, minutes, hours, days, months, years, even centuries, right back to the dawn of time and the origins of our species.

In the epic sweep of history, how does our biology affect the arc of war and peace, justice and persecution? How have our brains evolved alongside our cultures?

This is the exhilarating story of human morality and the science underpinning the biggest question of all: what makes us human?

‘One of the best scientist-writers of our time’ Oliver Sacks

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Weight0.576 kg
Dimensions19.8 × 12.9 × 4 cm