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Read ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ç Robert M. Sapolsky Why do we do the things Biology of Kindle #215 we doOver a decade in the making this game changing book is Robert Sapolsky's genre shattering attempt to answer that uestion as fully as perhaps only he could looking at it from every angle 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 Behave The PDF or behavior occurs and then hops back in time from there in stages ultimately ending up at the deep history of our species and its genetic inheritanceAnd so the first category of explanation is the neurobiological one What goes on in a person's brain a second before the behavior happens Then he pulls out to a slightly larger field of. Sapolsky is my lord He's an Olympian god on high He's a titan This book is retarded It's almost impossible to read It's like 10000 pages long But it's next to impossible not to adoreIt's basically a textbook for his ridiculously cosmically good Stanford undergraduate course on the biology of behavior HUMBIO 160 StanfordYou're not fully sentient until you have watched all 20 hours of his lectures from the course at least once which are freely available on YouTube Or listened to them in condensed form in his absolutely spellbinding audio programs available by Great Courses The message is glorious than any gospel or sage vision Its biology man It's a real live magical miracle We are meat bags of salt water lipids proteins and chemicals that emerged from endoplasmic sewage and are now capable of having an experience DudeThat alone is frickin amazing beyond words but that's only the beginning Sapolsky is a puckish rascal genius Sapolsky is an intellectual nonpareilThis is a horrible AF review of the important work of a fuckin' intellectual demigodFIVE STARS

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review ↠ Behave The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst 109 ï ❰KINDLE❯ ❅ Behave The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst Author Robert M. Sapolsky – Why do we do the things we doOver a decade in the making this game changing book is Robert Sapolsky's genre shattering Vision a little earlier in time What sight sound or smell triggers the The Biology of eBook #10003 nervous system to produce that behavior And then what hormones act hours to days earlier to change how responsive that individual is to the stimuli which trigger 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 happenedSapolsky keeps going next to what features of the environment affected that The Biology of Humans at Epubperson's brain and then back to the childhood of the individual and then to their genetic makeup Finally he expands the view to encompass factors larger than that one individual How culture has shaped tha. I finished this yesterday but I had to stop first and catch my breath before writing a review This was a whirlwind a high speed ride exercising my amygdala mightily No book I’ve read at least this year has challenged me the way this one has And not just the science which I will largely forget in its details soon enough More so the intellectual challenge was in uestioning almost everything I believe Why do we behave the way we do You’ll get no biology primer from me Let’s plunge right in In the fall of 1990 Ira invaded Kuwait and in the run up to the Gulf War Americans were sickened by a story that emerged On October 10 1990 a fifteen year old refugee from Kuwait appeared before a congressional Human Rights CaucusThe girl—she would only give her first name Nayirah—had volunteered in a hospital in Kuwait City She tearfully testified that Irai soldiers had stolen incubators to ship home as plunder leaving over three hundred premature infants to dieOur collective breath was taken away The testimony was seen on the news by approximately 45 million Americans was cited by seven senators when justifying their support of war a resolution that passed by five votes and was cited than ten times by George H W Bush in arguing for US military involvement And we went to war with a 92 percent approval rating of the president’s decision In the words of Representative John Porter R Illinois who chaired the committee “we have never heard in all this time in all circumstances a record of inhumanity and brutality and sadism as the ones that Nayirah had given us today”Much later it emerged that the incubator story was a pseudospeciating lie The refugee was no refugee She was Nayirah al Sabah the fifteen year old daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador to the United States The incubator story was fabricated by the public relations firm Hill Knowlton hired by the Kuwaiti government with the help of Porter and cochair Representative Tom Lantos D California Research by the firm indicated that people would be particularly responsive to stories about atrocities against babies ya think so the incubator story was concocted the witness coached The story was disavowed by human rights groups and the media and the testimony was withdrawn from the Congressional Record—long after the warBe careful when our enemies are made to remind us of maggots and cancer and shit But also beware when it is our empathic intuitions rather than hateful ones that are manipulated by those who use us for their own goals In the 1990s crime rates plummeted nationwide Liberals cited the thriving economy Conservatives credited policing expanded prisons and three strike sentencing laws Neither says our author Demographics showed that crime rates dropped in areas where abortions became legally readily available This was highly controversial but it makes perfect depressing sense to me our author writes What majorly predicts a life of crime Being born to a mother who if she could would have chosen that you not be Drone pilots who sit somewhere far removed from battle but can blow up a group of men sitting around a campfire just by pushing a button and watch the whole thing you know body parts on their computer screen have the same rate of Post Traumatic Stress as soldiers in the field in a study of than 1100 judicial rulings prisoners were granted parole at about a 60 percent rate when judges had recently eaten and at essentially a 0 percent rate just before judges ate Justice may be blind but she’s sure sensitive to her stomach gurgling Okay enough examples from the book; I’ll spare you the pages and pages of notes I read this book because Sapolsky’s book A Primate’s Memoir is an all time favorite And this is his life work here He didn’t lose me with the long biology lesson at the beginning of the book Indeed he sorta said just read through this enough will stick to understand what follows But then he resorted to essentially sociological surveys to support his positions Academic things I’ve been on the answering end of such surveys and understand just how pre ordained and un scientific they can be And as smart as he is very and much smarter than me he doesn’t get that sometimes when he was talking about bias he kind of exposed his own biases He repeatedly confessed to being a Liberal then stated as scientific fact that Liberals are intelligent than Conservatives Which brings up another point Before plunging into a discussion of Politics he notes that there are lot of hands raised in that terrain between Liberal and Conservative My rough guess is that perhaps a majority of people join me in that middle ground But Sapolsky says never mind let’s just consider Liberals and Conservatives Well no you can’t; and even if you could it sure as hell wouldn’t be science And oh he’s glib with repeated stay tuned and all that is cool but; and he even reduces himself to making fun of someone’s nameSo yes some things he wrote got my amygdala all agitated But then my frontal cortex took over which I now know it will do and let me analyze what he is saying as objectively as I couldWe are learning from science every day Like that that frontal cortex the decider isn’t fully online until our twenties So what responsibility does a 14 year old murderer own We once burned epileptics as witches owned slaves and thought those acts appropriate justified biblically sanctioned Now we wonder how we could have done that What will we think of how we behave now in 100 years 500 yearsNotwithstanding some annoyances which I stated above this really is a remarkable book and highly recommended by me It takes a while and is not easy in spots Maybe first check out some lectures by Sapolsky readily available on YouTube You will get a sense of his depth humor and manic energy all of which fuel this book Here’s one about the topic in uestion and here’s one on how religion is a mental illnessThis book changed me of that I’m sure Imagine that Now excuse me I have to do some chipmunk experiments

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Behave The Biology of Humans at Our Best and WorstT individual's group what ecological factors helped shape that culture and on and on back to evolutionary factors thousands and even millions of years oldThe result is one of the most dazzling tours de 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 perspective on why we ultimately do the things we dofor good and for ill Sapolsky builds on this understanding to wrestle with some of our deepest and thorniest uestions relating to tribalism and xenophobia hierarchy and competition morality and free will and war and peace Wise humane often very funny Behave is a towering achievement powerfully humanizing and downright heroic in its own rig. I have tremendous respect for Mr Sapolsky since I first watched one of his lecture series from The Teaching Company He has my eternal gratitude for introducing me to the term Glucocorticoids which I then tried to use a few times a day every day for an entire year An experiment that was cut tragically short after a fateful dinner encounter in which my father who had been a mopey navel gazer for some time due to a complicated business decision confided in me his troubles to which I replied with as much gravitas as I could summon; “It could be your Glucocorticoids”Anyway since Sapolsky has played such a pivotal role in my intellectual development I’ve made the decision to steer away from my usual review format I’m going to avoid constructing it as a loose collection of darkly humorous anecdotes with a tiny bit of substance somewhere in the middle which you could glean just from reading the summaryThis is a very granular look at all the proximate and distal causes of human behavior So granular in fact that it reminds me of a time when I was racing my bike up and down our gravel driveway with criminal glee My papaw upon noticing this distilled his wisdom into a pithy omen as was his gift and offered “Gonna bust ye ass if ye don’t slow down lil lady” And as was my gift I pretended not to hear him Some time later as foretold I flew over my handle bars cut an ugly trench through the drive in the rough shape of gangly idiot and embedded uite a few gravels in my forearm According to eyewitness accounts after the dust had settled I rolled onto my back took a deep breath and said “I think I need to go to the hospital”This book is a bit like that except without the stitches And a lot of high uality information on the individual components that go into creating the complex biochemical package which is capable of instantiating behavioral algorithms foolish enough to ignore the advice of their elders Yes it’s a dense book and if you’re not paying attention you might need to beat yourself with a belt in order to properly marshal your attentional resources Luckily Sapolsky is one of the smartest most interesting people on the planet so his witty anecdotes manage to guard the gutters pretty well —even if you’re like me who while under the intense scrutiny of your family during your first attempt at bowling uttered a silent prayer stormed ahead with that damnable cannonball and managed to granny toss that sumbitch into a completely different lane and skin your knees at the same time Not an easy feat I still maintain — rather than deflect from his inability to cogently explain why this book is so damn goodIt’s a fissile warhead containing enriched insights strapped to a precision ballistic missile that’s waiting to explode your facile understanding of human decision making and leave you screaming amid the burning wreckage of your considerable ignorance “WHY CAN’T ANYTHING BE SIMPLE”Immolate your overly simplistic notions of human behavior with this book