"How wonderful to have a new TANGLED WING which incorporates the rich findings made in the last twenty years in the fields of evolutionary and behavioral biology. We find the same graceful writing as in the original classic and the same facility to clarify complex issues and to come to stimulating conclusions. Ernst Mayr, Professor Emeritus, Harvard University
"Indecently eleganta beautifully written book by any standardand it's about language, love, lust, learning and all the rest of our apes-and-beyond nature . Every behavioral biology topic reflects the enlightenment of the past two decades since this classic book first appeared." William H. Calvin, author of THE CEREBRAL CODE, co-author of LINGUA EX MACHINA and CONVERSATIONS WITH NEIL'S BRAIN
"The word 'masterpiece' almost never springs to mind about a work in biosocial science. It does about THE TANGLED WING. This is a jewel of virtuoso scholarship written with lustrous and punctilious warmth. It's a remarkable accomplishment." Lionel Tiger, Charles Darwin Professor of Anthropology, Rutgers University, author of THE DECLINE OF MALES
"Melvin Konner is. . . the nearest we have to a poet laureate of behavioral biology. This is an indispensable book." Robert Sapolsky, Stanford University, author of WHY ZEBRAS DON'T GET ULCERS and THE TROUBLE WITH TESTOSTERONE
"The Tangled Wing is a magnificent synthesis of the latest knowledge of biology, psychology, and anthropology. No one is better qualified than Melvin Konner to illuminate the complex workings of the mind. This volume should be on the bookshelf of anyone interested in human nature - - and who is not. " Aaron T. Beck, M.D., University Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania
"Mel Konner has a breath-taking set of skills. I do not think anyone else could have put together this synthesis, ranging from rigorous medicine, to cutting-edge psychology, to some funky field anthropology. He also has a rare command of language and knows how to tell a story. THE TANGLED WING is heavy-weight scholarship, rendered in an attractive and readable style." Mark Ridley, Professor of Zoology, Oxford University, author of MENDEL'S DEMON
"Mel Konner has taken on the most fundamental question-what is our nature?-and provided a beautifully written, original account, as broad as it is deep. It is rare for a book by a scientist to be a page-turner, but Konner keeps the reader ever alert to his rare insights and profound understanding of our nature. Konner joins Lewis, Gould, and Pinker-a scientist who can write, who teaches us without realizing we are being taught. Paul Ekman, Professor of Psychology, U. of California, San Francisco
This new edition of THE TANGLED WING updates and expands a seminal work on human nature. Mel Konner is a gifted synthesizer and a great teacher. . . Whether describing studies of single gene mutations or hunter-gatherer societies, he tells us not only what is known but what is not yet known and what may not be knowable. With clarity, insight, and, at times, poetry, he simultaneously explores and demonstrates the wonders of human nature. This is a superb book. Thomas Insel, M.D., Director, Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, Emory University
If you read the breathtaking first edition of THE TANGLED WING and were mesmerized, your pleasures have just begun. Now Konner does it again, with a vastly new account of our nature. Each sentence is a pleasure to read, and the powerful points he makes about the human condition can leave one sleepless. Michael Gazzaniga, David T. McLaughlin Distinguished Professor, Director, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Dartmouth College
In the great tradition of Charles Darwin and Thomas Henry Huxley, Konner updates the argument for a biological basis of the human mind and spirit with force , clarity and eloquence. J. Allan Hobson, Director of the Laboratory of Neurophysiology, Harvard Medical School, author of CONSCIOUSNESS
In the upcoming postgenomic era, linking basic biology and behavior is likely to be the most important challenge of the life sciences, demanding an ability to move with poetic creativity yet with rigor from the humanities to molecules. THE TANGLED WING is the finest such effort I have seen. Konner has penetrating insight into hitherto unappreciated difficulties of Darwinian and Skinnerian approaches to sociobiology. He comes up with novel, creative formulations. All of this in a volume that is as gripping as a mystery novel. Solomon H. Snyder, M.D., Director, Department of Neuroscience, School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins U.
". . .it is rare to find an author with a depth of knowledge in both the biological and social sciences, combined with superb writing skills sufficient to provide readers with a breathtaking new understanding of human behavior. Mel Konner did that twenty years ago in the first edition of THE TANGLED WING. The updated and revised edition of this book is an even greater achievement . . . . THE TANGLED WING is sure to be among the most important books published in the first decade of the new millennium. Alice S. Rossi, Harriet Martineau Professor Emeritas of Sociology, University of Massachusetts (Amherst)
Anyone, scholar or general reader, who is seriously interested in the human ought to engage this thorough revision of THE TANGLED WING. Konner's general erudition, his comprehensive research, his combination of deeply moral and humanistic sensitivity with scientific rigor, his wonderful prose, his critical analytical prowess, but most important his brilliant synthetic capacities provide a powerful and distinctive interpretation. This new version will, like the first, become a point of orientation for many persons in the coming decades. James M. Gustafson, Former Henry R. Luce Professor of Humanities and Comparative Studies, Emory University. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Although somewhat repetative at times, this book is, overall, enlightening.
Most of the book explores, as the subtitle suggests, the ways in which biology sets directions and limits for our behavior.
Anyone interested in not only neuroscience, but how people are and why they are that way should read this book.
This book was recommended to my by an anthropologist friend many years ago. It was instrumental in launching me on a multi-year study of evolutionary psychology and remains one of... Read morePublished 15 months ago by BisonOak
This is the single best summary I've found of research on human nature, combining biological/medical, evolutionary, anthropological, ethological, and psychological data. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Marti Steussy
I enjoyed this book immensely. However, one complaint I have is in his treatment of race. Other species can differ in any way according to "race" or groups, but man can differ... Read morePublished on April 6, 2010 by F. Cook
Rarely does one get the opportunity to read such an even-handed, intelligent -- dare I say, at points thoroughly enlightening -- book. Read morePublished on March 30, 2010 by Marcus Tullius Cicero
As a previous student of Dr. Konner and a student of Neuroscience and Psychology, I must say that over the years I have read many, many books on human behavior and this is the... Read morePublished on September 3, 2007 by michelle34
If I were asked to recommend only one book for everyone in the world to read, this would be the one. Read morePublished on May 26, 2007 by Jak Kornfilt
I also reccomend, even more highly, Darwinian Happiness by Bjorn Grinde to gain critical knowledge of understanding your genes and improving overall quality of ife.Published on June 13, 2004 by Brent Sykes