As a professor of biology and neuroscience at Stanford and a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant," Robert Sapolsky carries impressive credentials. Best of all, he's a gifted writer who possesses a delightfully devilish sense of humor. In these essays, which range widely but mostly focus on the relationships between biology and human behavior, hard and intricate science is handled with a deft touch that makes it accessible to the general reader. In one memorable piece, Sapolsky compares the fascination with tabloid TV to behavior he's observed among wild African baboons. "Rubber necks," notes the professor, "seem to be a common feature of the primate order." In the title essay of The Trouble with Testosterone, Sapolsky ruminates on the links, real or perceived, between that hormone and aggression. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Ask fans of popular science to name the best science essayists today, and the name of Sapolsky should not immediately come to mind. This book should help to change that. Sapolsky, a biologist at Stanford and a contributor to Discover magazine, writes on the biological aspects of human behavior. Subjects in this provocative and highly literate collection include male aggression, the onset of puberty, the psychology of guilt, and possible connections between madness and religious experience. The author implicitly invites readers to ponder two recurring themes: there are no simple answers to questions of why people act the way they do, and even the most deviant behaviors can be seen as "normal" behaviors taken to extremes. This book offers lots to think about. Highly recommended.?Gregg Sapp, Univ. of Miami Lib., Coral Gables, Fla.
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Fascinating insights into human behavior as influenced by our biology. Dr. Sapolsky is a delightful communicator, with vast knowledge and a sprightly sense of humor. Fun reading.Published 2 months ago by J. Beck
This is honestly a bit more engaging that his other book, Why Don't Zebras Get Ulcers? That book falls into a very mechanical description of physiological responses to stress... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Anyong
There was one good chapter in the book - the one about Testosterone. I think the author has the Phd disease - he just thinks too much of his own opinions. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Karl
Although his tone can be haughty and arch, Sapolsky's lively prose and self-critical openness help keep one reading his fascinating insights into current biological understandings... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
As always, Sapolsky excels. He writes technical books like travelogues and this makes them a pleasure to read.Published 5 months ago by Roger Price
Once again he makes science available to a non scientist and I loved every bit. I truly think he is one of the greatest scientist ever.Published 5 months ago by Dustin Romans