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The Trouble With Testosterone: And Other Essays On The Biology Of The Human Predicament Paperback – April 24, 1998
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The tales here cover his familiar subjects: the mind and emotions (one is tempted to say the soul), stress and our reactions, and how brain chemistry effects us every day. He also relates anecdotes from his baboon observations, and in the most touching essay talks about his father's life and death. The essays are gathered from several years and several magazines and each stands on its own...there is no particular theme beyond the aforementioned subject matter. The best is probably about how we sometimes take on the identity of another: illustrated by an anecdote where he watched Stephen Hawking give a lecture "through" the voice and body of a vigorous young graduate student, and Sapolsky's own odd reaction to his father's death. It is interesting, mildly disturbing and raises some ideas about individuality I certainly had never considered. In another essay, Sapolsky describes why so many illnesses have the same symptoms (its because it is our own immune systems that make us feel so crummy). Elsewhere he draws parallels betweens kids going off to college and male baboons switching tribes, and in yet another essay compares aging in baboons and humans.
So, should you read this book?
"Yes", if you have read other Sapolsky books and are looking for more.
"Yes", if you have heard about Sapolsky and want an introduction before diving into one of the larger works (though I still think 'A Primate's Memoir' is the best place to start).
"Yes", if you are interested in the brain and/or like good science writing.
M. Sapolsky's approach is thoughtful and addresses not only some of the really nifty developments in the field, but also some of the thorny philosophical issues arising from what we think we know (and what we thought we knew but didn't). Whether discussing the social interactions of aging baboons, the extent to which testosterone does not affect aggression, an important difference between 1/2 and (1/4 + 1/4), or the risks in deciding too readily what is normal, M. Sapolsky usually has something interesting to say, and for the most part says it well.
The Trouble with Testosterone is a keeper on my bookshelf.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thank you for carrying Sapolsky's books at a discount -- what a funny and curious read!Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
exactly what I needed and saved me a few bucks. arrived in better condition than I expectedPublished 10 months ago by Student
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 13 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 13 months ago by Anyong