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Monkeyluv And Other Essays on Our Lives as Animals

ISBN-10: 0743260163
ISBN-13: 9780743260169
Edition: 2006
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List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 10/10/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

How do imperceptibly small differences in the environment change one's behavior? What is the anatomy of a bad mood? Does stress shrink our brains? What doesPeoplemagazine's list of America's "50 Most Beautiful People" teach us about nature and nurture? What makes one organism sexy to another? What makes one orgasm different from another? Who will be the winner in the genetic war between the sexes? Welcome toMonkeyluv, a curious and entertaining collection of essays about the human animal in all its fascinating variety, from Robert M. Sapolsky, America's most beloved neurobiologist/primatologist. Organized into three sections, each tackling a Big Question in natural science,Monkeyluvoffers a lively exploration of the influence of genes and the environment on behavior; the social and political -- and, of course, sexual -- implications of behavioral biology; and society's shaping of the individual. From the mating rituals of prairie dogs to the practice of religion in the rain forest, the secretion of pheromones to bugs in the brain, Sapolsky brilliantly synthesizes cutting-edge scientific research with wry, erudite observations about the enormous complexity of simply being human. Thoughtful, engaging, and infused with pop-cultural insights, this collection will appeal to the inner monkey in all of us.

Robert M. Sapolsky is a Professor of Biology & Neurology at Stanford & a Research Associate with the Institute of Primate Research, National Museums of Kenya. He is the author of "The Trouble with Testosterone" & "Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers", both Los Angeles Times Book Award finalists. A regular contributor to Discover & The Sciences & a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation genius grant, Sapolsky lives in San Francisco, California.

Author's Note
Acknowledgments
Genes and Who We Are
Introduction
Nature or Nurture? "The 50 Most Beautiful People in the World" Assess the Source of Their Good Looks (Discover, 2000)
A Gene for Nothing (Discover, 1997)
Genetic Hyping (The Sciences, 2000)
The Genetic War Between Men and Women (Discover, 1999)
Of Mice and (Hu)Men Genes (Natural History, 2004)
Antlers of Clay (Natural History, 2001)
Our Bodies and Who We Are
Introduction
Why Are Dreams Dreamlike? (Discover, 2001)
Anatomy of a Bad Mood (Men's Health, 2003)
The Pleasure (and Pain) of "Maybe" (Natural History)
Stress and Your Shrinking Brain (Discover, 1999)
Bugs in the Brain (Scientific American, 2003)
Nursery Crimes (The Sciences, 1999)
Society and Who We Are
Introduction
How the Other Half Heals (Discover, 1998)
The Cultural Desert (Discover, 2005)
Monkeyluv (The Sciences, 1998)
Revenge Served Warm (Natural History, 2002)
Why We Want Their Bodies Back (Discover, 2002)
Open Season (The New Yorker, 1998)

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