The Tangled Wing: Biological Constraints on the Human Spirit

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Macmillan, 2003 - 540 páginas

A vital updating of a seminal work of science
First published to great acclaim twenty years ago, The Tangled Wing has become required reading for anyone interested in the biological roots of human behavior. Since then, revolutions have taken place in genetics, molecular biology, and neuroscience. All of these innovations have been brought into account in this greatly expanded edition of a book originally called an "overwhelming achievement" by The Times Literary Supplement.
A masterful synthesis of biology, psychology, anthropology, and philosophy, The Tangled Wing reveals human identity and activity to be an intricately woven fabric of innumerable factors. Melvin Konner's sensitive and straightforward discussion ranges across topics such as the roots of aggression, the basis of attachment and desire, the differences between the sexes, and the foundations of mental illness.

 

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Contenido

Foundations of a Science of Human Nature
1
The Quest for the Natural
3
Adaptation
11
The Crucible
29
The Fabric of Meaning
54
The Several Humours
71
The Beast with Two Backs
91
The Well of Feeling
120
Joy
236
Lust
259
Love
297
Grief
337
Gluttony
376
The Modification of Behavior CHAPTER 16 Change
405
The Invisible Galaxy
434
Human Nature and the Human Future
465

Logos
145
Of Human Frailty
173
Rage
175
Fear
204
The Prospect
467
The Tangled Wing
483
The Dawn of Wonder
485
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Melvin Konner, M.D., Ph.D., is the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Anthropology and an associate professor of neurology at Emory University. He is the author of Becoming a Doctor and Why the Reckless Survive and Other Secrets of Human Nature. A Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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