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Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize From the man who Oliver Sacks hailed as one of the best scientistwriters of our time a collection of sharply observed uproariously funny essays on the biology of human culture and behaviorIn the tradition of Stephen Jay Gould and Oliver Sacks Robert Sapolsky offers a sparkling and erudite collection of essays about science the world an This is a very informative and thought provoking collection of essays that collectively enrich the fascinating discussion of how nature and nature intersect to shape and influence human behavior personality and beliefs The author has presented a significant amount of scientific study in a way that is not only very accessible for the lay person but on many occasions punctuated with a most welcome sense of humor Only reason for four versus five stars is that some of the analogies andor anecdotes that initiate a given chapter do not have a particularly strong or pertinent connection to the specific chapter s central thesis or core premise

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The Trouble With Testosterone: And Other Essays On The Biology Of The Human Predicament

D our relation to both The Trouble with Testosterone explores the influence of that notorious hormone on male aggression Curious Georges Pharmacy reexamines recent exciting claims that wild primates know how to medicate themselves with forest plants Junk Food Monkeys relates the adventures of a troop of baboons who stumble upon a tourist garbage dump And Circling the Blanket for G In The Truth About Testosterone Robert Sapolsky combines his knowledge and experience in biology and neuroscience to make sense of certain human behavior patterns and biological reactions The chapter on testosterone dispels many myths surrounding the impact of this hormone on aggression Experiments have shown that increase in testosterone level as high as 3 4 times the norm for example does not alter human behavior in a noticeable way An increase of 10 times is accompanied by a marked increase in aggressive behavior When adult test subjects are castrated aggressive behavior disappears When testosterone levels are reverted to their original levels aggressive behavior returns to its previous intensity levelSapolsky saves the best for last in the chapter on Circling the Blanket for God He discusses a controversial take on the origins of religion and asks the reader to either stop reading at that point if heshe finds the material offensive or finish the chapter if heshe chooses to continueSapolsky s writing is easy to understand and his ideas are thought provoking This is definitely an educational as well as an entertaining piece of work

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Od examines the neurobiological roots underlying religious belief Drawing on his career as an evolutionary biologist and neurobiologist Robert Sapolsky writes about the natural world vividly and insightfully With candor humor and rich observations these essays marry cutting edge science with humanity illuminating the interconnectedness of the worlds inhabitants with skill and flai Il testo diviso in sezioni spesso saggi raccolti e non frutto di una sola trattazione da inizio a fineCi nonostante chi dovesse conoscere il saggista e lo scienziato Robert Sapolsky non rimarr deluso Chi invece non lo dovesse conoscere scoprir uno scrittore suggestivo intrigante e molto colto che lo condurr attraverso la biologia la neurobiologia la biochimica e la psicologiaCompleta bene le opere di Sapolsky Andrebbe letto assieme a Perch alle zebre non viene l ulcera e L uomo bestiale Come l ambiente e i geni costruiscono la nostra identit perch sia per tema che per aderenza argomentativa risulta incastrarsi perfettamente assieme a uesti dueIl linguaggio semplice ma non banale Da studente di medicina lo apprezzo per le connessioni tra lo studio e la materia di studio Da ordinario lettore lo apprezzo perch assieme ad altri pochi altri un comunicatore d avanguardia Colma un gap che si avvertiva nelle neuroscienzeConsigliato sia a chi gi studia nel suo campo sia chi pur non studiandone ne semplicemente incuriosito


13 thoughts on “The Trouble With Testosterone: And Other Essays On The Biology Of The Human Predicament

  1. says:

    This was a fascinating read I read the whole book in one day and then purchased his other book Behave immediately afterwards Truth be told Sapolsky's personality at times bothered me which is no surprise since he is known for sometimes 'leaking' bits and pieces of what appears to be some kind of political agenda or bias Alas these grumblings really do seem to be genuine observations and parallels he has drawn

  2. says:

    This is a very informative and thought provoking collection of essays that collectively enrich the fascinating discussion of how nature and nature intersect to shape and influence human behavior personality and beliefs The author has presented a significant amount of scientific study in a way that is not only very accessible for the lay person but on many occasions punctuated with a most welcome sense of humor Only re

  3. says:

    Sapolsky may be the best neuroscience writer alive with the demise of O Sacks Sapolsky's magnum opus is Why Zebras Don't get Ulcers dealing with stressanxiety in the Keekorok baboon troop that he and his grad students have studied in the Masai Mara for almost 3 decades But that entertaining book may be a little long and

  4. says:

    Is it possible for a man who has won a MacArthur genius grant to be underappreciated Reading this set of essays I have to wonder why Sapolsky is not as widely read and commented on as Dawkins Sacks Gleick and those other few at the absolute pinnacle of popular science writingThe tales here cover his familiar subjects the mind and emotions one is tempted to say the soul stress and our reactions and how brain che

  5. says:

    In The Truth About Testosterone Robert Sapolsky combines his knowledge and experience in biology and neuroscience to make sense of certain human behavior patterns and biological reactions The chapter on testosterone dispels many myths surrounding the impact of this hormone on aggression Experiments have shown that increase in test

  6. says:

    This is honestly a bit engaging that his other book Why Don't Zebras Get Ulcers That book falls into a very mechanical description of physiological responses to stress which while informative lack the real punch that come with the insights he draws on here from his experience in primatology psychology etc

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    Wide ranging in topics this book induces self inspection and a reassessment of how one fits into the World The wry humor enlivens the book forcing one to explain to one’s spouse the cause of the wild guffaws that woke h

  8. says:

    As Sapolsky says everyone should have this knowledge It’s like an instruction book for humans

  9. says:

    Il testo è diviso in sezioni spesso saggi raccolti e non frutto di una sola trattazione da inizio a fineCiònonostante chi dovesse conoscere il saggista e lo scienziato Robert Sapolsky non rimarrà deluso Chi invece non lo dovesse conoscere scoprirà uno scrittore suggestivo intrigante e molto colto che lo cond

  10. says:

    L'autore è veramente molto molto competente Oltre ad essere uno dei massimi esperti nell'ambito della biologia e delle neuroscienze è anche un ottimo scrittore Libro che scorre piacevolmente e che trasmette importanti informazioni sulla me

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    Ok

  12. says:

    Excellent writing and a mine of knowledge and good old common sense

  13. says:

    Si l'anglais ne vous rebute pas Ce livre ouvre les portes d'un monde de compréhension du nous en tant u'animaux