The Tangled Wing: Biological Constraints on the Human Spirit / Edition 2

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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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"How wonderful to have a new Tangled Wing which incorporates the rich findings made in the last twenty years in the fields of evolutionary and behavioral biology. We find the same graceful writing as in the original classic and the same facility to clarify complex issues and to come to stimulating conclusions."—Ernst Mayr, Professor Emeritus, Harvard University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805072792
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/8/2003
  • Edition description: Revised and Updated
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 692,883
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
A Prefatory Inquiry xiii
Part 1 Foundations of a Science of Human Nature
Chapter 1 The Quest for the Natural 3
Chapter 2 Adaptation 11
Chapter 3 The Crucible 29
Chapter 4 The Fabric of Meaning 54
Chapter 5 The Several Humours 71
Chapter 6 The Beast with Two Backs 91
Chapter 7 The Well of Feeling 120
Chapter 8 Logos 145
Part 2 Of Human Frailty
Chapter 9 Rage 175
Chapter 10 Fear 204
Chapter 11 Joy 236
Chapter 12 Lust 259
Chapter 13 Love 297
Chapter 14 Grief 337
Chapter 15 Gluttony 376
Part 3 The Modification of Behavior
Chapter 16 Change 405
Chapter 17 The Invisible Galaxy 434
Part 4 Human Nature and the Human Future
Chapter 18 The Prospect 467
Part 5 The Tangled Wing
Chapter 19 The Dawn of Wonder 485
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