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This work has had significant impact on the social and biological sciences and is now a classic point of reference for investigations of behavioral patterns. Lorenz presents his findings on the mechanism of aggression and how animals control destructive drives in the interest of the species. Translated by Marjorie Kerr Wilson. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book
About the Author
Konrad Lorenz (1903-89). Pioneering and world-renowned scientist of animal behaviour. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine and Psychology in 1973.
Table of Contents
1.Prologue in the Sea
2.Coral Fish in the Laboratory
3.What Aggression is Good For
4.The Spontaneity of Aggression
5.Habit, Ritual, and Magic
6.The Great Parliament of Instincts
7.Behavioral Analogies to Morality
8.Anonymity of the Flock
9.Social Organization without Love
12.On the Virtue of Humility
14.Avowal of Optimism
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A lifetime of thinking, research, and observation clearly went into creating this marvelous book. I like it when someone clearly cares about what he's doing, engrosses himself in his work, possibly to the point of obsession. This may well describe Lorenz and this classic book, who defends Darwin and to some degree Freud, among others. Not just about his first hand observations of animals and his interpretation of their behavior, the book extends its scope to include philosophy and history, especially the evolutionary underpinnings of human history. It is rich in detail and very well written. A must read for anyone who cares about the past and future of living things on this planet.