The human animal in all its fascinating quirks of nature is showcased in this thoughtful and entertaining essay collection from America's most beloved neurobiologist/primatologist.
In these essays — updated for this volume — Robert M. Sapolsky once again applies his curiosity, compassion, and generous insight into the human condition to make a case for the science of behavioral biology that tells us who we are, why we are, and how we are.
The first section, “Genes and Who We Are,” addresses the physiology of genes, featuring a dissertation on “The 50 Most Beautiful People in the World” and tackling the vital question: How did they wind up on the list? Another essay explains the invisible genetic warfare that takes place between men and women as they conceive a baby and that continues as the fetus develops. As Sapolsky says, “Warning: this essay does not make pleasant wedding-night reading.”
The second section, “Our Bodies and Who We Are,” focuses on our physical natures a…