In Why the Reckless Survive, noted anthropologist and doctor Melvin Konner draws on more than 20 years of experience to explore some of the most intriguing questions about human nature today. He describes the latest findings in fields as disparate as moelcular genetics and sociobiology and explains human behavior in its many aspects.
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This collection of essays puts this reviewer in mind of the Beatles' ditty, "Her Majesty's a pretty nice girl, but she doesn't have a lot to say." Konner is a fine writer, but since publication of his genuinely original The Tangled Wing (LJ 9/15/82), he hasn't had much new to tell us about using Darwinian theory to explain human behavior. These essays recapitulate the work of others and strive relentlessly to fit them into the paradigm of sociobiology. But Konner works in a genre, the popularization of science, shaped by two giants, Stephen Jay Gould and Lewis Thomas, and his work seems somewhat ephemeral in contrast to theirs, which continues to enlighten and edify.
- Glenn Petersen, CUNY Graduate Center
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Nigerian tribal elders react to Hamlet , brain surgery is discussed and the relationship between psychosis and creativity is considered in an effort to distinguish between cultural conventions and instinctive responses. "Konner felicitously combines humor and a facility for viewing material in a wide perspective with the stuff of technology and biological science in these essays of unfailing interest," said PW.
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