Konrad Lorenz, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1973, was an important 20th-century pioneer of ethology, the investigation of animal behavior in the wild. Here Am I--Where Are You?, all about geese, is ultimately a very human book and a fitting conclusion to a brilliant thinker's career.
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Two years after his death comes the English translation of what one is tempted to describe as Lorenz's goose song, his last formal statement on his beloved greylag geese. A lifetime of observation--which led to the important concepts of critical times in development, of imprinting and innate releasing mechanisms, of ``vacuum activity'' (in the absence of the releasing mechanism), and of the many complex variations and recombinations of behavior patterns or ``ethograms''--is summed up here in detailed descriptions of individual geese as well as in theoretical constructs. Why greylags? Lorenz says it's because when he was a child he wanted to be an owl, but reading Selma Lagerl”f's tale of wild geese convinced him that geese had more fun. Soon followed his first experience with a duckling who became imprinted on him--an event that in retrospect, Lorenz says, led to him being imprinted on birds forever. For the most part, the book is a primer on the behavior of these most social creatures (an isolated greylag is a cripple) with all the titillating tales of pair-bonding and breaking, of ardor and jealousy and hate that make critics cry ``anthropomorphism.'' Lorenz makes no bones about it: For him, geese are analogues to human behavior--their triumph ceremonies, their lamentation cries, their distance calls, and other complex vocal and motor behavior exemplify a philogenetic convergence in evolution. Like humans, geese are aggressive, struggle for rank, show ardor, bravery, and vengeance, are ever-mindful of their fellow creatures and ready to react. It's all told here in the deeply personal terms characteristic of this ardent Austrian. Gooselovers of the world, unite; this is the book for you. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. First published in German in 1988, this book not only represents the most complete investigation to date of the ethnology of a higher organism and its system, but is also in a sense a personal memoir of Lorenz (1903-1989), whose studies of graylag geese in Germany and Austria spanned almost his whole life. Beginning with some general observation on animal behavior studies and a discussion of his own methodology, Lorenz continues with life histories of typical birds and two ethograms cataloging individual and social behaviors, and concludes with a philosophical chapter on goose-human analogies. Not an easy book, but accessible to informed laypersons as well as trained biologists, it belongs in most science collections. Illustrated with color and b&w photos. Bookseller Inventory # 10817
Book Description Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, New York, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First American Edition. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1991. 288pp. photos, ills., 16 color photo plates. transl. by Robert D. Martin. Lorenz's many years of research on the social behavior of a particular flock of geese. habitat and Life Cycle, life histories of individuals studied, Ethograms and theoretical aspects. Analyses gestures, calls, reproductive behavior patterns. Index. Small remainder mark. First American Edition. Cloth. New/New. 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 007883
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