Monkeyluv by Robert M. Sapolsky
And Other Essays on Our Lives as Animals

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How do imperceptibly small differences in the environment change one’s behavior? What is the anatomy of a bad mood? Does stress shrink our brains? What does People magazine’s list of America’s “50 Most Beautiful People” teach us about nature and nurture? What makes one organism sexy to another? What makes one orgasm different from another? Who will be the winner in the genetic war between the sexes?

Welcome to Monkeyluv, a curious and entertaining collection of essays about the human animal in all its fascinating variety, from McArthur fellow Robert M. Sapolsky, America’s most beloved neurobiologist/primatologist. Organized into three sections, each tackling a Big Question in natural science, Monkeyluv offers a lively exploration of the influence of genes and the environment on behavior; the social and political—and, of course, sexual—implications of behavioral biology; and society’s shaping of the individual. From the mating rituals of prairie dogs to the practice of religion in the rain forest, the secretion of pheromones to bugs in the brain, Sapolsky brilliantly synthesizes cutting-edge scientific research with wry, erudite observations about the complexity of being human. Thoughtful, engaging, and infused with pop-cultural insights, this collection will appeal to the inner monkey in all of us.

About Robert M. Sapolsky

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Robert M. Sapolsky is the author of several works of nonfiction, including A Primate's Memoir, The Trouble with Testosterone, and Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers. He is a professor of biology and neurology at Stanford University and the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation genius grant. He lives in San Francisco.
Published September 20, 2005 by Scribner. 224 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Literature & Fiction, Science & Math, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Contrariwise, he details the extraordinary resilience of exported cultural baggage into new surroundings, as when a desert mind-set is plunked down in the Alps (though the rain forest mind-set appears to be less hardy when uprooted, perhaps because its peaceful-through-bounty nature is given a go...

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After years spent getting to know baboons, Robert M. Sapolsky turns his curiosity on their cousins.

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