Robert Sapolsky, Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 7:00pm

Bookshop Santa Cruz welcomes Robert Sapolsky and his highly anticipated new book Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst. Over a decade in the making, this game-changing book is Robert Sapolsky’s genre-shattering attempt to answer that question as fully as perhaps only he could, looking at it from every angle. Sapolsky’s storytelling concept is delightful but it also has a powerful intrinsic logic: he starts by looking at the factors that bear on a person’s reaction in the precise moment a behavior occurs, and then hops back in time from there, in stages, ultimately ending up at the deep history of our species and its genetic inheritance. 
 
This riveting book's result is one of the most dazzling tours de horizon of the science of human behavior ever attempted, a majestic synthesis that harvests cutting-edge research across a range of disciplines to provide a subtle and nuanced perspective on why we ultimately do the things we do…for good and for ill. Sapolsky builds on this understanding to wrestle with some of our deepest and thorniest questions relating to tribalism and xenophobia, hierarchy and competition, morality and free will, and war and peace. Wise, humane, often very funny, Behave is a towering achievement, powerfully humanizing, and downright heroic in its own right. 

Robert M. Sapolsky is the author of several works of nonfiction, including A Primate's MemoirThe 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.

"Please freeze, scream a little in the back of your throat, dance wildly, and rejoice with me over Robert Sapolsky’s new book on human behavior! A Stanford professor, lauded neuroendocrinologist, and one of the most brilliant minds in modern psychology, Sapolsky earned renown studying the physiological effects of stress. Now he tackles THE big why: Why do you do what you do?" — a.c., Bookshop Bookseller and Events Assistant

Behave is like a great historical novel, with excellent prose and encyclopedic detail. It traces the most important story that can ever be told.” —Edward O. Wilson

EVENT DETAILS: This free event will take place at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Open seating. Seats are generally set up one hour prior to the event's start time.

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$35.00
ISBN: 9781594205071
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Press - May 2nd, 2017

$35.00
SKU: S781594205071

If you can't join us for this event, you can still have a copy of Behave signed at the event. Books must be paid for in advance and can either be shipped or held for pick-up in the store. Internet orders must be placed by Sunday, May 28th. After that, please call the store to inquire about signed editions.


 

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