Design for a Life: How Biology and Psychology Shape Human Behavior

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Simon and Schuster, 2001 - Psychology - 271 pages
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Why Every Human Being Is Unique

Where does our behavior come from? Is it true that "genes will out"?
What makes someone a genius, a leader, a psychopath?

Patrick Bateson and Paul Martin take on these difficult questions and offer answers that differ sharply from the views expressed in books on sociobiology and evolutionary psychology, such as those by E. O. Wilson and Steven Pinker. Written for the nonscientist, "Design for a Life" clearly portrays the dual influence of environment and genetics in the creation of an individual. Examples are taken from research studies, but the scientific concepts are enlivened throughout by stories of real-life figures and quotations from literature.

A stimulating new perspective on the origins of human behavior, "Design for a Life" illustrates the ways in which our behavior and personalities are shaped by the combined actions of genes and environment through a synthesis of nature and nurture. At once erudite and entertaining, this remarkable book presents groundbreaking insight into human nature.

 

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Contents

The Developmental Kitchen
9
The Sparks of Nature
42
Cooking Behavior
62
The Great Blueprint Fallacy Genes Make Proteins
76
Alternative Lives
100
Chance and Choice
117
Sensitive Periods
133
Morning Shows the Day
154
Room 101
167
Everything to Play For
182
Sex Beauty and Incest
198
This Strange Eventful History
219
Acknowledgments
233
Further Reading
253
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Patrick Bateson is Professor of Behavioral Biology at Cambridge University and Provost of King's College, Cambridge, England, where he lives.

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