The Tangled Wing: Biological Constraints on the Human Spirit
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The Tangled Wing: Biological Constraints on the Human Spirit

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A vital updating of a seminal work of science
First published to great acclaim twenty years ago, The Tangled Wing has become required reading for anyone interested in the biological roots of human behavior. Since then, revolutions have taken place in genetics, molecular biology, and neuroscience. All of these innovations have been brought into account in this greatly expan...more
Paperback, 560 pages
Published February 1st 2003 by Holt Paperbacks (first published 1982)
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Bob Nichols
Konner's book (2nd edition) is a solid defense of the thesis that humans are animals and that human (biological) nature exists. Konner's long book has numerous highlights, including: (1) our biological makeup (DNA, molecules) contains information about the environment that helps us resist dissipation (disorder); (2) the goal of the struggle in Darwin's theory is not life, but reproductive success; (3) following Gould, the body possesses certain non-functional architecture (so long as it does not...more
Nov 10, 2013 Cheryl added it
I read what I could, this book was difficult for me. Left it with my friend Vicki when I went to Virginia this summer. This was just before I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, but I don't think it would have made a difference had I been already diagnosed. The book was on the reading list for my grad school class last fall; unfortunately the course of my disease has made it necessary to pull out of grad school and devote myself to healing. Perhaps when I feel better I will give it another go,...more
Konnor is an MD who focused on neurology and ended up teaching anthropology. He wrote this insightful book over 20 years ago and was so accurate in his assessment of human nature that the anniversary edition featured here saw little change to the text but for a few updates based on new archeological finds. Essential reading for students of human nature.
A book I managed to read in college and have since recommended to many. Konner is a good writer and covers his field well. I want to read the revised edition soon.
Steven Peterson
An interesting (albeit a bit uneven) effort to explain human behavior through a Darwinian prism.
A good book to explain the biological basis of behavior and passions in humanity.

Peter Flom
An outstanding look at human nature from an author who is not only learned but wise.
An astute examination of the biology of human behavior.
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One of Nate Hagen's favorite books.
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