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Behind the Mirror: A Search for a Natural History of Human Knowledge

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Nobel laureate Lorenz here investigates culture as a living system. From amoebas to humans, he traces the physiological mechanisms that direct behavior and thought. Translated by Ronald Taylor; Index. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book.
Paperback, 261 pages
Published September 11th 1978 by Mariner Books (first published 1973)
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Patrik Sahlstrøm
Jan 29, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a book about the theoretical framework for why it may be productive to consider society and culture as a living organism, and why that approach in studying it may lead to valuable insights. A point of view which I wholeheartedly agree with.

But the book is very badly written. It is highly obtuse and technical, possibly because these thoughts may have been very radical when they were proposed 40 years ago. Lorenz spends many pages "kicking in open doors", preemptivly countering objections
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real_Sandro
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A splendid introduction to ethology and a valuable manifesto for a modern natural philosophy.
Pasha
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: neuroscience
Life forms evolve from one to another with the increase in complexity. More advance forms of life are more successful in surviving since they create more accurate models of reality. Lorenz implies that human brain and human consciousness is nothing more than a part of this evolution. The next step of complexity is our culture. Lorenz describe a number of principles of brain functioning that are used by evolving systems to increase complexity and expand information-storage capacity.
Suellen Rubira
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Embora publicado no mesmo ano que O paradigma perdido, de Edgar Morin, Lorenz enfatiza mais toda a questão do aparato perceptivo das espécies mais simples até o homem para explicar como a cultura é influenciada pela biologia e como fenômenos culturais podem ser estudados de forma análoga a organismos vivos.
Nat Shirman
Oct 11, 2013 marked it as sciences
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Shelves: scientific, neuro
One of the best scientific books I have ever read.
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Why I am an animal. Bit more technical and less accessible than On Aggression.
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Konrad Zacharias Lorenz was an Austrian zoologist, ethologist, and ornithologist. He shared the 1973 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Nikolaas Tinbergen and Karl von Frisch. He is often regarded as one of the founders of modern ethology, developing an approach that began with an earlier generation, including his teacher Oskar Heinroth.
Lorenz studied instinctive behavior in animals, espec
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