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The Tangled Wing: Biological Constraints on…

The Tangled Wing: Biological Constraints on the Human Spirit (1982)

by Melvin Konner

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All bibles or sacred codes have been the causes of the following errors:
1. That man has two real existing principles: viz: a body & a soul.
2. That energy, called evil, is alone from the body: & that reason, called good, is alone from the soul.
3. That God will torment man in eternity for following his energies.

But the following contraries to these are true:
1. Man has no body distinct from his soul; for that called body is a portion of soul discerned by the five senses, the chief inlets of soul in this age.
2, Energy is the only life, and is from the body; and reason is the bound or outward circumferance of energy.
3. Energy is eternal delight.

-- William Blake, "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell," 1790
To Herbert Perluck and Irven DeVore, and to the memory of Doctor Julian Gomez
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Why we are what we are, why we do what we do, why we feel what we feel; thse questions have been on the minds of philosophers and theologians, medical men and medicine men, actors, diplomats, poets and, of course, scientists, beginning with the first glimmer of human thought itself. (A Prefatory Inquiry)
Rousseau was not the first, nor even, probably, the most naive.
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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 expanded edition of a book originally called an "overwhelming achievement" by The Times Literary Supplement.
A masterful synthesis of biology, psychology, anthropology, and philosophy, The Tangled Wing reveals human identity and activity to be an intricately woven fabric of innumerable factors. Melvin Konner's sensitive and straightforward discussion ranges across topics such as the roots of aggression, the basis of attachment and desire, the differences between the sexes, and the foundations of mental illness.

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A perceptive study of human biology focuses specifically on the biological basis of human emotion and human behavior, connecting the basic emotions to their physiological sources.

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