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Answer by false50


Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst


Behave explains how neurochemical and genetic factors cause the best and worst behaviours of our species.


  1. Self-contained: Behave provides the necessary background knowledge in neuroscience, endocrinology, and biochemistry through apendices.
  2. Good narrative: despite discussing complex scientific topics the author has organised the material into a narrative structure that makes the book feel more like a novel than a textbook.
  3. Evidence-based: all scientific claims have appropriate citations and cases of conflicting credit are appropriately discussed.
  4. Connects theory and practice: reading Behave teaches one about genetics and endicronology while connecting these concepts to cognitive biases and group behaviour.


  1. One dense book: despite presenting all the necessary background information it takes a significant amount of effort to go through it all and understand it for a reader without a background in the field.

Note that this post mostly does not justify and explain its statements. I document my thinking, sources and analysis extensively elsewhere, little of this should be new.

This is my first encounter with your writing, could you or someone else recommend a starting point that does justify and explain these statements?