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Roots of Human Behavior | [The Great Courses]

Roots of Human Behavior

While human history is usually studied from the perspective of a few hundred years, anthropologists consider deeper causes for the ways we act. Now, in these 12 engrossing lectures, you'll join an expert anthropologist as she opens an enormous window of understanding for you into the thrilling legacy left by our primate past. In these lectures, you'll investigate a wealth of intriguing, provocative questions about our past and our relationship to primates.
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While human history is usually studied from the perspective of a few hundred years, anthropologists consider deeper causes for the ways we act. Now, in these 12 engrossing lectures, you'll join an expert anthropologist as she opens an enormous window of understanding for you into the thrilling legacy left by our primate past. In these lectures, you'll investigate a wealth of intriguing, provocative questions about our past and our relationship to primates. Are language and technology unique to humans? Have human love and loyalty developed from emotions of our primate cousins? Do the ways in which human males and females relate to each other come from our primate past? Have we inherited a biological tendency for aggression? How much of our behavioral, cognitive, and cultural identity have we inherited from our closest living relatives? How can the study of monkeys and apes lead us to a fuller picture of who we are?

Along the way, you'll learn about the landmark moment in the 1960s when dramatic new findings about apes changed the way we thought about ourselves; you'll look back to a forest in Africa, millions of years ago, when a generalized great ape ancestor split into distinct lineages, then evolved and divided further to create our closest living relatives, and human beings; you'll journey to Asia and the New World, where other anthropoid primates followed their own evolutionary course, separate from the human lineage, yet still connected in important ways; and much more.This thorough and critical examination of our diverse primate roots will allow you to finally see our human family in an entirely new light.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.


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    "Great introduction"
    What did you love best about Roots of Human Behavior?

    Context to explain in the last chapter the human behavior


    What about Professor Barbara J. King’s performance did you like?

    Very good and entusiastic


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    All chapters


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    Richard 05-02-15
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    "Strong feminist bias"

    Be prepared for almost no mention of males role in primate society. The authors voice is rather annoying.

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  • MarianaO
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    "Very enjoyable, presented in a very relateable way"
    Would you listen to Roots of Human Behavior again? Why?

    Truly enjoyed every moment. Interesting, engaging and very informative!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Lecturer gave very simple example of complex theories making it easier to relate to the information delivered.


    What does Professor Barbara J. King bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Her presentation is exceptional, she allows the listener time to take in what she is discussing .


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    no, it just impressed the hell out of me


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  • Anne Robson
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    Well structured and clear presentation. Taking you through a series of interlinked lenses, we are shown how the study of anthropoids, our closest ape relatives, can help us to understand human behaviour, tool use, sex differences, language, sociality and culture. Very enjoyable learning experience.

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