Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst by Robert M. Sapolsky free download

Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst by Robert M. Sapolsky free download

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Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst by Robert M. Sapolsky free download.

A New York Times Bestseller.

“It’s no exaggeration to say that Behave is one of the best nonfiction books I’ve ever read.” — David P. Barash, The Wall Street Journal

“A quirky, opinionated and magisterial synthesis of psychology and neurobiology…Darwin would have been thrilled.” – Richard Wrangham, The New York Times Book Review

From the celebrated neurobiologist and primatologist, a landmark, genre-defining examination of human behavior, both good and bad, and an answer to the question: Why do we do the things we do?

Sapolsky’s storytelling concept is delightful but it also has a powerful intrinsic logic: he starts by looking at the factors that bear on a person’s reaction in the precise moment a behavior occurs, and then hops back in time from there, in stages, ultimately ending up at the deep history of our species and its evolutionary legacy.

And so the first category of explanation is the neurobiological one. A behavior occurs–whether an example of humans at our best, worst, or somewhere in between. What went on in a person’s brain a second before the behavior happened? Then Sapolsky pulls out to a slightly larger field of vision, a little earlier in time: What sight, sound, or smell caused the nervous system to produce that behavior? And then, what hormones acted hours to days earlier to change how responsive that individual is to the stimuli that triggered the nervous system? By now he has increased our field of vision so that we are thinking about neurobiology and the sensory world of our environment and endocrinology in trying to explain what happened.

Sapolsky keeps going: How was that behavior influenced by structural changes in the nervous system over the preceding months, by that person’s adolescence, childhood, fetal life, and then back to his or her genetic makeup? Finally, he expands the view to encompass factors larger than one individual. How did culture shape that individual’s group, what ecological factors millennia old formed that culture? And on and on, back to evolutionary factors millions of years old.

The result is one of the most dazzling tours d’horizon of the science of human behavior ever attempted, a majestic synthesis that harvests cutting-edge research across a range of disciplines to provide a subtle and nuanced perspective on why we ultimately do the things we do…for good and for ill. Sapolsky builds on this understanding to wrestle with some of our deepest and thorniest questions relating to tribalism and xenophobia, hierarchy and competition, morality and free will, and war and peace. Wise, humane, often very funny, Behave is a towering achievement, powerfully humanizing, and downright heroic in its own right.

 

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The Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World by Abigail Tucker pdf free download

The Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World by Abigail Tucker pdf free download

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The Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World by Abigail Tucker pdf free download.

“By turns funny and disturbing, The Lion in the Living Room is full of surprises. Like all the best nonfiction, it will make you think twice about the world around you.” —Elizabeth Kolbert, bestselling author of The Sixth Extinction

“Dig deep into the history, biology, and science of house cats in this charming, highly informative read that explains how cats came to rule.” B&N Reads

“Eminently readable and gently funny, Tucker’s blend of pop science and social commentary will appeal to cat lovers as well as a broad general audience with an interest in natural history.” —Library Journal (starred review)

A lively adventure through history, natural science, and pop culture in search of how cats conquered the world, the Internet, and our hearts.

House cats rule back alleys, deserted Antarctic islands, and our bedrooms. Clearly, they own the Internet, where a viral cat video can easily be viewed upwards of ten million times. But how did cats accomplish global domination? Unlike dogs, they offer humans no practical benefit. The truth is they are sadly incompetent rat-catchers and pose a threat to many ecosystems. Yet, we love them still.

To better understand these furry strangers in our midst, Abby Tucker travels to meet the breeders, activists, and scientists who’ve dedicated their lives to cats. She visits the labs where people sort through feline bones unearthed from the first human settlements, treks through the Floridian wilderness in search of house cats on the loose, and hangs out with Lil Bub, one of the world’s biggest feline celebrities.

Witty, intelligent, and always curious, Tucker shows how these tiny creatures have used their relationship with humans to become one of the most powerful animals on the planet. The appropriate reaction to a cuddly kitten, it seems, might not be aww but awe.

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The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from a Secret World by Peter Wohlleben, Tim Flannery free download

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from a Secret World by Peter Wohlleben, Tim Flannery free download

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“A paradigm-smashing chronicle of joyous entanglement that will make you acknowledge your own entanglement in the ancient and ever-new web of being.”—Charles Foster, author ofBeing a Beast

Are trees social beings? In this international bestseller, forester and author Peter Wohlleben convincingly makes the case that, yes, the forest is a social network. He draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families: tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers. Wohlleben also shares his deep love of woods and forests, explaining the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in his woodland.

After learning about the complex life of trees, a walk in the woods will never be the same again.

Includes a Note From a Forest Scientist, by Dr.Suzanne Simard

Review

“The matter-of-fact Mr. Wohlleben has delighted readers and talk-show audiences alike with the news — long known to biologists — that trees in the forest are social beings.”
Sally McGrane, The New York Times

“This fascinating book will intrigue readers who love a walk through the woods”—Publishers Weekly

“If you read this book, I believe that forests will become magical places for you, too.”
Tim Flannery

“In this spirited exploration, [Wohlleben] guarantees that readers will never look at these life forms in quite the same way again.”
Library Journal

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Anatomy of Movement by Blandine Calais-Germain pdf free download

Anatomy of Movement by Blandine Calais-Germain pdf free download

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Anatomy of Movement presents a dynamic, integrated approach to the study of the physical structures of the musculoskeletal system and their functional relationship to the movements of the human body. In clear and concise text illustrated with more than a thousand graphic drawings, the author guides the reader on a lively tour of the muscles, bones, ligaments and joints of the arms, legs and trunk. The focus throughout the book is on anatomy not for its own sake, but in its functional relationship to the actual movements of the body in dance, exercise, and other physical disciplines. In this newly-revised edition, a majority of the thousand-plus illustrations are new or have been modified by the author from the original edition. The text has also been updated, and the sequencing of the presentation of the musculoskeletal anatomy has been revised in part.

Review

We actively encourage all members of the Romana s Pilates® instructor network, as well as trainees in our instructor training program, to read this book. We believe it s a great source of information to heighten one s understanding and awareness of how the body moves. –Daria Pace, Instructor Trainer, Romana s Pilates®

This work is truly by one who understands movement. Calais-Germain shows her respect for the logic of human anatomy and biomechanics, and reveals her experience in dance. The text is a necessity for all dance teachers and students in their pursuit of further knowledge of the art form. –Moira McCormack, MSc, MCSP, SRP, Lecturer in Anatomy, Royal Academy of Dance

Our students love it! The consistent sequencing of information about each body region helps students develop a thinking process about that part, i.e., ‘This is how it’s put together, so this is how it works.’ –Pat Archer, M.S., L.M.P., A.T.C., Director of Education, Brenneke School of Massage, Seattle

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Genetics: A Conceptual Approach by Benjamin Pierce pdf free download

Genetics: A Conceptual Approach by Benjamin Pierce pdf free download

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With Genetics: A Conceptual Approach, Ben Pierce brings a master teacher’s experiences to the introductory genetics textbook, clarifying this complex subject by focusing on the big picture of genetics concepts and how those concepts connect to one another.

The new edition features Pierce’s signature writing style, relevant applications, student-friendly art, and emphasis on problem-solving, while incorporating the latest trends in genetics research. The new edition text and LaunchPad media work closely together for a seamless experience for both instructors and students.

What’s in the LaunchPad
This book explains concepts very well. It’s almost like having the professor there with you. ( Of course, There were times when I would have to reread certain sections slowly- I am a fast reader- however if you take your time and read this book carefully the information will become clearer each time) . If you are taking genetics, I would suggest purchasing/ renting this book. They also have a solutions manual which has the answers to the end of chapter questions! My professor used questions very similar to the end of chapter questions!
Easy to comprehend and very helpful in class. Gives all information needed to get a great grade in your class and can serve as a reference for more than just Genetics. Easy read. Very helpful real-world discussions as well within most, if not all, chapters. Would recommend this book to anyone who needs reference on Genetics.
Great book. I learned so much out of this textbook and I will be reading it over and over to keep the information fresh. Helps with some stuff I do at my job.
Great textbook. In excellent condition upon download.

It helped me a lot in my college work.

Very good download.

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The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins pdf free download

The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins pdf free download

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The million copy international bestseller, critically acclaimed and translated into over 25 languages.

As influential today as when it was first published, The Selfish Gene has become a classic exposition of evolutionary thought. Professor Dawkins articulates a gene’s eye view of evolution – a view giving centre stage to these persistent units of information, and in which organisms can be seen as vehicles for their replication. This imaginative, powerful, and stylistically brilliant work not only brought the insights of Neo-Darwinism to a wide audience, but galvanized the biology community, generating much debate and stimulating whole new areas of research. Forty years later, its insights remain as relevant today as on the day it was published.

This 40th anniversary edition includes a new epilogue from the author discussing the continuing relevance of these ideas in evolutionary biology today, as well as the original prefaces and foreword, and extracts from early reviews.

Oxford Landmark Science books are ‘must-read’ classics of modern science writing which have crystallized big ideas, and shaped the way we think.

Review

“Dawkins first book, The Selfish Gene, was a smash hit…Best of all, Dawkins laid out this biology-some of it truly subtle-in stunningly lucid prose. (It is, in my view, the best work of popular science ever written.)” New York Review of Books
“This important book could hardly be more exciting.” The Economist
“The sort of popular science writing that makes the reader feel like a genius.” New York Times
“Who should read this book? Everyone interested in the universe and their place in it.” –Jeffrey R. Baylis, Animal Behaviour
“This book should be read, can be read, by almost everyone. It describes with great skill a new face of the theory of evolution.”–W. D. Hamilton, Science

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The Beekeeper’s Handbook by Diana Sammataro, Alphonse Avitabile pdf free download

The Beekeeper's Handbook by Diana Sammataro, Alphonse Avitabile pdf free download

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Since 1973, tens of thousands of first-time and experienced beekeepers alike have relied on The Beekeeper’s Handbook as the best single-volume guide to the hobby and profession of beekeeping. Featuring clear descriptions and authoritative content, this handbook provides step-by-step directions accompanied by more than 100 illustrations for setting up an apiary, handling bees, and working throughout the season to maintain a healthy colony of bees and a generous supply of honey. This book explains the various colony care options and techniques, noting advantages and disadvantages, so that beekeepers can make the best choices for their own hives.

This fourth edition has been thoroughly redesigned, expanded, updated, and revised to incorporate the latest information on Colony Collapse Disorder, green IPM methods, regional overwintering protocols, and procedures for handling bees and managing diseases and pests such as African honey bees and bee mites. The book explains not only how but also why each step is part of the transformative process that results in the magnificent creation of honey. This essential guide is a beekeeper’s most valuable resource.

Colony Collapse Disorder has renewed our recognition of the importance of small-scale beekeeping and the critical role of bees in the production of our food supply. For the growing number of beekeepers looking to set up hives for either a rewarding hobby or a profitable commercial enterprise, this updated and revised essential how-to guide includes:

• step-by-step directions for all stages from setting up an apiary to harvesting honey;
• approximately 100 illustrations featuring techniques, equipment, and bee biology;
• information about how to manage new pests and diseases including Colony Collapse Disorder;
• coverage of new trends and changes in beekeeping including green IPM techniques and new laws for urban beekeeping;
• the most up-to-date bibliography and list of resources on the topic; and
• a new user-friendly book design that clearly highlights instructions and other important features.

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Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal free download

Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal free download

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A New York Times Bestseller

From world-renowned biologist and primatologist Frans de Waal, a groundbreaking work on animal intelligence destined to become a classic.

What separates your mind from an animal’s? Maybe you think it’s your ability to design tools, your sense of self, or your grasp of past and future―all traits that have helped us define ourselves as the planet’s preeminent species. But in recent decades, these claims have eroded, or even been disproven outright, by a revolution in the study of animal cognition. Take the way octopuses use coconut shells as tools; elephants that classify humans by age, gender, and language; or Ayumu, the young male chimpanzee at Kyoto University whose flash memory puts that of humans to shame. Based on research involving crows, dolphins, parrots, sheep, wasps, bats, whales, and of course chimpanzees and bonobos, Frans de Waal explores both the scope and the depth of animal intelligence. He offers a firsthand account of how science has stood traditional behaviorism on its head by revealing how smart animals really are, and how we’ve underestimated their abilities for too long.

People often assume a cognitive ladder, from lower to higher forms, with our own intelligence at the top. But what if it is more like a bush, with cognition taking different forms that are often incomparable to ours? Would you presume yourself dumber than a squirrel because you’re less adept at recalling the locations of hundreds of buried acorns? Or would you judge your perception of your surroundings as more sophisticated than that of a echolocating bat? De Waal reviews the rise and fall of the mechanistic view of animals and opens our minds to the idea that animal minds are far more intricate and complex than we have assumed. De Waal’s landmark work will convince you to rethink everything you thought you knew about animal―and human―intelligence.

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Anatomy and Physiology For Dummies by Maggie Norris, Donna Rae Siegfried pdf free download

Anatomy and Physiology For Dummies by Maggie Norris, Donna Rae Siegfried pdf free download

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Learn about the human body from the inside out

Every year, more than 100,000 degrees are completed in biology or biomedical sciences. Anatomy and physiology classes are required for these majors and others such as life sciences and chemistry, and also for students on a pre-med track. These classes also serve as valuable electives because of the importance and relevance of this subject’s content. Anatomy and Physiology For Dummies, 2nd Edition, appeals to students and life-learners alike, as a course supplement or simply as a guide to this intriguing field of science.

With 25 percent new and revised content, including updated examples and references throughout, readers of the new edition will come to understand the meanings of terms in anatomy and physiology, get to know the body’s anatomical structures, and gain insight into how the structures and systems function in sickness and health.

  • New examples, references, and case studies
  • Updated information on how systems function in illness and in health
  • Newest health discovers and insights into how the body works

Written in plain English and packed with dozens of beautiful illustrations, Anatomy & Physiology For Dummies is your guide to a fantastic voyage of the human body.

Any book that describes cells as “private clubs” and that “molecules better be well dressed to get in” and that ribosomes are the “bouncers who keep them out” should get six-stars in my opinion.
Brilliant writing, clever imagery, and excellent use of humor. I have no interest in much of this stuff but I couldn’t put the book down. A must read for any nursing/science student.

This book is set up like an entertaining read on anatomy and physiology. I read it and found it interesting/enjoyable. I like good science writing and Donna Rae Siegfried is definately a knowledgeable good science writer.

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CliffsNotes Anatomy and Physiology Quick Review by Steven Bassett pdf free download

CliffsNotes Anatomy and Physiology Quick Review by Steven Bassett pdf free download

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Inside the Book:

  • Anatomy and Chemistry Basics
  • The Cell
  • Tissues
  • The Integumentary System
  • Bones and Skeletal Tissues
  • The Skeletal System
  • Joints
  • Muscle Tissue
  • The Muscular System
  • Nervous Tissue
  • The Nervous System
  • The Sensory System
  • The Endocrine System
  • The Cardiovascular System
  • The Lymphatic System
  • The Immune System and Other Body Defenses
  • The Respiratory System
  • The Digestive System
  • The Urinary System
  • The Reproductive System
  • Review Questions
  • Resource Center
  • Glossary
  • Index

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I used this book as a review prior to tests in A & P II. It provides a quick, effective summary of every important detail. Its very helpful to refresh yourself with important concepts prior to exams and explains concepts in a different way. A great way to make sure you understand A & P. Highly recommended! I wish I would have had it for A & P I!
I bought this book as a basic review of Anatomy and Physiology. It’s been years since I took the class and just wanted a refresher. I also needed something was going to be comprehensive without being complicated. So far, it’s easy to read and quick. Exactly what I was looking for.
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