BEHAVE - INTRO (The goal of this book is to avoid categorical thinking.…
BEHAVE - INTRO
The goal of this book is to avoid categorical thinking.
It has its advantages, like helping you remembering facts better.
The disadvantage is you have trouble seeing how similar or different two things are.
Avoid using categorical buckets when studying complicated behaviors.
Watson example, Behaviorism
Konrad Lorenz, animal behaviorist, nazi member
Instead of trying to explain all behavior with a single discipline, we will use disciplinary buckets.
Always think in inter-disciplinary way.
Make sense of humans as apes, primates, mammals.
Reactive vs. Spontaneous
(Has a distinctive endocrinology)
Impulsive vs. Premeditated
Emotional vs. Instrumental
Displaced Aggression (Displacement)
"This isn't personal" type of aggression
Shock a rat and he bites the smaller guy
Domestic violence increases with unemployment
Definitions/Words mean different things in different disciplines. (Context dependency)
We don't hate violence
This book explores the biology of violence, aggression and competition.
You cannot understand human behavior without biology.