First published twenty years ago to great acclaim, The Tangled Wing soon became a must-read for anyone interested in the biological roots of human behavior and emotions. Since then however, revolutions have taken place in the biological sciences—not only in genetics but in molecular biology and neuroscience as well. 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.
In a masterful synthesis of biology, psychology, anthropology, and philosophy, Konner reveals human identity and activity to be an intricately woven fabric of innumerable factors. Separating the "natural" from what is merely construct, he takes us on a revealing exploration of the biology of behavior. Throughout this new edition, 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. Finally, in a stirring tribute to the human spirit, he demonstrates how our tremendous capacity for change illuminates our prospects for the future.