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The Natural Science of the Human Species: An Introduction to Comparative Behavioral Research: The "Russian Manuscript" (1944-1948) Paperback – Aug 21 1997

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  • Paperback: 382 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press; 1 edition (Aug. 21 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262621207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262621205
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 553 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,125,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Written just after World War II, while the author was incarcerated in a Soviet prison camp, this so-called "Russian manuscript" was believed lost forever. Its rediscovery in 1991 and, now, its publication represent a major contribution to the history of science and the advancement of the behavioral sciences. This book contains some of the earliest formulations of the discipline that Lorenz called comparative behavioral research (i.e., ethology); its theories also portend the development of sociobiology and the new fields of behavioral and genetic psychology. He writes, "The route to an understanding of humans leads just as surely through an understanding of animals as the evolutionary pathway of humans had led through animal precursors." Lorenz also devotes almost equal attention to the "Philosophical Prolegomena" as to the "Biological Prologomena," arguing, in the process, for a synthesis between the sciences and the humanities as complementary expressions of human cognition. The text, edited by Lorenz's daughter, is full of literary excesses; although comprehensible to the lay reader, it is not particularly enjoyable to read. Still, such a book's value cannot be measured by its popularity alone. Important for any general science collection and indispensable for all academic or history of science collections.?Gregg Sapp, Univ. of Miami Lib.
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"The route to an understanding of humans leads just as surely through an understanding of animals as the evolutionary pathway of humans has led through animal precursors." Konrad Lorenz, "The Russian Manuscript"

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highly important Sept. 5 2010
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One of the most important contributions to the history of ethology and philosophy of biology; we should rediscover it.
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Numerous fallacies overtaken by new research Oct. 18 2009
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Entertaining portrayal of an ideologue foisting his 3d Reich views on human-kind. Many fallacies disclosed by later research