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Wild Life: Adventures of an Evolutionary BiologistRobert Trivers Is A Living Legend In Biology And The Social Sciences, A Man The Harvard Psychologist Steven Pinker Calls One Of The Great Thinkers In The History Of Western Thought And Time Magazine Named One Of The Greatest Scientists And Thinkers Of The 20th Century His Theories On The Evolutionary Tensions Between Parent And Offspring, Sibling And Sibling, Man And Woman, Friend And Friend, And A Person And Himself Or Herself Have Not Only Revolutionized Genetics And Evolutionary Biology But Have Influenced Disciplines From Medicine And The Social Sciences To History, Economics, And Literary Studies But Unlike Other Renowned Scientists, Trivers Has Spent Time Behind Bars, Drove A Getaway Car For Huey P Newton, And Founded An Armed Group In Jamaica To Protect Gay Men From Mob Violence Now, In The Entertaining Tradition Of Surely You Re Joking Mr Feynman, Trivers Tell Us In His Inimitable Voice About The Inimitable Life Behind The Revolutionary Science He Comments With Irreverent Wit And Penetrating Insight On Everything From American Racism To The History Of Psychiatry To Who Killed Peter Tosh, Musical Heir To Bob Marley Sprinkled With Anecdotes About Such Luminaries As Richard Dawkins And Stephen Jay Gould, And With Photographs Throughout, This Volume Is Sure To Enlighten And Entertain Anyone With An Interest In Science, The Human Condition, Or The Nature Of Creative Genius PRAISE FOR WILD LIFE To Call Robert Trivers An Acclaimed Biologist Is An Understatement Akin To Calling The Late Richard Feynman A Popular Professor Of Physics PSYCHOLOGY TODAY Who Would Have Guessed That Arguably Today S Most Original Thinker In Evolutionary Theory Could Possibly Have Led The Extraordinary Life Robert Trivers Recounts In These Pages We Are Taken On A Wild Trip From Inspired Meditations On The Biology Of Self Deception, Through A Steamy Jamaican Underworld, To Black Panthers In California, To Frank Appraisals Of Distinguished Or Over Rated Scientists, The Whole Adding Up To A Disarmingly Frank And Utterly Unique Memoir Of A Rollercoaster Of A Life RICHARD DAWKINS, Bestselling Author Of The Selfish Gene And The God Delusion Robert Trivers Is Not Just A Brilliant Evolutionary Thinker But A World Class Raconteur, Adventurer, Kibitzer, People Watcher, Jester, And Provocateur This Memoir Is Filled With Sharp And Hilarious Observations About The Living World, Not Least A Certain Species Of Hairless Primate, Not Least A Certain Member Of That Species Named Robert Trivers STEVEN PINKER,best Selling Author Of How The Mind Works And The Better Angels Of Our Nature Why Violence Has Declined It Would Not Be Hyperbole To Say That Robert Trivers Is One Of The Most Important Evolutionary Theorists Since Charles Darwin But Contrary To The Image Most People Have Of Theoretical Scientists As Stodgy Intellectuals Holed Up In Their Offices Buried In Paper, Trivers Memoir Reveals A Man Whose Life Has Been Wild In Every Sense Of The Word A Lust For Life Doesn T Begin To Sum Up A Career Devoted To Truth, Courage, And The Audacity To Think What No One Else Has Thought, And To Act In Ways Few Others Would Dare You Ll Even Learn How To Defend Yourself In A Knife Fight If That Were Not Enough, Trivers Is Witty, Clever, And Compassionate This Book Is Destined To Become A Classic In Scientific Autobiography MICHAEL SHERMER, Editor In Chief, The SkepticABOUT THE AUTHORRobert Trivers Is A Professor Of Anthropology And Biological Sciences At Rutgers University.


10 thoughts on “Wild Life: Adventures of an Evolutionary Biologist

  1. says:

    Would have benefited from a good editor Within the 200 page book, there are about 50 pages of great content regarding academic mentors, friends, and the development of the authors intellectual interests The remaining 150 pages are a combination of heav...

  2. says:

    This was a great memoir from Robert Trivers, famed evolutionary biologist 72 years old at the time of writing, he has little incentive to hold back from speaking his mind, so he doesn t There are many critiques to be made of this book.Here are mine 1 He repeats himself far too often Who would later become my mother in law or at that time I was a committed ganja man Heard it the first time.2 Apparently murder is a big deal in Jamaica I quickly found myself skipping the many, many accounts of Jamaican murders There s an expression you ll sometimes hear from tourists who thought they d never run out of time for fascinating castles another boring castle The same expression can be applied to churches, temples, and, apparently, accounts of murders in Jamaica.3 There was a surprisingly high number of grammar errors and typos the same words the same words repeated, for example.Still, if every prominent scholar wrote a book like this at the end of their career, the world would be a better place My favorite chapters were his homages to his mentors, why he chose to...

  3. says:

    This is one very weird but enjoyably forthright autobiography.

  4. says:

    Very interesting book Trivers is so far outside of what you expect a successful academic to be like that it made me reconsider the whole category of academics.The blurb on the back describes this book as being in the tradition of You re Surely Joking Mr Feynman, and this is an apt comparison Feynman too was a very unconventional academic or at least, he didn t conform to my idea of a conventional academic , and in those memoirs he discussed all kinds of wacky adventures from reforming the Brazilian education system to getting into a bar fight to partying for several days straight with prostitutes in Las Vegas But with Feynman, there was always a sense of that at the end of the day he had his priorities right and nothing would get too out of hand Like when he starts getting concerned he might be heading towards alcoholism so becomes a teetotaller.Not so with Trivers, who, were it not for the fact that he s a very smart guy, would no doubt have spent large chunks of his life in prison He s a big drug user There s one story where he gets...

  5. says:

    Strong start, but gets weaker at the end as he sinks further into unresolved delusions.

  6. says:

    The best book I ve read this year

  7. says:

    Good writer describing a nearly incredible life Perhaps it s today s hyperpolitical world, but when he stated his belief that African Americans should take a page out of Jewish history and murder those murderers of their own people , snarky and iconoclastic became insupportable claptrap.

  8. says:

    As my husband was researching his theory of sex, I heard a lot about Robert Trivers My husband was very impressed with his writings on reciprocal altruism and paternal investment So, it was with great interest that I started to read this book and I was not disappointed Dr Trivers has indeed had a wild life and this memoir recounts some of his interesting escapades Early in his career, he went to Jamaica to study lizards and ended up getting very involved in living, loving and fighting with the native human population He openly admits his fondness for ganja and is willing to reflect on both the successes and the failures of his life The book was an entertaining read, consisting of a series of anecdotes, some funny, some scary, some shocking I loved the stories in the book which paid tribute to other scientists and mentors I also admired the author s willingness to discuss his own bouts of mania As Dr Trivers now reconsiders how he feels about Jamaica he seems saddened by the newer tourism models of all inclusive resorts there I have stayed at some of these resorts and they are quite nice from a visitor s point of view, but they do reinforce the idea of only being safe inside the walls Dr Trivers laments that Jamaica still has one...

  9. says:

    What a life

  10. says:

    My suspicion is that most people will feel ambivalent, at best, about this book, unless they have a personal connection to Trivers In this case, as in most, I fall into the category of most people.The book, however, wasn t a total waste of time and I fin...

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