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This is an auction for THE HUMAN SPARK: THE SCIENCE OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, by Jerome Kagan.

“Kagan grapples manfully with the complexity of what it means to be human, and has a magnificent disregard for orthodoxy—questioning everything from attachment theory to the belief that animal emotions are comparable to our own.”—New Scientist

“An insightful discussion of the epistemology of psychology…. Kagan offers illuminating discussions of the impact of culture on childhood development…. A fascinating summary of the current science behind human development from one of the leaders in the field.”—Publishers Weekly (US)

“Kagan has heard neuroscientists boasting that the biochemistry of genes and synapses will soon explain all human emotions and behaviour. He does not believe them. Here he advances a sophisticated perspective on the human condition, situating the latest findings of neuroscience within a much broader matrix of psychological, social, and cultural considerations. When explaining the emergence of human morality, for instance, Kagan acknowledges a biological-genetic priming for empathy, but he insists that the forms that empathy takes depend on the psychological development of the individual and on the cultural context in society. A capacity for dealing with complicated issues serves Kagan and his readers well when he confronts the twin epidemics of mental illness and moral confusion afflicting the twenty-first-century world. A rare inquiry allowing general readers to see how cutting-edge research clarifies ordinary human hopes—and fears.”
- a *** starred *** review in Booklist (US)

Very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Hardback 2013.

333 pages.

New condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95, or $6.95 by tracked mail. If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston ?North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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