CURIOUS BEHAVIOR ROBERT PROVINE PDF

Curious Behavior and millions of other books are available for Amazon Kindle. . In Curious Behavior, Robert Provine provides clear, entertaining, and (most. Robert Provine boldly goes where other scientists seldom tread–in search of hiccups, coughs, yawns, sneezes, and other lowly, undignified human behaviors. Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping, and Beyond. Robert Provine boldly goes where other scientists seldom tread—in search of hiccups, coughs.

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Most of this behavior that we dismiss as trivial does illustrate how deeply social our species is as a lot of it is used for signaling to A potpourri of some of our automatic and overlooked quirks in human behavior.

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This book is truly one of a kind. It is full of jargon that most readers will not understand, even with a dictionary handy. The difference between genders. I really wanted to find this interesting, and I know he was trying to speak in layman’s terms, but it just wasn’t cutting it. Interesting subject matter – just needed a better translator to make it a compelling read. White of the eyes, 6. Potential science fair projects as well as PhD dissertations are found in these pages Join Our Mailing List: May 10, Little rated it really liked it Shelves: This page book is compo Curious Behavior: It’s much too technical.

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I feel like the farts were almost forced in between the more related behaviours – fortunately though. Other neglected behaviors yield similar revelations.

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Want to Read saving…. Via the Atlanticwatch Robert Provine discuss why, and how, we laugh: This is really more of a 3. Sep 26, Jaki rated it it was ok Shelves: Cures for bouts of hiccups. Most of this behavior that we dismiss as trivial does illustrate how deeply social our species is as a lot of it is used for signaling to others and some provlne yawns or laughter is actually contagious.

A quirky book on human quirks. I learned a few interesting facts, but it wasn’t necessarily worth the time it took to read. Enough to whet the appetite but not enough to satisfy the hunger. Hence the i-aint-sure label A fellow “both passing gas and speaking involve the expulsion of gas and vibration to produce a sound.

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Well, sometimes reading reviews isn’t such a good thing. Mar 17, kristin rated it liked it Shelves: Normally I enjoy this sort of “science for the common man” type book. Oct 06, Lee-ann rated it did not like it. Coughing comes in musical, medical, and social varieties.

Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping, and Beyond by Robert R. Provine

Nov 22, Deb rated it it was amazing. Such humble investigations provide fodder for grade school science projects as well as doctoral dissertations. Feb 05, Linda Rosenfeld magid added it. Things that are clearly intended to be jokes just get buried because they aren’t placed in punchlines; connections between ideas get muddied because the sentences just appear next to each other with no obvious flow.

In his own words: Burping and farting were involved in the development of speech, says Provine. Other neglected behaviors yield similar revelations.

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Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping, and Beyond

Robert Provine boldly goes where other scientists seldom tread–in search of hiccups, coughs, yawns, sneezes, and other lowly, undignified human behaviors. Neuroscientist Robert Provine turns an evolutionary lens on everything from the gross to the faintly improper. He did let us know about an artist who put his talents of farting to work for his support.

The author also repeats himself a lot, probably in an attempt to make a book porvine of things that don’t really have a provinr behind them. Our earthiest acts define Homo sapiens as much as language, bipedalism, tool use, and other more studied characteristics.

I read a few that said it wasn’t a great read so I didn’t read much of it. And prenatal behavior is offered as the strangest exhibit of all, defying postnatal logic in every way. There are some interesting facts and possibilities. The uniquely human trait of emotional tearing.

Feb 27, Sehar Moughal rated it really liked it. In the spirit of Rachel Carson, Provine uses a highly accessible writing style to robrt people why they do the things they do.

Including the explanation of why we sneeze. The importance of the sclera white of the eyessocial signaling. Never has our coughing, tickling, itching, belching and all else mentioned in the subtitle been explored so nicely in one compact book.