: L’agression une histoire naturelle du mal [Jan 01, ] Konrad Lorenz: Couverture dà fraîchie. On Aggression is a book by the ethologist Konrad Lorenz; it was translated into English in As he writes in the prologue, “the subject of this book is. Buy L’agression: Une histoire naturelle du mal by Konrad Lorenz, Dominique Lestel, Vilma Fritsch (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store.

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Nov 23, Dmitry Zvorykin rated it liked it Shelves: Taking our distant cousins other species as models from which we can learn about ourselves is a genius idea. Lorenz se This book is a gateway into evolutionary biology.

On Aggression by Konrad Lorenz

The New York Times. Club francais du livre Language: Interesting but not practical. Then he moves on to humans.

I learned about the gorgeous and aggressive coral fish, geese, rats and many amazing things about other animals. I rely on you. Konrad Lorenz, Marjorie Kerr Wilson”.

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Both, in their view, tend “to rekindle old, pointless arguments lotenz the instinct vs. Eventaully, Lorenz applies everything he’s unraveled to human beings, unwrapping the social world with such a refreshing perspective that your attention is challenged by the suspense of “getting the answers” to how this all works inside of and all around you.


Lorenz presents his findings on the mechanism of aggression and how animals control destructive drives in the interest of the species. Is there really a sinister instinct of self-destruction which is the counterpart to all other instincts preserving the life of the individual and the species, and agreasion threatens humanity with annihilation?

Konrad Lorenz’s sense of humor and witty jokes make this book very enjoyable. Does it requre a humble soul to use it? There was a lot of racism here, as well as classism and sexism.

He maintains that aggression is a technique used to gain control over necessary resources, and serves as a ” density-dependent factor” in population control. Lorenz makes too many fascinating points to mention, but here are th Impossible to rate anything but five.

On Aggression Cover of the first edition. I never thought these birds were so interesting. Want to Read saving…. Try to make your own conclusions knowing that and the condemnation of the so-called “millitant manifest”.

On Aggression

The info on geese – interesting and humorous. This book is a gateway into evolutionary biology. Of course the best of all chapters is the chapter eleven – “The bond” – where he describes goose life stories almost as they were human beings which is very curious – because Lorenz sometimes says that the “anthropomorphizing reader” should took care in order to not interpret in a “human way” the examples done.

Obviously aggression can be overdone and be inappropriate in a systemic or individual basis, but it does have a role in establishing order. Retrieved 18 May Mar 22, Anthony rated it it was amazing. Lorenz makes too many fascinating points to mention, but here are three which I feel are maybe the most important: I asked him if male chimp bonds were stronger among the more aggressive males and how male bonds worked in chimp society.


Additionally, Lorenz addresses behavior in humans, including discussion of a ” hydraulic ” model of emotional or instinctive pressures and their release, shared by Freud ‘s psychoanalytic theoryand the abnormality of intraspecies violence and killing. The aggressiveness of animals is much more complex than Lorenz thought. I read this in Jr High and really got into it.

In the book, Lorenz describes the development of rituals among aggressive behaviors as beginning with a totally utilitarian action, but then evolving to more and more stylized actions, until finally, the action performed may be entirely symbolic and non-utilitarian, now fulfilling a function of communication.

Lorenz talks of humanity by first fooling you in through lots of fascinating stories about animals, many of them hilarious, some heartbreaking.

Not to mention how much beauty has emerged from sublimated aggression. Evolutionary biology t is a deep, labrynthine rabbit hole to explore. At the end, you realize that humans are probably less aggressive than their animal neighbors.