Top critical review
Facts, fictions and interpretations are different things.
Reviewed in the United States on January 13, 2019
Well, i am not only disappointed but frightened. This book is a large review of papers and facts of all sorts from all species of animals, birds, hyenas, apes, fish, all put together in one massive frankenstein text. It is simply not practical to check every reference in the book to see how well each study was done and whether the results were interpreted correctly or just made to fit the strategy of writing. But things written this way are like scientific reviews - readers assume the author is right given that he did so much research. The fact that it may be very far from the truth struck me when i came across the passage about Stalin and Pavlik Morozov example. Not only it is historically grossly wrong, it was also interpreted in the best tradition of propaganda-infused ideology masked as neurophysiology. And of course presented as fact. Boom. What about trusting the author's interpretation of all other facts in this book?
Two stars instead of one for indeed a good description of basic neuroanatomy and endocrinology.