Nothing yet has shaken human beings' conviction that we are special. Not the knowledge that the universe is 15 billion years old, nor that it holds 100 billion galaxies. Not the discovery that we evolved from other primates, nor that our DNA differs from some modern apes' by less than 2 percent. Yet throughout the century, scientists have asked: How do we know what we know? How do we become who we are? Can we solve the mystery of human behavior and harness the forces that govern it? Of all things in the universe, we may be the hardest to understand.
It's all in the genes. Or is it . . . ? "In Search of Ourselves" traces the pendulum swing of psychological theory from nature to nurture and back again. Case studies, classic experiments, and research on the brain blaze this trail of discovery, revealing what we have learned about ourselves and what still remains a riddle. We also see the dark side of our faith in the perfectibility of human nature, as scientific ideas are twisted to fit political agendas. "In Search of Ourselves" is a story of the lessons learned, as well as the ways in which we have learned them. As the century ends, the workings of our minds remain an irresistible frontier.
Why do we think, act, and
feel the way we do?
Societal and medical explanations
War trauma puts new theory to the test
War of ideas
Environment theory leads postwar era
Bringing Science Home
How powerful is it?
An empirical advancement
Why do medications work?
Environment and biology interact