Looking For The Patterns Behind Human Violence

HOMICIDE Martin Daly and Margo Wilson Aldine de Gruyter; New York, 328 pages; $42.95 (hardback), $18.95 (paperback) A characteristic common to good science and good literary criticism is that both are alert to subtext. Both can reveal that what you see is not what you get. Both can offer the excitement of discovering an unexpected pattern in a phenomenon of nature or in the behavior of a protagonist in a play. For a number of years, the authors of Homicide have been studying human behavior b

Lionel Tiger
Jun 12, 1988
HOMICIDE
Martin Daly and Margo Wilson
Aldine de Gruyter; New York, 328 pages; $42.95 (hardback),
$18.95 (paperback)

A characteristic common to good science and good literary criticism is that both are alert to subtext. Both can reveal that what you see is not what you get. Both can offer the excitement of discovering an unexpected pattern in a phenomenon of nature or in the behavior of a protagonist in a play.

For a number of years, the authors of Homicide have been studying human behavior by searching beyond what people say about their actions, and often beyond what social scientists say. Their work rests on a sophisticated amalgam of biology and psychology which they teach at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. With an almost fierce empiricism, they have sought to evaluate theories about the biology of behavior.

For example, it was Daly and Wilson who so ingeniously explored the theory...

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