NYT Review of “Social” by Matthew D. Lieberman
The premise of this book, while overly weighted to the neurochemical basis of behavior, nevertheless is getting deeper to the core and fits nicely with NDT tenet that there is only one drive, the Drive To Make Contact, and emotional affects evolved to compel organisms to integrate the relevant variables of their surroundings into their sense of a “Self,” Ultimately, in many organisms, this thereby enables them to self-organize into complex social systems. The most vivid example and the easiest species to study in this regard is the domestic dog. Nevertheless we don’t need neuro-imaging to discern the principles in play and get inside the dog’s mind. All that’s required is a rigorous system of evaluating complex behavior, i.e. that which plays out over time as well as space (most especially the phenomenon of learning) in terms of the immediate-moment. This leads us to the “plumbing” that underlies the wiring.