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Harry Harlow, a brilliant, complex, alcoholic psychologist became the unlikely champion of love. He proved that the need for affection in children is stronger than the need even for food and that loving relationships are crucial to our development, our health and even our intelligence. Paradoxically, it was only through a series of horrific experiments in which young primates were subjected to negligent and evil surrogate mothers that he was able to prove the value of humanity. Yet it was these darkest of experiments that had the brightest legacy, for it was through these that he initiated a psychological revolution.
In Love at Goon Park Deborah Blum explores not only the life and work of this complex and controversial man, but also the nature of human relationships.
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′For generations of psychology students, the image of a baby monkey being comforted by a cloth doll is one of the their most indelible memories of the subject. Yet even most psychologists know little about the brilliant, funny, and infuriating man behind the experiments. Nor do many people know about its context – the fall and rise of the concept of love in social science – which is one of the great untold stories of twentieth–century intellectual history. Deborah Blum combines these elements into a gripping biograpy, written with intelligence, warmth and panache." Steven Pinker, Peter de Florez Professor of Psycbology, MIT and author of The Blank State, How the Mind Works and The Language Instinct
′Incredible as it may seem, half a century ago leading psychologists scoffed at the notion that affection was vital to an infant′s flourishing. Deborah Blum brilliantly recalls this chilling era, and the scientist whose controversial experiments reaffirimed love′s importance. Love at Goon Park is science history at its best.′ John Horgan, author of The End of Science
′In this lyrical portrait, Deborah Blum brings to vivid life the story of Harry Harlow ...This scrupulously researched biography tells the story of Harlow′s life in science, and of the insights that forever changed our concept of what it is to be human.′ Ellen Ruppell Shell, author of The Hungry Gene