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512. There was a young man from Moldavia
Who couldn’t believe in the saviour
So he erected instead
With himself as the head
A religion of decorous behaviour. (Religion & Limerick & Saviour & Behaviour) Author unknown, cited Professors A C Grayling, Hawkins & Dawkins v Neuberger & Spivey & Scrutton
598. You don’t need religion to behave with ordinary decency and morality. And anyone who says you do, says that you need dictatorial permission to do the right thing. And then you are a serf. (Religion & Behaviour) Christopher Hitchens v Peter Hitchens 2008
943. A belief in hell and the knowledge that every ambition is doomed to frustration at the hands of a skeleton have never prevented the majority of human beings from behaving as though death were no more than an unfounded rumor. (Belief & Hell & Ambition & Human Beings & Behaviour & Death) Aldous Huxley
3,670. It’s called the Transylvania Effect ... Does the moon really change our behaviour? Sadly, I don’t think so. (Moon & Behaviour) Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Do We Really Need the Moon? BBC 2011
4,208. What is the appropriate behavior for a man or a woman in the midst of this world, where each person is clinging to his piece of debris? What’s the proper salutation between people as they pass each other in this flood? (World & Behaviour & Life’s Like That) Buddha
4,252. In humans the brain has taken over in such a big way that it becomes positively misleading to try to explain human behaviour in a simple-minded naive vehicle for the genes ... What governs how humans behave is an extremely complicated mixture of our genetically provided brains overlain by a massive infusion of culture. (Humanity & Brain & Behaviour & Gene) Professor Richard Dawkins
6,569. A group of thinkers came on to the scene who believed that society could be cured and that human behaviour could be improved. One of these was anthropologist Margaret Mead. (Think & Human Being & Psychology & Behaviour) Great Thinkers: In Their Own Worlds 1/3 Human, All Too Human
6,570. In the latter part of the twentieth century a group of British thinkers would emerge who would offer radical new ideas about what makes humans tick. These thinkers would take their cues not from humans but from animals. Enter Desmond Morris who started his career as a zoologist. (Think & Human Being & Psychology & Behaviour) ibid.
4,253. This is where a century of enquiry into human behaviour fought out on the airwaves has brought us. We are undoubtedly products of our biology, and the potential for human failing will always be there. But that doesn’t mean we’re slaves to our nature. The sophistication of the human brain and the ways in which we live together have given us the power to recognise and master our worst impulses. This after all is what being human is all about. (Think & Human Being & Psychology & Biology & Behaviour & Nature & Brain) ibid.
8,985. Now psychiatrists in Britain are using methods very similar to that used on the pigeon to get children to be obedient. (Children & Behaviour) Horizon 1981: Breaking in Children, BBC
8,986. In the UK behaviour therapy is unpopular in spite of the fat that in America it’s widely used to help parents cope with disobedient but otherwise normal children. (Children & Behaviour) ibid.
8,984. Children came with a wide variety of behaviour and disorders and symptoms: some were homicidal, quite a few were suicidal, some were non-speaking and mute, others were widely delusional, all had a most traumatic history behind them which explained their behaviour. Although it was sometimes difficult to ascertain their story. (Children & Behaviour & Abuse & Mental Health) Horizon: Bruno Bettelheim: The Man Who Cared for Children 1987
6,566. Modern human behaviour had not started in Europe 40,000 years ago but in Africa at least 30,000 years earlier. The human revolution theory had to be wrong ... Like everything else in Nature thought and language had emerged gradually just as the laws of evolution said they should. (Think & Evolution & Human Being & Behaviour) BBC Horizon: The Day We Learned To Think 2003
8,989. Mother: They don’t listen to a word I say. I need some help with disciplining them. (Children & Behaviour) Horizon, Little Angels, BBC 2004
62,429. This is Liam. Aged five he was disruptive, hyperactive, and unable to focus ... Now, five years later, Liam’s life has been transformed. His new-found ability to concentrate is largely due to a drug called Methylphenidate. Best known to most of us as a brand name: Ritalin ... These drugs were originally designed fifty years ago for the treatment of adults with depression. (Children & Control & Behaviour & Mental Health & Pharmaceutics & Ritalin & ADHD & Medicine) Horizon: Pill Poppers, BBC 2010
62,430. ADHD is believed to be caused by an imbalance of key chemical messengers in the areas of the brain that control attention and memory. Ritalin appears to make these messengers more effective, helping to restore attention. Like all drugs, Ritalin comes with a cost. (Children & Control & Behaviour & Mental Health & Pharmaceutics & Ritalin & ADHD & Medicine) ibid.
8,995. In the 1970s and ’80s the rise in new liberal ideas about discipline left a lot of more ordinary families struggling to manage their children’s naughty behaviour. (Children & Parent & Behaviour) Carrot or Stick? A Horizon Guide to Raising Kids, BBC 2011
8,996. Scientists believe a lack of the brain chemical dopamine makes it hard for children with ADHD to control their impulses. (Children & ADHD & Behaviour) ibid.
8,997. Scientists now think ADHD has a strong genetic component and can often run in families. (Children & ADHD & Behaviour) ibid.
65,357. More testosterone exposure makes your behaviour more male. (Birth & Pregnancy & Biology & Behaviour) Horizon: The Nine Months That Made You, BBC 2011 3/15
4,287. Humans have essentially got more behaviour which is learnt and less behaviour which is programmed. (Human Being & Behaviour) Professor Alice Roberts, Horizon: What Makes Us Human? BBC 2013
4,709. Women do not find it difficult nowadays to behave like men, but they often find it extremely difficult to behave like gentlemen. (Women & Behaviour & Man & Gentleman) Compton Mackenzie, Literature in My Time 1933
4,939. You have to remember, rights don’t come in groups we shouldn’t have ‘gay rights’; rights come as individuals, and we wouldn’t have this major debate going on. It would be behavior that would count, not what person belongs to what group. (Rights & Behaviour & Group & Individual) Ron Paul