Books: The Phylogeny of Violence

ON AGGRESSION by Konrad Lorenz. 306 pages. Harcourt, Brace & World. $5.75.

The mark of Cain is on the century. More than 100 million people in the last six decades have been killed in military action alone, and the hairy thumb of violence has not lost its itch. Can man learn, before it is too late, to control the Cain in his constitution? Only if he understands the brute, says Austria's celebrated Naturalist Konrad Lorenz (King Solomon's Ring, Man Meets Dog). But the brute, he hastens to add, cannot finally be understood in psychiatric terms because man is too small a measure...

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