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Human Instinct
Human Instinct
by Professor Lord Robert Winston
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.51

20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good start (four stars), terrible finish (0 stars), 18 Jan 2004
This review is from: Human Instinct (Paperback)
This is one of the most interesting books in recent years but unfortunately only in part due to its scientific content! I read this book, with no preconceptions as I had neither seen any of the TV shows or read any of the author’s previous books. My first impressions were very favourable. Professor Winston put forward some excellent examples of behaviour which may, at least in part, be difficult to explain from a socio-cultural perspective. He appears to have a sound grasp of evolutionary biology very much following the path previously trodden by Richard Dawkins and Steve Jones. However, the further one goes into the book the more confusing it gets. I think there are four factors that come into play here. The first is Professor Winston does not have the courage of his convictions. He manoeuvres himself into the strange position of be able and willing to explain some very disturbing aspects of human behaviour whilst at the same time saying such behaviours are inherently “evil.” The second factor is that certain chapters (well one anyway) appears to have no connection with the book’s subject matter whatsoever. The third factor is that although for the most part the hypotheses are supported by nice observations, several dramatic opinions in the book appear to have no logical evidence base at all. The fourth and final reason fro confusion is a surprising number of errors. The biggest example is on p331 re – game theory. At one point the author gets Axelrod’s simple tit-for-tat strategy completely in a twist and really should have brushed up on this a little more before writing. Another curious observations of this book is that Professor Winston’s definition of instinct changes from “that part of behaviour which is not learned” at the start of the book to “those emotions that have arisen from the primitive beginning of life” at the end. Am I alone in thinking that the aspect of humanity that we call “behaviour” is very different to that which we call “ emotions”? Overall, despite these shortcoming and others this remains a book I would recommend. It is not as methodologically rigorous as many other competitors but it is easily read and will provoke debate one way or another!
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