F Henwood

"The bookworm that turned"
Kilve beach ... meet the ancestors.
Top Reviewer Ranking: 466
Helpful votes received on reviews: 90% (815 of 904)
Location: London
In My Own Words:
My name is Franco Henwood. I spend too much time reading, time that I could spend doing DIY or household chores or some otherwise productive activity. But I don't really care. I do not like to be pigeonholed. I am both the same and also totally different to everyone else. I am the patron saint of lost causes.

Science, history and current affairs. Breathing and staring into empty space.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 466 - Total Helpful Votes: 815 of 904
Was Hitler a Darwinian?: Disputed Questions in the&hellip by Robert Richards
4.0 out of 5 stars No, he wasn't., 27 July 2014
There are two issues to be considered here. First, was Hitler directly inspired by Darwin? Second, did Darwin `lead' to Hitler, in the sense that once Darwin published On the Origin of the Species, did it lead inexorably to the holocaust? Both assertions are frequently made, especially by the religious right in the United States. The latter is a question of causation - and makes some highly dubious assumptions about causation, that one thing must necessarily lead to another (it does not) and overlooks other possible causes, such as Christianity's long history of anti-Semitism. But the first of these questions is easier to answer. Hitler spoke and wrote much of his ideological inspirations… Read more
The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature&hellip by Steven Pinker
This is one of those books that force you to change the way you think and conceptualise the whole debate on nature v nurture. As you can probably guess by now, this book comes out strongly on the nature side of the debate. Prefiguring the breadth and depth of his recent book, the Better Angels of our Nature, his argument is informed by an array of sources drawn from many different disciplines. On one level, the book argues very forcefully for an innatist theory of human motivation and behaviour. Brain science shows that we are born with innate concepts to acquire language, to read and understand the minds and motivations of others, to discern cause and effect in the natural world, even a… Read more
The Domesticated Brain: A Pelican Introduction by Bruce Hood
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4.0 out of 5 stars No brain is an island, 25 Jun 2014
First of all, the title of this book needs clarifying: what does the author mean by ‘domesticated’? The human brain is not domesticated in the sense your dog is domesticated – it means that the brain has evolved because we are social animals. So the book opens with a startling fact: our brains have been getting smaller as we have become more social. Does that mean we are getting dumber? No, it is not size that counts but density, especially in the number of connections the brain is able to make. Some mammals have brains almost as large as ours, bigger even, but they are no way near as powerful or as complicated as the ones we possess. And our brains are complicated because our social… Read more

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