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The Human Instinct: How We Evolved to Have Reason, Consciousness, and Free Will Hardcover – 17 Apr 2018

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (17 April 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781476790268
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476790268
  • ASIN: 1476790264
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 173,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Highly recommended."--Forbes

"Fascinating.... [The Human Instinct] confronts both lay and professional misconceptions about evolution from both scientific and philosophical perspectives."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Insightful.... [Miller's] universe is a kaleidoscope of dazzling evolutionary possibilities."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Here is a clear-eyed look at the use and sometime misuse of evolutionary theory."--Kevin Padian, professor of biology at the University of California, Berkeley

"Absorbing, lucid, and engaging. An eloquent and deeply grounded case that it was evolution that gave us our humanity."--Ursula Goodenough, professor of biology at Washington University in St. Louis

"Miller wants to show that the contemporary consensus around natural selection leaves room for things that have long given meaning to human life."--The Washington Post

"Following in Darwin's footsteps, Miller makes the slam-dunk case for why, in light of our origins, humans are still special."--Edward J. Larson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Evolution

"Readers seeking a modification of doctrinaire Darwinism will find a thoughtful, scientifically sound, evolution-based exponent in Miller."--Booklist

About the Author

Kenneth R. Miller is professor of biology at Brown University and the critically acclaimed bestselling author of Only a Theory, Finding Darwin's God, and The Human Instinct. He has appeared frequently on radio and television as a public advocate for evolution. In 2005 he was the lead expert witness for the victorious plaintiffs in the landmark Kitzmiller v. Dover trial, where he testified in favor of evolution and against "intelligent design." Among his honors are the Stephen Jay Gould Prize from the Society for the Study of Evolution, the Laetare Medal from the University of Notre Dame, and the Award for Public Engagement with Science from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Herbert Gintis
3.0 out of 5 starsSome food for thought here, buried in fluff (but cute fluff).
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5.0 out of 5 stars... the "man is just another animal" interpretations of people like Richard Dawkins and a good introduction to Evolution
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3.0 out of 5 starsI always feel somewhat sad when reading Miller's books
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