Human Instinct: How Our Primeval Impulses Shape Our Modern Lives

4.02 avg rating
( 291 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780553814927: Human Instinct: How Our Primeval Impulses Shape Our Modern Lives

From the ambition to be successful in our careers to what we will have for lunch each day, instinct is the invisible motivating force that shapes our world. But how well do these instincts, our most basic modes of interacting with the world, equip us for modern life? We are driven to pursue material wealth and status. We have an innate impulse to find a mate, to fight to protect our young, and to find food and shelter. In Human Instinct, which accompanies a BBC1 television series, Robert Winston takes us to the forefront of modern science, exploring our instincts and gaining a deeper insight into the wonderful complexity of human nature.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From the Publisher:

Whether we know it or not, our daily lives are shaped by powerful currents of instinct. The conscious and unconscious decisions we all make are deeply affected by an ancient genetic program: our ambition and lust, our drives to compete and cooperate are essential components of the human mind, forged among our ancestors on the African savannah. Instincts were instrumental in the evolutionary success of the species, and success meant a fondness for sex and violence, for status and wealth—and a will to survive. From ordering lunch to one–night stands, human behavior is still heavily influenced by this genetic agenda. But how well do instincts equip us for the 21st century? Do instincts help or hinder us as we deal with large anonymous cities, low–level stress, and the fracturing of communal life? In this engrossing study, Robert Winston takes us deep into the human mind in search of the answers to these questions and more. Robert Winston is one of Britain’s leading scientists. As a consulting physician and Professor of Fertility Studies at the University of London, he has pioneered in vitro fertilization and been a leading voice in the debate on genetic engineering.

From the Inside Flap:

In this fascinating investigation of our most basic instincts, Robert Winston shows us how our primeval impulses shape our modern lives, and questions whether our inherited instincts equip us for the twenty-first century.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 15.99
US$ 11.95

Convert Currency

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.

Destination, Rates & Speeds

Add to Basket

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Robert Winston
Published by Transworld Publishers Ltd, United Kingdom (2003)
ISBN 10: 0553814923 ISBN 13: 9780553814927
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Transworld Publishers Ltd, United Kingdom, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. From caveman to modern man . Few people doubt that humans are descended from the apes; fewer still consider, let alone accept, the psychological implications. But in truth, man not only looks, moves and breathes like an ape, he also thinks like one. Sexual drive, survival, competition, aggression - all of our impulses are driven by our human instincts. They explain why a happily married man will fantasize about the pretty, slim, young woman sitting across from him in the tube and why thousands of people spend their week entirely focused on whether their team will win their next crucial match. But how well do our instincts equip us for the twenty-first century? Do they help or hinder us as we deal with large anonymous cities, stressful careers, relationships and the battle of the sexes? In this fascinating book, Robert Winston takes us on a journey deep into the human mind. Along the way he takes a very personal look at the relationship between science and religion and explores those very instincts that make us human. Bookseller Inventory # AAZ9780553814927

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 11.95
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Robert Winston
Published by Transworld Publishers Ltd, United Kingdom (2003)
ISBN 10: 0553814923 ISBN 13: 9780553814927
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Transworld Publishers Ltd, United Kingdom, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. From caveman to modern man . Few people doubt that humans are descended from the apes; fewer still consider, let alone accept, the psychological implications. But in truth, man not only looks, moves and breathes like an ape, he also thinks like one. Sexual drive, survival, competition, aggression - all of our impulses are driven by our human instincts. They explain why a happily married man will fantasize about the pretty, slim, young woman sitting across from him in the tube and why thousands of people spend their week entirely focused on whether their team will win their next crucial match. But how well do our instincts equip us for the twenty-first century? Do they help or hinder us as we deal with large anonymous cities, stressful careers, relationships and the battle of the sexes? In this fascinating book, Robert Winston takes us on a journey deep into the human mind. Along the way he takes a very personal look at the relationship between science and religion and explores those very instincts that make us human. Bookseller Inventory # AAZ9780553814927

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 13.49
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Robert Winston
ISBN 10: 0553814923 ISBN 13: 9780553814927
New Paperback Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
Bookstore99
(Wilmington, DE, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: NEW. Brand New, Same ISBN and details as listed. Delivery within 3-7 business days. We may ship the books from multiple location across the globe including Asia depending upon the availability of inventory. Printed in English. Choose expedited shipping for Express delivery. Tracking number provided for every order. Bookseller Inventory # RO_9780553814927

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 10.51
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Professor Lord Robert Winston
Published by Bantam (2003)
ISBN 10: 0553814923 ISBN 13: 9780553814927
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Rating
[?]

Book Description Bantam, 2003. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # GH9780553814927

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 12.06
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.53
From Germany to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Robert Winston
ISBN 10: 0553814923 ISBN 13: 9780553814927
New Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Speedy Hen LLC
(Sunrise, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # ST0553814923. Bookseller Inventory # ST0553814923

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 16.91
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Winston Robert
Published by Random House
ISBN 10: 0553814923 ISBN 13: 9780553814927
New Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
Majestic Books
(London, ,, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Random House. Book Condition: New. pp. 416. Bookseller Inventory # 5851520

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 9.80
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.27
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Professor Lord Robert Winston
Published by Bantam
ISBN 10: 0553814923 ISBN 13: 9780553814927
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Bantam. Paperback. Book Condition: New. New copy - Usually dispatched within 2 working days. Bookseller Inventory # B9780553814927

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 8.57
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.17
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Robert Winston
ISBN 10: 0553814923 ISBN 13: 9780553814927
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Ria Christie Collections
(Uxbridge, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: New. Not Signed; From caveman to modern man .Few people doubt that humans are descended from the apes; fewer still consider, let alone accept, the psychological implications. But in truth, man not only looks, moves and breathes like an ape, he also thinks like one. Sexual drive, survival, competition, aggression -. book. Bookseller Inventory # ria9780553814927_rkm

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 12.83
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 5.12
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Professor Lord Robert Winston
Published by Transworld 2003-09-27, London (2003)
ISBN 10: 0553814923 ISBN 13: 9780553814927
New paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Blackwell's
(Oxford, OX, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Transworld 2003-09-27, London, 2003. paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 9780553814927

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 11.96
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.93
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Winston, Robert
Published by Bantam Pr Ltd (2003)
ISBN 10: 0553814923 ISBN 13: 9780553814927
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Bantam Pr Ltd, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 356 pages. 7.25x5.00x1.00 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # __0553814923

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 13.07
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.93
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book