The Human Instinct by Kenneth R. Miller audiobook

The Human Instinct: How We Evolved to Have Reason, Consciousness, and Free Will

By Kenneth R. Miller
Read by Fred Sanders

Simon & Schuster Audio 9781476790268
10.11 Hours Unabridged
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A radical, optimistic exploration of how humans evolved to develop reason, consciousness, and free will. Lately, the most passionate advocates of the theory of evolution seem to present it as bad news. Scientists such as Richard Dawkins, Lawrence Krauss, and Sam Harris tell us that our most intimate actions, thoughts, and values are mere byproducts of thousands of generations of mindless adaptation. We are just one species among multitudes, and therefore no more significant than any other living creature. Now comes Brown University biologist Kenneth R. Miller to make the case that this view betrays a gross misunderstanding of evolution. Natural selection surely explains how our bodies and brains were shaped, but Miller argues that it’s not a social or cultural theory of everything. In The Human Instinct, he rejects the idea that our biological heritage means that human thought, action, and imagination are pre-determined, describing instead the trajectory that ultimately gave us reason, consciousness and free will. A proper understanding of evolution, he says, reveals humankind in its glorious uniqueness—one foot planted firmly among all of the creatures we’ve evolved alongside, and the other in the special place of self-awareness and understanding that we alone occupy in the universe. Equal parts natural science and philosophy, The Human Instinct is a moving and powerful celebration of what it means to be human.

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Summary

A radical, optimistic exploration of how humans evolved to develop reason, consciousness, and free will.

Lately, the most passionate advocates of the theory of evolution seem to present it as bad news. Scientists such as Richard Dawkins, Lawrence Krauss, and Sam Harris tell us that our most intimate actions, thoughts, and values are mere byproducts of thousands of generations of mindless adaptation. We are just one species among multitudes, and therefore no more significant than any other living creature.

Now comes Brown University biologist Kenneth R. Miller to make the case that this view betrays a gross misunderstanding of evolution. Natural selection surely explains how our bodies and brains were shaped, but Miller argues that it’s not a social or cultural theory of everything. In The Human Instinct, he rejects the idea that our biological heritage means that human thought, action, and imagination are pre-determined, describing instead the trajectory that ultimately gave us reason, consciousness and free will. A proper understanding of evolution, he says, reveals humankind in its glorious uniqueness—one foot planted firmly among all of the creatures we’ve evolved alongside, and the other in the special place of self-awareness and understanding that we alone occupy in the universe.

Equal parts natural science and philosophy, The Human Instinct is a moving and powerful celebration of what it means to be human.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“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
“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, St. Louis
“Fascinating…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)
“Readers seeking a modification of doctrinaire Darwinism will find a thoughtful, scientifically sound, evolution-based exponent in Miller.” Booklist

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Author Bio: Kenneth R. Miller

Author Bio: Kenneth R. Miller

Kenneth R. Miller is professor of biology at Brown University and a critically acclaimed bestselling author. He serves as a science advisor to The News Hour on PBS and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Among his honors are the Stephen Jay Gould Prize from the Society for the Study of Evolution, the Laetare Medal from Notre Dame University, and the Award for Public Engagement with Science from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Science
Runtime: 10.11
Audience: Adult
Language: English