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  • Published: 18 February 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407006994
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Length: 6 hr 28 min
  • Narrator: Robert Winston
  • RRP: $19.99
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Bad Ideas?

An arresting history of our inventions




From the axe to the internet - the hidden dangers of man's impulse to invent

As one of the world's leading experts in human reproduction and a research pioneer since the 1970s, Professor Winston is accustomed to working in the world of controversial science. From the earliest days of IVF treatment to current controversy over stem cell research, strong feelings and hot debate have always been provoked over the merits of medical technology and the ethics of so-called scientific progress. Few writers are better placed to review the history of human technological invention over the centuries and question its real benefits to mankind.

Professor Winston argues that it is a basic human need to create and invent - a consequence of standing on two legs and seeing our environment as something separate from ourselves. But the more we invent, the more we intervene in the world around us, especially as mankind has many instincts besides the creative one: the urge to destroy, control, create disharmony and to use its powers to excess. For that reason, contained within every one of our finest inventions is the potential for great harm. This does not only apply to obvious menaces like gunpowder and oil, but to the most seemingly benign advances such as writing, farming, medicine.

In this unique and timely book, Professor Winston takes a fresh look at man's greatest discoveries and innovations and asks whether our dependence on science and technology has led us into a precarious situation which is doomed to become worse before it gets better? As well as tracing the history and fall-out of our very worst ideas, his book also advocates the merits of scientific progress. For our drive to invent and improve the world around us is what, after all, makes us human.

  • Published: 18 February 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407006994
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Length: 6 hr 28 min
  • Narrator: Robert Winston
  • RRP: $19.99
Categories:

About the author

Robert Winston

Lord Robert Winston is one of Britain's best-known scientists. As Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies at Imperial College, London, and an active researcher in reproductive physiology, he has made advances in fertility medicine and is a leading voice in the debate on embryo research and genetic engineering. His television series, which include Your Life in Their Hands, Making Babies, The Human Body, Child of Our Time, Human Instinct, The Story of God andA Child Against All Odds, have made him a household name. He became a life peer in 1995, and is the founder of the charity Women for Women.

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