Human Instinct

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Health-Medical Documentary narrated by Robert Winston and published by BBC in 2002 - Chinese, English Multilanguage narration

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What drives a happily married man to fantasize about pretty, slim young women seen on a tube train? Why does a seriously injured, semi-conscious and dehydrated mountaineer battle against impossible weather conditions, refusing the comforts of sleep, to spend three days crawling down to the safety of base camp? How is it that so many thousands of people spend their week entirely focussed on whether their team will win their next crucial match? What stimulates that urge to press the pedal as hard as possible at traffic lights to make the fastest getaway? And how is it that so many people still hold religious views when the notion of an all-powerful being is irrational? All of these impulses are driven by our human instincts - sexual drive, survival, competition, aggression and our search for knowledge.

Few people have a problem with the idea that humans are descended from apes. But while people believe that our general shape and structure are derived from other creatures, few consider, let alone accept, the psychological implications. Man not only looks, moves and breathes like an ape, he also thinks like one. It is back in our primeval past that we find the first clues to the understanding of our human instincts.

But how well do instincts equip us for the twenty-first century? Do instincts help or hinder us as we deal with large anonymous cities, low-level stress, the battle of the sexes and the fracturing of communal life? In this erudite and fascinating book, which accompanies a major BBC 1 television series, Robert Winston takes us on a journey deep into the human mind in search of the answers to these questions and many more. Along the way he takes a very personal look at the relationship between science and religion, and explores those instincts that make us peculiarly human.

[edit] Born to Survive

Every one of us possesses an armoury of instincts which keep us alive. We are often barely aware of them, but they act every day to protect us from danger and keep us fit and healthy. In the first programme of the Human Instinct series we explore how this most basic of instincts means we're all born to survive.

[edit] Deepest Desires

The instinct to have sex is one of the most potent we possess. It�s vital if we are to produce the next generation. In this programme we find out what it is about the way we look, the way we smell and what we possess, that can attract the ideal mate.

[edit] Will to Win

We're always competing, even when we least expect it. The will to win is an instinct that�s kept our species alive. In this programme we discover why coming out on top feels so great and why losing feels so bad. (more on website)

[edit] Natural Born Heroes

A 200,000 year old jawbone tells the story of an elderly woman who was kept alive thanks to the kindness of her companions. From this first known example of human compassion to modern day heroes, the final programme in the Human Instinct series explores the most complex of instincts. The instinct to put others first.

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  • Video Codec: XivD
  • Video Bitrate: 1727 kb/s
  • Video Resolution: 592x320
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Audio Codec: MP3
  • Audio BitRate: 130/2 VBR
  • Audio Channels: 2
  • RunTime Per Part: 49 minutes
  • Number Of Parts: 4
  • Part Size: 700 MB

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