Hannah Critchlow – The Science of Fate

Are we really the masters of our own destiny?

Neuroscientist Hannah Critchlow shows how far our future is already hardwired in our brains. Like Sapiens and Thinking Fast and Slow, The Science of Fate revolutionises the way we understand our species and ourselves.

So many of us believe that we are free to shape our own destiny. But what if free will doesn’t exist? What if our lives are largely predetermined, hardwired in our brains – and our choices over what we eat, whom we fall in love with, even what we believe are not real choices at all?

Neuroscience is challenging everything we think we know about ourselves, revealing how we make decisions and form our own reality, unaware of the role of our unconscious minds. Did you know, for example, that:

You can carry anxieties and phobias across generations of your family?

Your genes and pleasure and reward receptors in your brain will determine how much you eat?

We can sniff out ideal partners with genes that give our offspring the best chance of survival?

Leading neuroscientist Hannah Critchlow draws vividly from everyday life and other experts in their field to show the extraordinary potential as well as dangers which come with being able to predict our likely futures – and looking at how we can alter what’s in store for us.

Lucid, illuminating, awe-inspiring, The Science of Fate revolutionises our understanding of who we are – and empowers us to help shape a better future for ourselves and the wider world.

Author: Hannah Critchlow
Narrator: Hannah Critchlow
Duration: 7 hours 44 minutes
Released: 19 Feb 2005
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Language: English

User Review:

abode wrought

I very much enjoyed what there was in this book. My dissatisfaction is with what was not there. The author had something like five hours of conversation with each of the people he interviewed. The edited and abridged transcripts we have here, while intriguing and tasty, left me hungry for a real meal.