The uncanny voice of Alec Guiness as Smiley is brilliantly performed by Michael Jayston you are buying a performance not a book
The most useful explanation of our problems processing decisions in a rational way. Not a self help book but a text allowing insight and reflection on an individual and organisational basis. Unifies or compliments many of the other books I have read; Dawkins, Haidt, Pinker, Harris, Dennet and Robert Wright. Essential to download PDF file and stop the car if referring to it.
Dawkins' selfish gene and blind watchmaker explore similar themes but the 3 books complement each other. Whilst Dawkins usually deigns to comment on morality, Wright is happy to give us his view. The first section on gender differences superficially sounds chauvinistic and dated until we remind ourselves of the "blindness" of natural selection. The one point Dawkins made about being able to raise ourselves above our evolutionary tendencies is put into doubt in this book as we struggle with our concept of free will. This is excellent reading for an explanation of reciprocal altruism, kin selection and non zero sum games.
Compulsory reading to understand the false argument for intelligent design. Shapiro technomorphises bacteria and intracellular processes endowing them with cognisance, a purely subjective concept irrelevant to process of evolution.
Clarity about processes with more lay explanations in addition to the wealth of data provided. Evidence for animal germ cell horizontal transmission of heritable genetic factors or discussion why there is a lack of such
Competent, unflagging, unemotional
Beautifully read by Jeremy Irons, Humbert is endearing despite his monstrosity, happily is still as confronting if not more now than when it was written
Masterfully read by Jayston, brilliant ending that would never be the same in a movie version.
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