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#1. Although religion might be useful in developing a solid moral framework - and enforcing it - we can quite easily develop moral intuitions without relying on religion. - Author: Robert Winston
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#2. You can't be judgmental about babies. They are all have different needs. I was left with an enduring hatred of cheese because it was forced down me when I was young. - Author: Robert Winston
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#3. I think it's important for scientists to be a bit less arrogant, a bit more humble, recognising we are capable of making mistakes and being fallacious - which is increasingly serious in a society where our work may have unpredictable consequences. - Author: Robert Winston
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#4. I don't believe the fertilised egg can be equated with the sort of human life that you and I represent, or our children represent. - Author: Robert Winston
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#5. Medicine, which I wouldn't be without, has also been a force for ... less good. For example, if you look at our mishandling of the immune system, using antibiotics in children and avoiding infection, we've certainly increased the risk of asthma. - Author: Robert Winston
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#6. The trouble with climate change is it's an extraordinarily diverse and complex issue, but for example if the BBC would let me make some of the programmes I'd like to make on climate change, I bet you there would be a change of emphasis. - Author: Robert Winston
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#7. Surgeons always underestimate the pain and disability involved in what they do to people. - Author: Robert Winston
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#8. My first vote was for a communist in east London when I was a medical student. But I've voted Tory, Labour and Lib Dem in my time. - Author: Robert Winston
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#9. I went to school with butterflies of fear every day for years - from primary school onwards - not just worried about being bullied by classmates, but by teachers. - Author: Robert Winston
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#10. It is possible that strong levels of belief in God, gods, spirits or the supernatural might have given our ancestors considerable comforts and advantages. - Author: Robert Winston
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#11. We give antibiotics to people when they're dying or when they're not well; that's acting God. I mean, acting God is using the tools of creation to try and improve human life, human existence. I don't think that that's a huge problem. - Author: Robert Winston
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#12. Women of child-bearing age steadily run out of eggs by the continuous process of cell death. While reading a copy of the 'Guardian' carefully from cover to cover, a normal woman will have lost on average two eggs - while, typically, a normal man will have made 70,000 new sperm. - Author: Robert Winston
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#13. However you define God, and whether you believe in God or not, the world we live in has been shaped by the universal human conviction that there is more to life than life itself; that there is a 'god' shaped hole at the centre of our universe. - Author: Robert Winston
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#14. My own field, the prevention of genetic disorders in babies, has been possible only because of humane work on animals. - Author: Robert Winston
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#15. Childhood depression tends to be more common in inner cities, being most frequently related to serious social deprivation, bullying, domestic violence, wartime experience and famine. It is, for example, a serious problem among children who are traumatised refugees. - Author: Robert Winston
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#16. One of the most important aspects of what makes us who we are is neither straight genes or straight environment but actually what happens to us during development. - Author: Robert Winston
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#17. It's extraordinary to think that if you walked into a room and said you had never heard of Hamlet, you would be regarded as a Philistine. But you could walk into the same room and say, 'I don't know what a proton is,' and people would just laugh and say, 'Why should you know?' - Author: Robert Winston
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#18. Far too many scientists, including my good friend Richard Dawkins, present science as the truth and present it as factually correct. And actually, of course, that clearly isn't true. - Author: Robert Winston
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#19. That Britain today is a liberal society is largely because of the philosophy and outlook of the Anglican Church, which did so much to shape our core values in the past few centuries. - Author: Robert Winston
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#20. I think humans have always wrestled with the Divine Idea - an idea that unites and separates, creates and destroys, consoles and terrifies. Throughout human history, it is an idea that seems sometimes to have caused whole populations to rise up and slaughter one another. - Author: Robert Winston
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#21. You can now modify the genes of large animals, and the largest animal we are concerned with is the human. - Author: Robert Winston
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#22. Scientists tend to build a reputation on refuting the theories of those who have gone before. Yet, whatever we hypothesize, observe, measure or record about the natural world, it leaves more unanswered questions. - Author: Robert Winston
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#23. By discovering how our minds work, we can improve our learning power and unlock our true potential. - Author: Robert Winston
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#24. It's hard to be a good doctor if you don't think about the social circumstances of who you're treating. There are many Tory doctors, but I think it's difficult to be a doctor and a genuine right-winger. - Author: Robert Winston
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#25. Parents should talk to their children, even when they are babies and can't talk back. - Author: Robert Winston
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#26. I remember eating in school in the years after the Second World War. Most of my friends had miserable portions of Spam with an inedible, glutinous pudding served in containers we called 'coffins.' As a vegetarian, I had a lump of loathsome cheese and some bread. - Author: Robert Winston
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#27. I don't like being a celebrity, really ... Some people get greater praise than they deserve because they have had exposure in the media. I don't think I agree with that at all. - Author: Robert Winston
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#28. Ethics is not routinely taught to science students except in medicine, and I think it should be. - Author: Robert Winston
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#29. I don't like seeing myself on television and I don't enjoy filming. What I actually enjoy is thinking about how I am going to express something or how we are going to make the visual metaphor. - Author: Robert Winston
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#30. Scientists need to be prepared to engage, and the best people to engage with are students, ideally from primary school because there's no question that their capacity to work out complex things is extremely good. - Author: Robert Winston
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#31. We live longer and healthier lives than ever before. Animal research has improved the treatment of infections, helped with immunisation, improved cancer treatment and had a big impact on managing heart disease, brain disorders, arthritis and transplantation. - Author: Robert Winston
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#32. We are more dependent on science and engineering than at any other time in history. However, there is plenty of evidence that far too many people are scientifically illiterate, often having been put off science at school. - Author: Robert Winston
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#33. In reality, both religion and science are expressions of man's uncertainty. Perhaps the paradox is that certainty, whether it be in science or religion, is dangerous. - Author: Robert Winston
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#34. My father died when I was nine, but I came from a stable family environment, which I think does contribute to being well-behaved. - Author: Robert Winston
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#35. No matter what I've published - and you can look it up, I've published quite a lot in science, quite a few books too - none of it's very important. All will be forgotten and in a few years time will be a few comments in eight-point type in footnotes at the bottom of the page somewhere. - Author: Robert Winston
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#36. A young woman in her teens has about 300,000 eggs in her ovaries. By the time she is menopausal, none are left. - Author: Robert Winston
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#37. I don't think you can impose limits on science because the very nature of homo sapiens is that he - she - is an inquisitive species. You can't control science. You have to control the effects of science. - Author: Robert Winston
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#38. I'm a traditional Jew with an orthodox background, and it informs much of my approach to science. Of course I think it's very important that if you have those sorts of backgrounds you don't impose them on other people as a clinician, of course. - Author: Robert Winston
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#39. I do not know of any credible evidence that suggests Dr. Zavos can clone a human being. This seems to be yet another one of his claims to get publicity. - Author: Robert Winston
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#40. I did not study science at school until I was 13, when I was totally turned on by a seemingly dreary old teacher who suddenly, unannounced, manufactured a huge explosion in the middle of a totally boring monologue. From then on, all of his class wanted to make explosions. - Author: Robert Winston
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#41. Whether you're religious or not, there is a real need for other people's religious positions to be treated with the upmost respect. - Author: Robert Winston
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#42. Childhood is not dead. Children were worse off when we were hunter-gatherers; they were threatened in medieval times and exploited during the Industrial Revolution. Was it any better in the time of Charles Kingsley or Charles Dickens? - Author: Robert Winston
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#43. Our aggression is a deep instinct which survives in all kinds of manifestations in modern man. - Author: Robert Winston
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#44. Much as I like and admire Richard Dawkins, I do think that to call a book 'The God Delusion' is very worrying because the title implies that if you don't believe in what I believe then you are 'deluded.' That, I think, is a dangerous concept and one that is unlikely to win hearts and minds. - Author: Robert Winston
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#45. Over the past 20 years, I have presented many science programmes on BBC1. But none is, I think, more socially important, or of more human interest, than this ongoing series of 'Child of Our Time.' - Author: Robert Winston
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#46. Robots may cut down on infection and mean a consultant can see more patients, but wouldn't you rather meet the doctor than a machine? - Author: Robert Winston
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#47. We must not confuse religion with God, or technology with science. Religion stands in relationship to God as technology does in relation to science. Both the conduct of religion and the pursuit of technology are capable of leading mankind into evil; but both can prompt great good. - Author: Robert Winston
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#48. I like travelling on my own. It means I'm completely free to think about what's around me. - Author: Robert Winston
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#49. I don't think we will find a cure for all cancers in the next 50 years let alone 20. I think it's foolishness to say that. - Author: Robert Winston
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#50. It is time my colleagues got real. All British universities doing worthwhile research use animals, and, instead of hiding, they should be boasting of their achievements. - Author: Robert Winston
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#51. It's very clear from Biblical history and Jewish history that Jewish monotheism wasn't developed in an instant, that it became gradually the accepted norm. But undoubtedly, Jewish ancestors were polytheists. - Author: Robert Winston
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#52. There needs to be clearer communication for the public avout how valuable it [animal testing] is - Author: Robert Winston
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#53. The disturbed individual who believes himself to be Christ, or to receive messages from God, is something of a cliche in our society. Ever since Sigmund Freud, many people have associated religiosity with neurosis and mental illness. - Author: Robert Winston
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#54. When I grew up, we didn't have a TV, and I think more families today have ambitions of getting out of their environment, such as sending their children to university. - Author: Robert Winston
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#55. Some people, both scientists and religious people, deal with uncertainty by being certain. That is dangerous in the fundamentalists and it is dangerous in the fundamentalist scientists. - Author: Robert Winston
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#56. I don't much like being a public figure, because so often how people appear is not how they really are, and I think one of the issues about our society is that we make judgments about people on the basis of very flimsy evidence. - Author: Robert Winston
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#57. I love the French detective series 'Spiral.' It's quite brutal to watch, but I'm already hooked. - Author: Robert Winston
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#58. However pragmatic you are, it is very demanding being a new parent. - Author: Robert Winston
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#59. Religion has endured since the dawn of human consciousness precisely because it encompasses so much of being human. No idea has endured so long, gathered up so many disparate needs and wants and feelings, and inspired so many different paths towards understanding it. - Author: Robert Winston
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#60. There were never any doctors in my family. But my grandparents and my mother had a strong social conscience that was formative. - Author: Robert Winston
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#61. Man is a competitive creature, and the seeds of conflict are built deep into our genes. We fought each other on the savannah and only survived against great odds by organising ourselves into groups which would have had a common purpose, giving morale and fortitude. - Author: Robert Winston
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#62. I was born with my moustache and, no, I've never been tempted to shave it off. I don't spend a lot of time worrying about my face and, like Gilbert and Sullivan's Katisha, my best feature is my left shoulder-blade. - Author: Robert Winston
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#63. I used to work for the World Health Organisation in poor countries all over the world - Bangladesh, Korea, the Philippines and India. You learn a whole range of things about how other people are living and try to connect with them to gain an understanding of where they're coming from. - Author: Robert Winston
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#64. I don't know whether it is important to study science at a young age, though current thinking emphasises the need. - Author: Robert Winston
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#65. Having a child is arguably the most important thing you do in life. - Author: Robert Winston
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#66. I think scientific arrogance really does give a great degree of distrust. I think people begin to think that scientists like to believe that they can run the universe. - Author: Robert Winston
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#67. As parents, can we counter the effect of television violence? One worrying feature in Britain is that so many TV sets are in a child's bedroom; this means that the mediating effect of watching with a parent, the ability to discuss and interpret what has been seen, is lost. - Author: Robert Winston
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#68. Some of the hotels I've been put up in for work in Scotland have been shockingly bad. They're the type of hotel where the bedroom is like a cell and the Internet doesn't work. I feel quite aggrieved at that because you should at least be treated reasonably well and have basic comfort. - Author: Robert Winston
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#69. It is important that legislation keeps pace with scientific progress. - Author: Robert Winston
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#70. People think I appear on television to promote my image. That's not fair. I hate filming. I turned down 'Strictly Come Dancing.' But television is a wonderful opportunity to promote scientific ideas. 'Super Doctors' is a very thoughtful piece. - Author: Robert Winston
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#71. I think that good parenting should allow children to be children. That naivety and slightly open way of looking at the world is very valuable. - Author: Robert Winston
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#72. Neuroscience is now a very important research area in biology. We are now understanding a lot more about brains in babies, as well as children and adults. - Author: Robert Winston
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#73. IVF is very commercial. The people doing it are among the best-paid in medicine: they charge a lot per treatment and it's not in their interest to make it more effective. Having people fail means that they come back again. - Author: Robert Winston
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#74. To build and strengthen new connections, the brain needs the challenge of fresh and unusual stimuli ... There's a lot of evidence to suggest that repetition is bad for brain health, and novelty is good. - Author: Robert Winston
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#75. We can't any longer have the conventional understanding of genetics which everybody peddles because it is increasingly obvious that epigenetics - actually things which influence the genome's function - are much more important than we realised. - Author: Robert Winston
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#76. We must not fail to recognise that television can be a hugely positive influence in children's lives, one of the greatest educators in contemporary society and an increasing influence on all the children followed in 'Child of Our Time.' - Author: Robert Winston
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#77. Now we have technology where we can modify the genomics of individuals by gene transfer and genetic meddling, we may find that people will want to modify their children, enhance their intelligence, their strength and their beauty and all the other so-called desirable characteristics. - Author: Robert Winston
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#78. I actually don't mind whether people can choose the sex of the baby - in fact humans have been trying to do it for 3,000 years. But there is a real issue about the safety of the technique. - Author: Robert Winston
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