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The Fall: The Insanity of the Ego in Human History and the Dawning of a New Era

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'An important and fascinating book about the origin, history and impending demise of the ego - humanity's collective dysfunction. 'The Fall' is highly readable and enlightening, as the author's acute mind is at all times imbued with the higher faculty of spiritual awareness.' Eckhart Tolle
ebook, 352 pages
Published May 11th 2010 by O-Books (first published September 8th 2005)
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Tom Allen
This is a book that promises much and delivers less, yet is still very much worth reading. For the most part it is written in a typical pop-science style, with citations littered throughout, a relatively impersonal voice, and seemingly relies heavily upon empirical science to back up its argument, which is essentially that society in recent times has developed various pathologies as a result of a sharpened sense of self and therefore a distancing of the individual from being part of a greater wh ...more
Stuart Haden
Fantastic book that will be at the heart of many of the programmes that I deliver. Taylor tackles the rise of the ego in modern man. Great underlying history, starting in 4,000 BC with our ancestors - hunters and gathers.

A foraging society where most or all food is obtained from wild plants and animals. During this period egos did not surface, instead we were engaged in music, storytelling, art and sex. Then society changed and in retrospect the ego was born. We starting putting down roots, lite
This is in my view a well written and informative treatise on social history.Most of the evidence for the fall from a "golden age" is speculative but convincing all the same. The book is very readable and well laid out and contains some fascinating facts.For the most part the book covers the history of mankind from a spiritual standpoint without being too dreamy and utopian.
Hans Muller
I picked up a German translation of this remarkable book in the University Bookshop in Bamberg(G). Was - and still am - impressed by Steve Taylor's ability to compress mankind's cultural travel through history in a book this size, adding a new and provocative angle to boot. His theory is clearly formulated in the first 50 pages, and the rest of the book seems to consist of supporting arguments. Still quite readable though. Will keep any other interested readers posted.
Very enjoyable to read and has changed the way I look at history and society in general. Excellent book to get you thinking. Not sure I entirely agree with all of the author's opinions about the future path of mankind or how evolution actually works but regardless highly recommended.
Georgina Lara
This book has value mainly because it forces you to challenge beliefs you had never questioned before. I do not agree entirely with what is presented here but I have finished reading this and have been shaken by it.
A good book that try to answer some very difficult questions about the origin of violence, exploitation and Egocentrism.
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