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Left in the dark : the biological origins of the fall from grace : an investigation into the evolution of the human brain : a journey to the edge of the human mind

4.29 of 5 stars 4.29  ·  rating details  ·  38 ratings  ·  5 reviews
This is a totally new way of looking at the evolution of the human brain. It is so totally fresh, unexpected and hitherto un-thought-of that it will probably take a long time before evolutionary anthropologists and psychologists begin to take it on board; but it will make an impact, of that there is no doubt. It will be, it must be, taken very seriously in any discussion o ...more
8.5" x 11", perfect binding, black and white interior ink, 220 pages
Published March 28th 2008 by Lulu.com (first published 2008)
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Gwern
Having seen an overview of the claims, I expected little from this book but I was hopeful that it could at least be "mind candy" in the same sense that I enjoyed tremendously reading Jayne's _Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind_. But having finished reading it, I'm disappointed. It's not fit to shine Jaynes's boot buckle; while Jaynes's theory has serious problems (explaining where bicameralism went, worldwide, and other chronological problems, for starters), it at lea ...more
David
I learned a lot from this book, in particular about diet and human physiology. It presents a fascinating theory that our ancestors where specialized fruit eaters, but separation from this food source around 200,000 years ago had a harmful effect on body chemistry. The research makes a compelling argument that the post separation diet has caused the human brain to devolve far from its evolutionary peak. Leaves you wondering what our frugivore ancestors were like beforehand - perhaps their time wa ...more
Marcus
I learned a lot from this book. I've learnt more about the benefits of raw food and the problems with our current food habits. I've also learnt a number of fascinating facts regarding sleep, hormones, lefthandedness and neuropsychology - some actually quite practical and useful knowledge for living a good and healthy life. However, I disagree with the reductionism the author's espouse, especially regarding Dr Strassman's DMT trials (see DMT : The Spirit Molecule). Their position is refuted brill ...more
John Brooke
Sep 29, 2012 John Brooke rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to John by: Tessa Nesbit
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This is a clearly writen and well documented with an extensive bibliographies of the quoted works revelent to this exploratory book. A lot of speculation and soothe saying. In the end the impression I was left with, is that this was in reality a well crafted prospectise appealing for an opportunity/funding for the writers to engage in Left Brain, Right Brain in deepth research. I found it a valuable catalogue of what's happening in the search for soul in the human mind. Well worth ploughing thro ...more
David Lamp
Though much of the book is theoretical in stance rather than empirical or experimental, the authors provide much food for thought. Definitely a candidate for interdisciplinary research frameworks.
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