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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
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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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
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
Sep 29, 2012 John Brooke rated it liked it
Recommended to John by: Tessa Nesbit
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
Nov 16, 2011 Marcus rated it really liked it
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