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The Awakened Ape: A Biohacker's Guide to Evolutionary Fitness, Natural Ecstasy, and Stress-Free Living

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What secrets do Amazonian tribes, Himalayan hermits, and enlightened monks know about health and happiness that have been lost to the world today?

In The Awakened Ape Jevan Pradas uses evolutionary psychology to hack the human mind and body to answer the question: "How can we enjoy life to the fullest?" The results, while unexpected, are
Kindle Edition, 291 pages
Published January 11th 2017
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Rif A. Saurous
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
You know the drill. The paleo story: blahblahblah adapted for nomadic tribal hunter gather life blahblahblah in some ways hunter-gatherers had it better blahblahblah sleep lots lift heavy things don't eat processed foods blahblahblah. And the Buddhist story: Attachment and craving cause suffering, which we can mitigate (or by some accounts eliminate) via meditation. This book puts the stories together, arguing that primitive hunter-gatherers didn't suffer in the Buddhist sense. Two great stories ...more
Joshua Barton
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Not a typical bio hacking book

This is a good read. Goes quickly. Not your typical bio hacking book. This is more about living a paleo life (not just nutritionally) with mediation thrown on top.

The beginning and ending thirds are very strong. In the middle third (roughly), the author comes across as a horny college-aged stoner. Some of the science is a bit thin in a few areas and the author doesn't completely understand what he is citing.

Despite the negatives, the good parts are so strong that I
Joseph Slape
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Claim your birthright.

I throughly enjoyed reading this book. It reminded me that our modern day society is not in line with the way we were meant to be. Plenty of tips to help get back to being a real human, as close as possible at least. I'll probably be giving this another read through in the near future.
Michael Wayne Hampton
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
good overview of how to incorporate evolutionary health and mindfulness practices into everyday life
Bon Tom
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really good, makes perfect sense in almost every aspect. There's even clear recipe for how to solve the human "cultured" situation, which was not coded in our genes.

Although, I'm not completely sold on that "no wash" idea :) It perfectly logical, but I'm not sure I could power through that mid-phase in which I'm still out of balance and contaminate my environment with my stink, alienating everybody who comes in vicinity.

Females, though... Exactly two (2) times in my whole life did I sample that
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very Knowledgeable Book

Very Informative Book that makes you Think and Change your Lifestyle. Every Page makes Sense. Had a Great Impact on Me. I Strongly Suggest this Book. One of the Best Books I read.
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I’ve always liked people who think for themselves. Those who look at life objectively and originally, who consider alternatives and use rational reflection to inform their own perception. I think it’s important to question the “why” of things. To try not to mindlessly exist, following the path of least resistance and behaving in a pre-ordained, predictable pattern like so many others.

Go to school, pass your exams, go to university, get a job, get married, get a house, have kids, etc. There is n
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First off, to clear things up, this is not another Paleo cookbook, nor is it your average self-help book. This book goes much deeper into the social and psychological factors that we all should consider in our pursuits to be happy humans. Jevan Pradas does this spectacularly by blending in the scientific and anthropological data with funny short stories. These short stories will have you rolling on the floor laughing like a Piraha one second (you'll get this joke after reading the book) and pond ...more
Alex Devero
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-development
This book was a nice surprise. Unlike many other books about biohacking, this doesn't try to push you anything high-tech that would cost you a fortune. Instead, it goes back to the roots of humankind and shows what "hacks" can we learn from currently living tribal societies as well as our ancestors. The book starts with asking the question many people ask: "what is the meaning of life?" Then, Jevan explores daily habits of tribes such as Pygmies, New World Savages, Cannibals, Masai and Piraha. A ...more
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A nice read

A good reminder of how we've evolved as a species,and how we need to live in order to return to our primordial's sure to awaken you to a new state of consciousness.loved it!
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brian Rugroden
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good introduction

Not a bad read! Good introduction and i liked how he incorporated both paleo and Buddhist meditation lifestyles. It's a good mix.
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Big Ideas:

+ There are several disconnects (or mismatches) between modern society and the hunter gatherer (HG) societies in which humans evolved. These disconnects cause us many problems but some of these can be corrected for
- HG societies are not very hierarchical, but modern society is rife with hierarchy. HG society is egalitarian, since everyone has to share food and resources for survival. Coercion is frowned upon to the point that parents often don’t even keep their children from imminent d
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
The Awakened Ape is a sublime book that is potentially life changing.

That being said I didn't like everything that was written. I will not focus on the good aspects of the book in my review because they are too many to mention so I will be only focusing on the things I did not like.

1) Him redefining hedonism at the start of the book didn't sit well with me. Hedonism, as a philosophical definition--which has also been mentioned by Jevan--is to "Maximize pleasure and minimize pain". He mentions t
Sep 20, 2018 rated it liked it
This was an interesting read, the author is a philosopher and behavioural analyst, he covers a wide range of topics exploring the lives and habits of tribes of people living remotely and independently around the world. Stories of tribe's lifestyles vary wildly; from people living in the Amazon, and remote areas of Africa, to the practises of Buddhist Monks in Asia. The writer seems to aim much of the narrative towards men, but that's easily overlooked as i enjoyed the stories and think the theor ...more
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Even though I am not yet ready to give up on shampoo and soap, and perhaps not quite there when it comes to setting aside the whole 30 min a day for meditation—I usually do it for a shorter time—I love the ideas this book promotes. Save for the parts where drugs are mentioned, since that's not really my style. Or the whole spiel on the Paleo diet, which is IMHO too restrictive, and needlessly so.

Getting in touch with oneself, and letting go of so many artificially produced pressures and stresso
Rodger Friesen
Nov 25, 2018 rated it liked it
I think a lot of the points in the book get dragged down by the writer's narrative. Most of the points are followable and good, but the author self-aggrandizes and uses mostly just quotes and self-experience for why he is write. This is epitomized in the chapter where he says not to shower with soap or shampoo and then talks about how a girl wanted to fellate him on Halloween because of it.

The author is very sex minded, the science is loose, but the parts where he discusses how to do certain thi
Sean Burke
Aug 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
This one really cannot be recommended. Poorly constructed logic and primitive thinking pervades, while some of the research presented was in fact interesting, the lazy use of language is insulting to his readers’ intellect.

While there’s a few nuggets in there, the idea that the only enlightened beings today can or should all be Paleo meat chugging heterosexual, “bros” was so off putting and exactly opposite from Buddhism that the number of times I noticed my eyes rolling made me wish the next p
Aj Greenman
Oct 01, 2018 rated it liked it
I didn't really find a whole lot of anything new here; just basics about stress, meditation, diet and exercise. Wasn't a bad read, and it's good to reaffirm some solid tried and true ideas in a fresh way, but I went in hoping for something a little bit more. For some people, this book will probably be well worth reading, but if you know some of the basics about Buddhism, the paleo diet, anthropology and E.P. , stuff you would learn in any entry-level college course, then you won't find anything ...more
May 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Good basic

I liked the stuff about exercise and diet. The meditation part was a bit interesting, but not convincing. I too believe mediation is valuable, but he got off on some odd tangents. Still, I’m glad I read the book.
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting points

A good read. Some very interesting points an I will strive to become an awakened ape after reading this book.
Ahmed yousry Ragab
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nice book about the evolutionary impact on human body and mind and how to regain our best physical and mental state using biohacks.
Aug 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: brain, science, self-shelf
Lengthy stories about tribes and reminders how important meditation is.
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“It was time to tell them the story of Jesus Christ. It was time to save their souls. Powerful sermons meant to convert nonbelievers have a certain structure. You’re supposed to talk about your own weaknesses, about how Christianity saved you, about how you once were blind but now you could see. Everett told them a story about his stepmother’s suicide. This was supposed to trigger a powerful emotional response. But after telling this story, he was greeted by laughter. He was hurt and confused. “What’s so funny? Why are you laughing?” he asked. “You people kill yourselves?” the Piraha replied. “We don’t do that. What is this?” It was not that they were mean-spirited or had a cruel sense of humor; it was the very notion of suicide that struck them as unbelievably bizarre and outrageous. And then it dawned on Everett! He had come here to save the Piraha, but they weren’t the ones who needed saving. He writes: I realized they don’t have a word for worry, they don’t have any concept of depression, they don’t have any schizophrenia or a lot of the mental health problems, and they treat people very well. If someone does have any sort of handicap, and the only ones I’m aware of are physical, they take very good care of them. When people get old, they feed them. Still, Everett was determined that his training should not go to waste. He was a true believer; he thought he was doing good by telling them how Jesus would want them to live. So while living with the Piraha, every once in a while, he would pepper them with inspiring anecdotes about Jesus, explaining Christian theology and morality, hoping that the Piraha would change their ways. One morning, he was sitting around drinking coffee when one of the Piraha said: “Dan, I want to talk with you. We like you, we know you live with us because the land is beautiful, and we have plenty of fish, and you don’t have that in the United States...but you know we have had people come and tell us about Jesus before. Somebody else told us about Jesus, and then the other guy came and told us about Jesus, and now you’re telling us about Jesus, and we really like you but, see, we’re not Americans, and we don’t want to know about Jesus. We like to drink, and we like to have a good time, and we like, you have sex with many people, both women and men. So don’t tell us anymore about Jesus or God. We are tired of it.” And then they ate him. Just kidding.” 0 likes
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