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 of human origins. Colin Groves: (Professor of Biological Anthropology at the School of Archaeology & Anthropology, Australian National University and author of several books including A Theory Of Human And Primate Evolution and Bones, Stones and Molecules)---->More information and latest comments etc at www.leftinthedark.org.uk/Book
"left in the dark" Tim Varley A truly seminal piece of writing . . . ties together very succinctly diverse esoteric ideologies with a solid underpinning of factual observations from the fields of neurophysiology, psychology and much more. I look forward to seeing where practical application of some of the ideas mentioned can lead us.
"Left in the Dark by Graham Gynn and Tony Wright" One the great puzzles of primate evolution has been the explosive evolution of the anomalous human brain. Another aspect of evolution usually ignored or overlooked by evolutionary biologists has been the certain impact of bioactive plant secondary metabolites, abundant in the omnivorous diet of foraging primates, on the evolution of human cognition, as well as physiological and neurological adaptations. The authors of Left in the Dark have proposed a stunningly innovative and challenging theory that neatly ties together these issues and provides plausible, rational, and scientifically insightful explanations for many of the most persistent mysteries surrounding the evolution of the human brain, cognitive and cultural evolution, and human brain anomalies. The authors also show how human interactions and adaptations to plant secondary compounds continue to profoundly influence individual human development, human behavior, and... More > contemporary societal evolution. The authors have made an ambitious and well-crafted argument, and have done so in an engaging manner that will be comprehensible to any intelligent layman, and will also be of interest to anthropologists, evolutionary biologists, cognitive psychologists, neurophysiologists, ethnobotanists, and virtually anyone else who has ever wondered how humans evolved to be the way we are.< Less
"left in the dark" When I first read left in the dark I was awestruck. Through a true piece of right brain inspiration he has possibly stumbled on the single most important discovery ever made: that our left brains are a damaged counterpart of the right. Not only that but he explores in detail the possible biological causes as well as consequences theological, social and individual. He also poses some enthralling ideas to remedy the situation. As a supposedly rational atheist I have often had trouble reconciling my 'spiritual' experiences with my world view. Tony's book gave me a way through this. A year on from my first reading of left in the dark I am still grateful for the insight it has given me into the human condition. I hope and suspect that this is the starting point for a revolution in the way we think about ourselves - not as the pinnacle of evolution but simply as a species that made it this far (and by the skin of our teeth at that). Oh and did I mention it is... More > beautifully and entertainingly written? Good luck guys:-)< Less
"LEFT IN THE DARK" I HAVE READ MANY BOOKS, AND DONE LOTS OF RESEARCH IN THE REALMS OF, SPIRITUALITY, AND HUMAN PHYSICS... HOW WE AND THE UNIVERSE WORKS, LEFT IN THE DARK IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE READ. IT IS FULL OF RIVETING CONTENT AND IS HARD TO PUT DOWN,THE FRESH IDEAS AND CONCLUSIONS SPEAK LOUDLY, AND "ring true" THE BOOK IS ALSO SUPERBLY RITTEN AND VERY ACCESSABLE. A MUST READ BOOK.
"Left In The Dark " I have never come across a paradigm that fitted so many others into its context. Not only is it the most comprehensive, science-based understanding of current human nature, but it is also the most reverential. Offering the highest degree of credible research from numerous fields it shows why Humans are the most inventive of creatures, and cites us with great powers beyond our current knowledge, but also, why we are the most destructive, and in the most stupid of ways. Fields of research as diverse as these typically do not meet, but Tony's work is forcing a new era, whereby all sciences must find grounds upon which to agree if we are to survive the current epoch. Ahead of his time, but not a moment to soon. It is time to ask why Humans are so disconnected, greedy and harbouring, to the point of mass genocide. If we are indeed nature's greatest achievement, then where is the evidence of our abundance and wisdom? The starving millions, standing in mounds of... More > recyclable plastic, doesn't seem to show such a rosy picture as we would like, so we just ignore it. Why ? Or are we really, as the book suggests, in the greatest mass dillusion of all time. That actually, what we see as the peaks of our intellectual abilities are driven by our insatiable needs, created in turn by our unprecedented sense of disconnection and loneliness. Tony's book not only highlights the most terrible depth of our situation, but also brings to bare the great hope that exists from understanding the problem. The most encompassing, traumatic and yet hopeful book I have even read.< Less
"left in the dark" Left in the Dark sheds LIGHT on what can only be described as perfect sense about our human nature. The ideas are cutting edge and could transform society if were were to implement them in our day to day lives. It provides hope that humanity isn't destined for disaster. The choice, however, is always ours. Will we seek to honour our biological needs or go on suppressing them? I fully endorse the authors' intentions, research and conclusions, and can't recommend the book highly enough. It should be mandatory reading for anyone involved in medicine, psychology, biology and nutrition. EXCELLENT and gripping. Veronika Robinson, Editor, The Mother magazine www.themothermagazine.co.uk
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