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Freedom This has to be the worst book I have read in a very long time Spectacularly poor I d give it zero stars if GR allowed me to.Let s start at the beginning The basic premise of the book is that mankind is in the last chance saloon because we don t understand the duality of our nature that we are capable of both good and evil deeds Apparently, this is in stark contrast to the animal kingdom which doesn t kill, rape or torture for pleasure And we learned to be evil when we became conscious around about the time that we stopped being hunter gatherers and started to become farmers What utter twaddle Ever watched a cat play with a mouse Much of the book s core science if we can call it that comes from discredited writing by Laurens Van Der Post who tried to claim that the bushmen of the Kalahari were 100% non violent and children of nature Which they are not.The dodgy pseudoscience wouldn t be so bad if the book was reasonably well written Unfortunately, it isn t It is a dense and almost unreadable rant which stuffs far too many polysyllabic words into every sentence to make up for its lack of content This book is than 800 pages long Frankly, it feels longer.Then we have a hectoring tone which criticises anyone who dares to disagree with the book as being afraid of the truth, or having failed to understand what the book is saying.Bizarrely, the book uses quotes from popular songs and cartoons I wish I was making this up in order to prove its points.The worst sin of all has to be the underlying arrogance This is the only book to save the world The messianic author is the only person to have worked all this out The sycophancy and arrogance is nauseating.The one good point is that the book is free on the web google human condition Avoid, avoid, avoid. The Fastest Growing Realization Everywhere Is That Humanity Can T Go On The Way It Is Going Indeed, The Great Fear Is We Are Entering Endgame Where We Appear To Have Lost The Race Between Self Destruction And Self Discovery The Race To Find The Psychologically Relieving Understanding Of Our Good And Evil Afflicted Human Condition WELL, ASTONISHING AS IT IS, THIS BOOK BY AUSTRALIAN BIOLOGIST JEREMY GRIFFITH PRESENTS THE TH HOUR BREAKTHROUGH BIOLOGICAL EXPLANATION OF THE HUMAN CONDITION NECESSARY FOR THE PSYCHOLOGICAL REHABILITATION AND TRANSFORMATION OF OUR SPECIES The Culmination Of Years Of Studying And Writing About Our Species Psychosis, FREEDOM Delivers Nothing Less Than The Holy Grail Of Insight We Have Needed To Free Ourselves From The Human Condition It Is, In Short, As Professor Harry Prosen, A Former President Of The Canadian Psychiatric Association, Asserts In His Introduction, THE BOOK THAT SAVES THE WORLD Griffith Has Been Able To Venture Right To The Bottom Of The Dark Depths Of What It Is To Be Human And Return With The Fully Accountable, True Explanation Of Our Seemingly Imperfect Lives At Long Last We Have The Redeeming And Thus Transforming Understanding Of Human Behaviour And With That Explanation Found All The Other Great Outstanding Scientific Mysteries About Our Existence Are Now Also Able To Be Truthfully Explained Of The Meaning Of Our Existence, Of The Origin Of Our Unconditionally Selfless Moral Instincts, And Of Why We Humans Became Conscious When Other Animals Haven T Yes, The Full Story Of Life On Earth Can Finally Be Told And All Of These Incredible Breakthroughs And Insights Are Presented Here In This Greatest Of All Books The Dawn of our Emancipation FREEDOM The End Of The Human Condition by Jeremy GriffithFrom time to time we are stopped in our tracks Something disrupts our veneer and strikes a deep chord in our psyche, transcending our day to day lives, leaving a lasting imprint.Jeremy Griffith s summa work FREEDOM The End Of The Human Condition left me in a state of shock, awe and hope for our future It captivated and stirred me, awakening my senses from a world in turmoil and a world drowning in superficiality It also unsettled me the subject matter and implications for me as an individual and for us as a species ensured this Even the title unnervingly confronts us with the stark reality of a planet seemingly on the brink of self destruction.To context the significance of the realm Griffith works in Professor Harry Prosen, renowned psychiatrist and former President of the Canadian Psychiatric Association said this about the importance of the book for humans This book of books, indeed this greatest of all books, effectively takes humanity from a state of bewilderment about the nature of human existence to a state of profound understanding of our lives It is a case of having got all the truth up in one go I believe this is the most sensational information to ever appear on planet Earth I have no doubt this biological explanation of the human condition is the holy grail of insight we have sought for the psychological rehabilitation of the human race As to the seriousness of this psychological rehabilitation of the human race Griffith quotes the great Scottish clinical psychiatrist R D Laing who starkly articulates just how compromised he feels the human psychological situation is We are dead, but think we are alive We are asleep, but think we are awake We are dreaming, but take our dreams to be reality We are the halt, lame, blind, deaf, the sick But we are doubly unconscious We are so ill that we no longer feel ill, as in many terminal illnesses We are mad, but have no insight into the fact of our madness Self and Others, 1961, p.38 of 192 Griffith himself says this about the direful state of human affairs Conflict between individuals, races, cultures and countries abounds there is genocide, terrorism, mass displacement of peoples, starvation, runaway diseases, environmental devastation, gross inequality, racial and gender oppression, rampant corruption and other crimes, drug abuse, obesity, family breakdown and epidemic levels of depression, unhappiness and loneliness In short, the situation is now so dire the human race is, in fact, entering end play or end game, where the Earth cannot absorb any further devastation from the effects of our behaviour Chapter 2, FREEDOM The End Of The Human Condition.With this backdrop to our human situation, Griffith puts forward that the issue of the human condition is the ONLY question facing the human race, because its solution has become a matter of critical urgency Chapter 2, FREEDOM A biologist by trade, Griffith s working life has been spent writing about, understanding and explaining the human condition he has written seven other books, including Australasian best seller A Species in Denial Grounded in biology, his writing is bold, upfront and honest, cutting a swathe through the world we live in Yet, for all the confronting truths he unlocks about our human condition, and there are many, Griffith has the uncanny ability to walk in the reader s shoes, to make sense of all that seems inexplicable in our world and in ourselves in a way that will deeply resonate Griffith s discourse is comprehensive, and doing justice to the depth of insight and subject matter covered is not possible in this short review, however it is suffice to say that Griffith moves with apparent ease through profound and consequential subject matter He draws on the likes of Plato, Nietzsche, Van der Post, Darwin, R.D Laing and others and he deals head on with explaining men and women, politics and religion He takes the reader on a journey of enlightenment from explaining the development of order of matter on Earth and the meaning of life to leading the reader through the psychological maturation of humanity from the origins of our conscience, the development of consciousness and the emergence of the human condition.What lies at the heart of Griffith s insight is his biological explanation of the human condition and the liberation from life under the duress of the human condition that he claims is now possible To that end, in Chapter 2 The true nature of the human condition , Griffith presciently reconnects the reader with the deeply buried inside us all issue of the human condition He confronts us with narrative on the contradictory nature of our behavior, describing both our capacity to be loving, selfless and compassionate and paradoxically to be selfish, aggressive and brutal Griffith then raises the fundamental questions that he suggests we face as a species Why are we the way we are Where does our contradictory nature and this dark side to our behavior come from Does this divisive behavior mean that we are fundamentally bad or flawed and How will this behavior ever be bought to an end With these all encompassing questions posed, Griffith then fearlessly, logically and compassionately, through first degree biology goes about answering them In essence he suggests that we have a cooperative past and that our original instinctive orientation, the representation of which is our conscience or soul was to the universally accepted ideals of life, to be cooperative, loving and selfless and that in fact we once lived in an all loving and selfless Garden of Eden state Griffith then goes on to explain that the human condition, this paradox of good and evil that we have in our make up only appeared with the development of consciousness Griffith identifies this key moment as happening some two million years ago once our nerve based learning system became sufficiently developed for us to become conscious and able to effectively manage events, our conscious intellect was then in a position to wrest control from our gene based learning system s instincts, which, up until then, had been in charge of our lives Moreover, at the point of becoming conscious the nerve based learning system should wrest management of the individual from the instincts because such a self managing or self adjusting system is infinitely efficient at adapting to change than the gene based system, which can only adapt to change very slowly over many generations HOWEVER, it was at this juncture, when our conscious intellect challenged our instincts for control, that a terrible battle broke out between our instincts and intellect, the effect of which was the extremely competitive, selfish and aggressive state that we call the human condition Chapter 2 , FREEDOM.With this established Griffith reasons that without understanding of this dilemma or paradox of the human condition, of why when the ideals in life are, and our original instinctive orientation was, to be cooperative, loving and selfless are we humans capable of such extremely competitive, selfish and aggressive behaviour that we have been left carrying a deep burden of guilt and insecurity about our fundamental sense of worth However, and the simplicity of this can seem beguiling, Griffith explains that it is through being able to understand why our human condition emerged and the very good reason for all of our behaviour, or put another way through now having the biological explanation of our fundamental worth, that this burden of guilt can lift from our psyche enabling the behavior to subside and the cycle of destruction plaguing our planet to end, bringing about real and transformative change to the world In fact, Chapter 9 is inspirationally titled The dawn of our emancipation And this future that Griffith sees clearly needs inclusion Everyone in every situation and predicament can now rise up as radiant new beings from their corpse like state Everyone can now come back to life can wake up from their human condition afflicted torpor and look outwards and see each other and the world for the first time, and move across and help each other, and do anything and everything that needs to be done to end the suffering and pain that plagues this planet We humans have, in truth, all been asleep, owned by so much pain and suffering And, certainly, we are going to be in shock for a little while absorbing the realisation that we have finally won our freedom from the agony of the human condition but it s on, the great awakening, the rising up of the human race from its deep slumber From the festering, stalled state it has been in for far too long, waiting for these liberating understandings of the human condition, the human race is finally on its way Chapter 9 , FREEDOM.In a world consumed by suffering, anger, desperation, corruption, violence and despair, and with society disintegrating and rotting in dogma and meaninglessness FREEDOM is timely and seismic Timely in the desperately needed answers, meaning and understanding it brings to our world, and seismic in the truth and hope that this knowledge brings to our future Every human needs a copy of this book. This is a book that warrants serious thought Particularly given the claims by Harry Prosen that it is a masterpiece and the greatest of all books These claims would place its importance above say the writings of Meister Eckhart, Carl Jung or Dostoevsky How are we to decide if these claims are legitimate or if they are emotive hyperbole Griffith claims his theory is scientific therefore it should be empirically verifiable and open to proof or refutation In my view Griffith s work falls far short of this ideal In fact many of his claims are based on emotive assertion He offers no empirical data to support many of his claims therefore the reader is unable to reproduce his analysis and confirm or reject his findings In circular fashion he claims people who reject his theory are being evasive and in denial This tactic of claiming the opponents of your theory are in denial while offering no data as to why you are correct is one adopted by circular or pseudoscientific theories such as Marxism or Freudianism.So let s unpack Griffith s analysis Griffith s main thesis is that increased nurturing of infants is the main driver in human evolution He claims this is the truth that orthodox science has denied offering alternative explanation such as the invention of tools or language Griffith seems to be on track here although it is incorrect to say science has not acknowledged this fact The most widely accepted theory in human evolutionary studies at the moment assumes that an intensification of parental care relative to other primates is central to the human emergence For a detailed analysis of this literature I refer the reader to The Evolution of Human Life History edited by Kirsten Hawkes which analyses the notion that an intensification of parental care is what drove human evolution This leads us to the other major flaw in Griffith s work He rightly argues that nurturing is important in human evolution but he then makes the leap that nurturing in early infancy is what creates our adult personality And why is science in denial about the role of nurturing in human evolution Simple scientists have damaged souls because they received inadequate nurturing and therefore they have institutionalised the denial of the role of nurturing into science itself There are two problems here The first is the assumption that infancy determines variation in adulthood personality The second is that lack of nurturing in the background of scientists has produced the systematic denial of nurturing in studies of human evolution which as I have suggested does not exist, with the role of intensified parenting being at the heart of contemporary human evolutionary studies.Griffith believes the lack of nurturing in our background is the core problem at the heart of the human condition He also argues that our personality is indelibly grafted into us during the first few years of life and that this is something that is determined and which we have little hope of changing or overcoming that is by the time we reach childhood and adolescence the die is cast so to speak by the degree of early nurturing we receive And it is the degree of nurturing that we receive that determines our ability to think clearly about the human condition As he writes nurturing played an immensely important role in the formation of our character 240 elsewhere commenting that lack of nurturing in infancy and early childhood makes self confrontation during the thoughtful early adolescent stage overwhelmingly depressing 124 And again the role and importance nurturing played in the maturation of our lives, have been unbearable for upset humans to admit 61.This is where the fatal flaw exists in Griffith s work The major studies in human behavioural genetics undertaken by people such as Robert Plomin and Judith Rich Harris indicate that early nurturing explains very little of the differences in adult personality Most of that variation that is why my personality might be different to yours is explained by heritable variation in addition to environmental influences outside the home that occur after infancy that is amongst peers within the broader culture during childhood and adolescence In this sense Griffith s grand scheme of nurturing explaining variation in adult personality is not supported by current data And what is his strategy in making his case claiming in circular fashion that people who reject his thesis are in denial This is not how science works Griffith offers no data sets which can be used to replicate his findings He merely piles on quote after quote from authorities supporting his view without quoting any evidence against his view This is Griffith s primary method what is called confirmation bias one of the hallmarks of non falsifiable theories.Upon this flawed foundation, for which not robust scientific data exists, Griffith constructs an entire system in fact an entire model of how we are to construct a future civilisation Because he believes that our character is indelibly grafted into us during infancy and early childhood he makes the further point that our ability to think clearly and honestly is determined by the degree of nurturing we received in our infancy He also claims that our world should be ordered according to the quality of nurturing we have received in infancy for it is our degree of nurturing that determines the nature of our adult character and therefore our ability to think soundly Consequently, it will only be those of us whose have a sound character as a result of early nurturing who will be free of insecurity and consequently able to develop a truthful and honest understating of human nature and therefore help develop a new psychologically healthy society.When you actually begin to seriously investigate what Griffith is arguing the unscientific nature of his thinking becomes apparent and consequently the entire edifice of his theory begins to crumble The most significant issue here is that there is very little evidence that differences between our individual characters are the result of nurturing in early infancy Abuse and neglect outside the range of what is considered normal parenting can result in life long psychological problems that require significant therapeutic interventions However, most of the variation that we see in human character is not the result of the degree of early nurturing we have received Differences between individuals, based on the data of behavioural genetics, seem to be attributable to environmental effects outside the home that is the broader culture and peer group combined with hereditary influences The most robust evidence in support of this view has come from twin studies.These studies have shown that identical twins separated at birth and raised in different homes have quite similar characters Most significantly they are similar to one another than they are to their respective siblings in the adoptive home This should not occur if parenting style and nurturing in the home determine adult character This research is based upon a whole battery of psychological measures such as susceptibility to depression, schizophrenia and psychoses, as well as character traits such as degrees of happiness, timidity, confidence, introversion and extraversion The only way to explain this phenomenon is that similarity in character evident in identical twins is due to hereditary factors If nurturing did determine character, as Griffith claims, then identical twins separated at birth would show greater affinities to their siblings in their adoptive homes The fact that they do not, and that they resemble one another than their adoptive siblings, means that something else is involved in the formation of human character in addition to the influence of early nurturing Given that identical twins share the same DNA, the only way to explain their similar characters is by invoking hereditary factors These studies directly undermine one of the major foundation stones of Griffith s theory, his consequent view of the world and how we should develop a future society Once we realise that foundation stone is without any empirical support major aspects of his apparently liberating intellectual edifice begin to crumble.For those who are interested I suggest Judith Rich Harris The Nurture Assumption as well as her No Two Alike which both detail the vast body of data against the notion that differences in adult character result from different parenting styles The essential point here is that no matter how you alter the early parental environmental important aspects of character will not be affected In other words genetic factors push against and resist environmental influence, remaining invariant when environmental variables alter Given that much of the variation in human biology which includes height, body shape and hair colour are based on genetic differences, it stands to reason that aspects of brain function underpinning human character vary in human populations If this were not so then humans would be an evolutionary anomaly that is a species with a nervous system that lacks genetic diversity To assert such a position is anti evolutionary This is because for evolution or natural selection to operate there must be genetic diversity within the population It is unlikely that the human brain is the sole exception to this universal fact of organic life on earth.Griffith takes no account of these studies but merely makes emotive assertions that his view is correct with the caveat that anyone who does not accept his theory is being evasive of the truth This is kind of circular reasoning, presented in the absence of robust longitudinal data sets, is not how science works Consequently, Griffith s theory is non falsifiable or not open to experimental refutation which is a polite way of saying his work is pseudoscience Therefore until he can produce a longitudinal data set indicating correlations between parenting styles, the degree of nurturing we receive in early infancy and variation in adult character, his work can only be described as pseudo science If Griffith is incorrect on this issue then it seems he is misleading and deceiving his readers and those individuals who believe he has discovered the indubitable truth about human nature It should be added that I do not believe Griffith is deceiving people intentionally in fact I believe he is a decent man with honourable intentions However, honourable intentions do not necessarily produce robust, experimentally verifiable science.The main reason I believe his ideas are deceptive, misleading and potentially harmful is that people may actually attribute various character dispositions they have to the degree and quality of nurturing they received in early infancy Not only is this a scientifically untenable view but it may also lead individuals to make inaccurate interpretations of their own character and the character of other individuals, that far from being therapeutically beneficial, may actually cause problems than they solve If we wish to solve our psychological problems we need to know what their causes are And attributing them to the wrong cause may result in years of pointless navel gazing and hashing over ones infancy and childhood without any positive therapeutic outcome.There is another unusual aspect to Griffith s nurturing hypothesis that rather circuitously ties in with his politics Griffith claims that Left wing political analysis is oppressive, hindering liberty and the search for knowledge and that the political Right is at the van guard of intellectual freedom and exploration, fulfilling our two million year search for knowledge He extolls the virtues of leaders such as John Howard and Margaret Thatcher and her belief in liberty and other forms of neo conservative ideology that developed during the 80s and 90s This is legitimate as an ideological preference and there is or was prior to the Global Financial Crisis in 2008 evidence that neoliberal free market ideology did deliver economic and social benefits as a result of opening up markets and reducing the power of unions Thatcher was a big fan of F.A Hayek who argued in The Road to Serfdom that government regulation of markets would continually produce economic collapse.What this means is that neoliberalism is not about any concept of abstract freedom it is explicitly a model of how societies should be organised economically in order to create healthy and stable populations In other words it was based on a moral assertion that neoliberalism is the best means of creating societies that are prosperous and that benefit all This was based on the notion that increased profits will trickle down the social and economic hierarchy, raising the living standards of all and lifting people out of poverty Since the 2008 crash this has been shown to be a fallacy the waves of boom and bust resulting from the financialisation of markets eventually becoming a tsunami that has produced a global economic crisis, with the banks being bailed out, absolved of any responsibility and their mistakes foisted onto the general populace who are suffering under unjust and economically disastrous austerity measures This is widely acknowledges by the world s leading economic analysts such as Paul Krugman and Joseph Stiglitz both of whom are Nobel laureates In other words neoliberalism failed to deliver on its promises and is now considered a failed economic model that is responsible for the current state of social disintegration in Europe and America.The point is much of Griffith s polemic about freedom seems already dated and mostly a product of Cold War ideological battles and political developments that occurred in the 80s and 90s At the moment those who are in denial of reality and who are supressing freedom and the search for knowledge are recalcitrant neoliberals who refuse to register the fact that their ideological preferences and economic models have failed to deliver on their promises Real knowledge and insight is coming from people who are willing to abandon neoliberal dogma which is currently eating away at the social fabric of our civilisation and the intellectual and political freedoms that should be at the heart of our democratic institutions Griffith s thinking and polemical attempt to ground his ideological preferences in biology seem dated and mired in pre 2008 economic debates Recent history has basically shown his thinking to be redundant I suggest Yanas Varoufaukis The Global Minotaur America, Europe and the Future of the Global Economy if readers want a serious and considered analysis of neo liberalism that does not seek to naturalise it or somehow ground its supposed virtues biology.What is even unusual in Griffith s theory is how he connects his political analysis with his nurturing thesis Who are the strong and resilient and hence well nurtured members of our community Griffiths claims it is conservatives who have the strength of character to take up the fight against idealism and fulfil our destiny to find knowledge And who are the poorly nurtured and psychologically exhausted in our community In Griffith s view wait for it left wing activists, environmentalists, homosexuals and postmodernists.For example, Griffith claims that postmodern theory is a symptom of childhood trauma and the current degeneration of society or death by dogma that he feels pervades contemporary political life that is non conservative political life As he writes the totally dishonest, completely alienated, definitely autistic postmodernist movement is a symptom of being corrupted upset hurt soul damaged in infancy and childhood In this context it is worth considering one of the foundational texts of postmodern theory, Michel Foucault s History of Madness which is one of the twentieth centuries most brilliant analyses of how we construct the mentally in the modern world Interestingly this is what RD Laing who is on Griffith s hit list of exceptionally sound or unevasive thinkers had to say about History of Madness This is quite an exceptional book of very high calibre brilliantly written, intellectually rigorous, and with a thesis that thoroughly shakes the assumptions of traditional psychiatry So who are we to trust Griffith s uninformed condemnation of Foucault as the harbinger of death by dogma or Laing s view that Foucault s work is a brilliant piece of scholarship that has advanced human knowledge and our understanding of mental illness Given Griffith seems to value Laing s thought so highly, and is someone who is constantly quoted as providing support for Griffith s thesis, the question then arises as to why they differ so dramatically in their assessment of Foucault It may be that Laing actually read Foucault and understood him whereas Griffith seems intent on making him a scapegoat for society s ills and its unwillingness to confront the ideas articulated in his own work Intellectually rigorous or death by dogma I know who I would tend to side with.The final irony here is that Foucault actually provides a powerful argument in support of Griffith s main thesis that is the cause of the current epidemic of mental illness and depression amongst human populations is not to be found in genetic factors but in the cultural, social and economic atmosphere within which humans have to struggle Foucault would argue that civilisation, not genetic factors, makes people ill This work is actually one of the major advances in our understanding of the history of psychiatry and of Western cultural attitudes to the mentally ill I do not see how it could be conceived of as a dogma leading to collective spiritual death as Griffith claims My concern is by promulgating such opinions Griffith seems to promote in his readers the sense that they understand these ideas and their supposed inherently malevolent nature The problem is this kind of view is based on ignorance and misunderstanding of the very ideas Griffith dogmatically rejects.So what are we left with A writer with conservative ideological sympathies and with a deep antipathy to postmodern thought and any critical analysis of the conservative world view And somehow conservatives have been all along at the vanguard of human knowledge, fulfilling the two million year struggle to find knowledge This is not really a serious scientific hypothesis but an ideological preference dressed up as objective biology Griffith is entitled to his preference but it definitely does not make for good science Interestingly, his work seems to have attracted a significant number of neolibs who seem to have found a scientific validation of their world view in Griffith s work.I believe Griffith s book is a thoughtful and sensitive work with noble motivations and aspirations at its core It warrants thoughtful yet critical analysis Given the current vexed state of humankind any contribution as to how we are to get out of the mess we are in as a species is welcome However, I do not believe he is offering robust and verifiable science In this sense his work and the grandiose claims of being the final word on the human condition can be quite misleading particularly to those without a background in science Hopefully this and my other reviews which deal with his anthropological writings which I have writen on will help readers develop a critical and informed attiude to his work Also my SMH essay entiled Biologist Jeremy Griffith Examines Where The Human Race is Headed is online. This book will literally change the world You must read this. I feel inspired to write something about this truly amazing book, but where to start In summary, I believe the significance of Jeremy Griffith s explanation of the human condition contained in IS IT TO BE cannot be overstated So I love Professor Harry Prosen s Introduction because it accurately conveys the enormous breakthrough contained in this book, as well as describe who Jeremy Griffith is and how he came to produce so many penetrating insights into human existence.I cannot do justice to the absolute wealth of explanation that is contained in IS IT TO BE, but I might quickly try to summarise its contents Chapter 1 starts by re connecting the reader with what the human condition actually is, which is really important because what you will realise from reading this book is that we all walk around in a state of total denial of the issue of the human condition and therefore in a completely superficial, alienated state To help illustrate our denial, Griffith explains the very real, but not spoken about, psychological process that adolescents go through called Resignation , where we try to face the issue of our species , and our own, troubled, destructive behaviour and, not being able to truthfully answer the fundamental question of why we are the way we are, are forced to block out this historically unbearable issue and I challenge anyone to read that section and not feel like your deepest self hasn t finally been reached Then once this all important issue of the human condition has been established, Griffith proceeds to concisely summarise and totally demolish the current mechanistic scientific paradigm that is dedicated to avoiding the issue of our psychologically disturbed human condition This expos is an amazing feat in itself, and so relieving because it is patently obvious how deficient all the genes are selfish and that s why we are theories have been in accounting for human life, even though they ve been taught in our schools and universities and reported in the media as established fact.Then in chapter 2 Griffith explains in first principle biological terms the underlying issue in all human affairs of the human condition our capacity for good and evil which is undoubtedly the most liberating and relieving passage of explanation to have ever been written To be able to know deep in my bones that even though I m full of the human condition, full of insecurity, selfishness and divisiveness, that I am fundamentally a good and worthwhile person and that there is a very good reason for my troubled state, is just phenomenal This explanation finally brings meaning and understanding to all the suffering in the world and my own life which has brought enormous peace and love to my whole being This chapter alone saves the human race and cannot be read too many times I love chapter 3 It explains the meaning of life, no less, and in the process demystifies God I find it connects me with the profound beauty that is the whole journey of life on Earth and brings awe and majesty and love and meaning and wonder to our lives than an overseeing, supernatural God ever could This knowledge does not strip us of our spirituality, it nourishes it exponentially.And chapter 4 is captivating It contains the biological explanation for how we humans acquired our loving, moral sense or soul a hot topic in current scientific literature but an answer that is actually incredibly obvious once you hear it In fact, Griffith says that all his breakthrough ideas are obvious, the key is being able to confront the issue of our human condition, and once someone thinks from behind that wall of denial, they are able to unravel the great mysteries that have historically confounded humans Solving the human condition is literally the unlocking point to explaining so much about life on Earth, especially human life And Griffith s eloquent nurturing explanation for our moral instincts is one of the long sought after mysteries that he s been able to solve as a result He draws on the latest fossil evidence and the evidence provided by our closest living relative, the gentle bonobo Bonobos really are the most wonderful living proof of this love indoctrination process we can see their loving soul being nurtured into existence before our eyes.Chapter 5 is another demolition of dishonest biological thinking that is being published by academics around the world, this time exposing the theories that have been put forward for how we acquired our altruistic, cooperative instincts IS IT TO BE is full of wonderful, honest quotations from thinkers throughout history where they have let out some rare honesty about the human condition, and this chapter contains a passage that cuts to the bone from the anthropologist Ashley Montagu about how critically important it is to our psychological development that we receive nurturing in unconditional love during our early years.Chapter 6 explains the age old conundrum of human consciousness, and importantly, why we humans became conscious when other animals haven t This is extraordinary, denial free, truthful thinking, and the answer is again remarkably simple, but I think to be able to fully absorb it requires an appreciation of the earlier chapters and, in particular, just how alienated and therefore hamstrung our thinking has been as a result of our fear of the human condition.Chapter 7 is a gripping narrative of the entire psychological journey our species has been on, from our cooperatively behaved, innocent hominid ancestors at the dawn of consciousness, through to ourselves, the psychologically troubled species that is Homo sapiens sapiens Along the way Griffith explains many aspects of human existence, including the differences in the historical roles of men and women I must say, coming from the women s perspective, it has been extremely liberating to be able to understand men at last, and especially why we women have been treated as sex objects This unravelling of the ancient psychological war between the sexes is a revelation in itself.And chapter 8 provides the extremely important and incredibly exciting solution to how the hell do we humans cope with having the blinds drawn so suddenly on all our mad behaviour IS IT TO BE is full of massively confronting truth, but the most incredible realisation to be made is that it is finally okay to admit what has been going on on Earth because Griffith has explained and defended our upset behaviour in first principle biological terms We truly have been set free from our insecurity about our worth And, by being fundamentally explained and defended at last, our preoccupation with finding egocentric relief such as with seeking hunger for power, fame, fortune and glory is lifted, and we are free to become a unified force, joyously focused on repairing humanity and our world rather than our own selfish, seemingly insatiable need for self distraction and reinforcement which is currently destroying our planet.Any one of the insights contained in any one of these chapters is an astonishing breakthrough with startling implications I have read Jeremy Griffith s earlier books, but I imagine for someone new to discussion of the human condition they will find the contents of IS IT TO BE a great deal to absorb But to say I encourage readers to put in the effort to ponder on its profound insights is to put it mildly because once you do absorb this explanation of the human condition, your life, and eventually the whole world, will be transformed This deeply truthful, accountable explanation of the human condition has helped me so, so much I m an example of someone who has been brought back to life through being able to understand the world and my place in it and I live with so much optimism and excitement for the future, which is extraordinary given how many serious, serious problems humanity is faced with.How to recommend the book that literally can, and will, save the world Do yourself, and the world, the BIGGEST favour and quietly read this book. There is so much noise or distraction in the world these days it s almost impossible to find any clear air to just think and have the room to absorb anything meaningful Fiction is designed to take us away from the day to day and any so called facts are hidden amongst so much peripheral clutter that they are like finding the all so elusive needle in a hay stack But reading this book was like someone turned on the lights, it answers so many questions and reconciles nearly every issue I previously thought irreconcilable When I read this book I couldn t help but feel transported away from a world that seems so hopelessly lost and destined to implode into one so full of redemption, promise and fulfillment This book cuts through all the noise and is literally as though it s been written by someone from another planet It is so direct and to the point and cuts so deep into the issue of what it is to be human I can t believe how lucky I am to have come across such a penetrating and liberating piece of work and can not recommend it highly enough. Your natural tendency to try and pigeon hole this book will fail This is not a feel good , new age treatise or based on any faith Freedom is a profound biological understanding of the human condition, our capacity for good and evil , a most magnificent, mind blowing gold mine of logic and understanding After reading it, life goes from the usual bewildering and confusing mess to transparent clarity Everything and everyone around you is suddenly biologically understandable, like a veil been lifted it has been described by one reader It resurrects the deep all important questions of life questions we all once asked when we were children and for the first time in millions of years, ANSWERS THEM Why we blocked out these questions as adults, in fact why we necessarily lived in complete denial of the whole issue of the human condition is dealt with early in the book and apart from being fascinating, it is important to understand as it affects our early absorption of these ideas It makes sense of yourself it completely explains who you are from every perspective be it biologically, psychologically or physically It makes sense of the whole world around you from any perspective you like, politically, religiously, sexually, culturally etc Another reader has described Freedom as the manual to life and I couldn t agree It is the ultimate brain food that humans have been searching for so long, and it is immeasurably, exhilaratingly redeeming, empowering and transforming There is nothing in the world that means to me than the information in this book and once you read it, you too will see how it saves the world no less It really is beyond your wildest dreams The key chapter for me is Chapter 3 and specifically The Story of Adam Stork This story is the best thing you will EVER read It explains the seemingly impossible how we humans are actually good and heroic when we appear to be so bad and so broken Every great thinker and writer and philosopher through the ages have tried and failed to bring understanding to this core issue of our human condition I have read for instance, the problem of the origin and universality of sin is probably one of those problems which the human mind can never satisfactorily answer The Bible Reader s Encyclopedia and Concordance Well Jeremy Griffith has answered it This finally, unbelievably, is it the biological explanation that explains us At the heart of the Story of Adam Stork is the understanding of the difference between our instinctive self gene based learning system and our intellectual self nerve based learning system When our intellectual self emerged some 2 million years ago, it went in search of understanding and an unavoidable battle broke out between it, and our already established instinctive and, it is revealed, loving and cooperative self Without a reconciling understanding of what was going on, this battle between our two selves has ensued in each one of us for the last 2 million years and has led to all our anger, egocentricity and alienation , or upset Astonishingly, what Griffith reveals is that this corrupting journey to self enlightenment was unavoidable Finally, our upset nature is EXPLAINED and DEFENDED We are not the baddies or evil monsters, but the complete opposite humans are wonderful beings after all In fact, not just wonderful but the heroes of the whole story of life on Earth Freedom , para 66 Humans truly are redeemed This is beyond amazing A beyond comprehension breakthrough The flow on and far reaching effects from this simple explanation are unbelievable Our human condition is the root cause of all our problems, and now Jeremy Griffith has solved it, our problems are literally all solved With this understanding, our upset can now subside It is like a logic driven magic wand unravelling and reconciling every question, every part of human behaviour, conundrum, every ounce of pain and suffering, every inequality and every dilemma, every hypocrisy, every pole, every argument big or small, every devastation of our physical world It literally transforms everything you look at including yourself Chapter 8 is a case in point, an unbelievably fascinating read Jeremy Griffith tells the true, denial free, never before told story of the human race over this entire 2 million year period As he writes it is the most amazing and epic journey of any species to have existed on Earth and it s our story, the story of the incredibly, phenomenally brave and heroic human race Freedom , para 704 Another crucially important part of Freedom is Chapter 9 as it deals with how we cope with the extent of our personal corruption now being revealed which is initially a painful experience This understanding does wrench you out of your necessary until now denial and it needs to for our species to evolve Each one of us does live in this hugely divided state a loving and cooperative instinctive self on one hand, and an incredibly upset one on the other, and this upset has produced astronomical selfishness, suffering, pain and devastation in ourselves and our lives and indeed across the whole planet But Freedom does not leave you there As you absorb this information deeply, you realise that this book really has personally reconciled this deepest of chasms inside It is like we are filling in the Grand Canyon with understanding and we can now own our dark or upset selves and be whole for the first time ever in life s history Humans ARE finally defended, gloriously so we are upset but we are good The battle to find understanding, that produced the human condition, is now over and the world that opens up for humans now is just spectacular To quote from para 1218, Out of an overwhelmingly complex and problematic existence a straight forward and totally effective, extremely rapidly repairing of human life and the Earth, way of living for humans is now able to emerge This way of living is called the Transformed Lifeforce Way of Living and is detailed in this vitally important chapter Throughout Freedom and including the book s cover, Griffith uses the wonderful analogy of the sun rising over the horizon, which represents the arrival of understanding and the dawn of humanity s all magnificent freedom from the darkness and horror of the human condition para 1293 A collection of quotes are included from people who have drawn from this age old vision including Plato and his cave allegory, and Jim Morrison of The Doors I find Plato s cave allegory especially resonating Living in a dark cave is exactly what living under the duress of the human condition is like, a life with no answers while the sunlit plains of relieving understanding is exactly what life is like once you read and absorb Freedom It really does transform your life from being an utterly preoccupied and selfish victim of the human condition to a person effectively free of the human condition, saturated in relief and excitement about yourself, all humans, and the absolutely fabulous future before us As Griffith writes we get the truth up and we move on para 1138 We can leave the cave life now forever and live in the sunlit plains of freedom We all fit into this story, the greatest story ever told and we are all reconciled and redeemed through this book All the lives, hopes and dreams of you, and everyone that has ever lived, are fulfilled through this understanding In fact it fulfils the whole of life on Earth This is not a fleeting thought or inspiration, it is with you forever You are standing in this new landscape of knowledge where we all belong Freedom is what we have all been dreaming of and hoping would arrive This is the book that saves the world All I dream of now is that you will read it I gave this book 2 stars because some wonderful literature and lyrics are cited by the author But I found the subject matter repetitive, unnecessarily wordy and dismissive The premise that humans are intrinsically kind and loving is not a new concept Nor is the duality with which humans struggle unfamiliar But there is circuitous thinking, under examined scientific conclusions and not the insight that is promised in this huge book.And how convenient that those who do not accept the findings are deemed to be in denial The numerous high ratings for this book conjures for me the story of the emperor s new clothes Some of us see the emperor is in his birthday suit This I do not deny Masterpiece this book is not It does not deliver what is promised Understand Yourself and Those Around You Imagine knowing WHY the world is in the mess that it currently is in Imagine being able to truly understand and love yourself and those around you Imagine having genuine hope for the future of humanity Well imagine no You simply have to read this book for yourself Freedom The End of the Human Condition explores the traditional no go zone of the subject of the human condition humans capacity for both good and evil and fully explains it in layman s terms Griffith is able to go where nobody else has been able to go before unlocking and explaining the most impenetrable of subjects, holistically using biology, philosophy, anthropology, and even popular culture to hit the mark The depth and breadth of the book s material is simply astounding covering such profound and important topics such as The role of nurturing in our development The three fundamental truths of the human condition The psychological rehabilitation of the human race and The Transformed Lifeforce Way of Living.This book could be the most incredible, truly powerful, and transformative book you will ever read In a nutshell, it solves almost all of the world s problems Freedom is simply a masterpiece, an instant classic, a modern day tour de force that fully explains and dignifies humans, and by so doing, offers us a REAL roadmap to peace on earth

About the Author: Jeremy Griffith

Jeremy Griffith 1945 is an Australian biologist who has dedicated his life to bringing fully accountable, biological understanding to the dilemma of the human condition the underlying issue in all human life of our species extraordinary capacity for what has been called good and evil.

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