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  • Paperback: 203 pages
  • Publisher: FHA Publishing & Communications Pty Ltd (January 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0646039946
  • ISBN-13: 978-0646039947
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,944,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Beyond…contains an interesting and thoughtful combination of materials and I hope it will be successful and widely read.’ -- Professor Adrienne Zihlman, Professor of Anthropology at UCLA Santa Cruz (15 Jan 1992)

‘Could you please send me an extra copy of your book? [Mine] is on loan because it was so appreciated.’ -- The late Sir Laurens van der Post, who was a pre-eminent philosopher, author of 24 books and a close friend of Carl Jung

‘[Griffith] gives us a genuinely original and inspiring way of understanding ourselves and our place in the universe.’ -- Templeton-prize winner and world-renowned biologist Charles Birch

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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sally Edgar on March 2, 2006
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I strongly urge any readers of Jeremy Griffith's book `Beyond The Human Condition' to also look at his 1988 book `Free: The End of The Human Condition' and probably even more significantly his 2003 book `A Species In Denial', which has become a Bestseller in Australia and New Zealand and continues to receive critical acclaim.

These books are also available on www.amazon.com - the page for `A Species In Denial' contains an extraordinarily supportive review from one of the world's leading scientists. I also encourage readers to visit the website [...] for even more recent publications and essays by Jeremy Griffith.
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Australian biologist Jeremy Griffith has attracted a fair bit of attention over the years with what he claims to be a liberating first principle biological explanation for the human condition, i.e. our species' capacity for good and evil.

For a time I was a supporter of Griffith's theories. Why would I not be attracted to the idea that some great riddle had been cracked which would lead to an end to all of humanity's problems - a reconciliation between the left wing and right wing in politics, between science and religion, between men and women - an end to war, poverty, mental illness? With his first book - "Free : The End of the Human Condition" - Griffith really laid on the hard sell, but the book was genuinely deep and full of references to the fossil record and primate behaviour. Back then I was prone to depression. Reading that book hurt like hell. They say that the truth hurts, so this seemed to be in its favour.

If you want a brief, concise and well-presented introduction to Griffith's theory and what he thinks it means for humanity, this second book - "Beyond the Human Condition" - is the one to read.

The first thing to acknowledge is that Griffith spends little of his time in the book arguing from reason. Much of the text consists of quotes from some of his favourite writers, most notably Laurens van der Post, as well as the Bible. He also paraphrases from popular songs the lyrics of which he wasn't able to obtain the rights to quote. This is not a scientific approach. The fact that Bruce Springsteen once said something in a song does not constitute evidence.
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A wonderful book.

The exceptional range of human behaviour - for good and evil- is explained in evolutionary terms.
We are exposed to a mass of information today, about ourselves. We cope poorly with all of this. Conclusions are cast out every minute and behaviour is erratic.
Jeremy Grirrith supports human development and almost caresses us through the mundane and the spiritual with reason and compassion.

Rex Smith
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