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  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: NE Press (August 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604075732
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604075731
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,549,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Baumann and Taft skillfully weave eyewitness accounts of 9/11 with insights from evolutionary theory, genetics, neuroscientific research on emotion, the compelling new research on neuroplasticity, and other new areas of research. They show how our sense of self, or ego, is both a masterwork of evolution and simultaneously a source of much human suffering. Provides a grounded hope for the continuing evolution of our species." --Alfred W. Kaszniak, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Neurology, & Psychiatry, University of Arizona * Reviewed on May 31, 2011

"If you don't have the patience for long articles on subjects that we will all get plenty of over the next two weeks, I can save you some time; this is a good book, they do a good job. You should buy it. I have often noted that philosophers do a better job of writing about physics than modern physicists do and it may be that people outside biology can see a big picture in evolution differently than biologists. If so, these guys are a great example. It kept me reading, even where I didn't agree." --Hank Campbell, Science 2.0 Reviewed on Aug. 25, 2011

About the Author

Peter Baumann began his career as a member of the internationally acclaimed 1970s band Tangerine Dream and later founded the Private Music record label. Instead of being derailed by early fame and fortune, he asked himself this in his late 40s: “Given that I probably have about 10,000 days left on the planet, how can I use this time in the most meaningful and useful way possible?” To address this question, Baumann assembled a top-notch interdisciplinary think-tank, the San Francisco-based Baumann Foundation. He serves as a trustee of the California Institute of Integral Studies and as a fellow at the Mind & Life Institute.

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I found myself very curious as I was reading it.
Abigail Ivins
Written for a lay audience, this is an easy but powerful reading that will change your life and dissolve beliefs you didn't even know you had.
Richard
Baumann and Taft explore human evolution in an exciting, provocative and ultimately positive and uplifting way.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joe Sousa (Mokshananda) on December 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
With "Ego" (no pun intended), Peter Baumann and Michael Taft have written the most important book in terms of hope for humankind since Steward Brand's "Whole Earth Discipline". Unlike Brand's environmentalism, "Ego" looks at the development of the human psyche and society over evolutionary time and projects where we are going. Simply, it is awash in details that would make anyone interested in evolutionary thinking very happy.

Set in the context of describing the events and egos that went into making 9/11 happen, "Ego" tracks the minds and emotions of the players on both sides of that historical event, the bad and the good guys, as it were. The authors interweave the details of 9/11 skillfully. However, we are never left hanging in that story for too long. Baumann and Taft quickly relate the 9/11 story to the evolutionary impulse that went to making it happen. As such, the book's theme develops. This theme sees present day human beings as being a complex mix of the past-living-in-the-present and a future-emerging-into-that-present. Graphically, the represent this mix as three, large, overlapping waves spanning the 250,000 years of human collective development, named the pre-conceptual, the conceptual, and the post-conceptual phases of development (the latter of which is presently emerging). These waves, at least the first two, are now navigated by most human beings over a course of an individual lifetime. We essentially go from being `body beings' of early childhood to being `conceptual beings' as development continues.

What the authors posit is that collective human evolution follows a similar pattern but over the course of hundred of thousands of years.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Richard on September 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Ego: The Fall of the Twin Towers and the Rise of an Enlightened Humanity
Run, don't walk to the nearest bookseller to acquire this must-read: Peter Baumann and Michael Taft's, Ego (Natural Enlightenment Press, 2011). Written for a lay audience, this is an easy but powerful reading that will change your life and dissolve beliefs you didn't even know you had.
I had difficulty putting this book down as I read it. I felt unconscious beliefs melting away under the skilled wordsmith of these authors. While reading it, I literally and somatically felt preverbal beliefs disintegrating within my body and mind, an experience I rarely have had in my lifetime from reading conceptual words presented on printed paper.
We think of the ego as an independent entity, something that we have and are. Ego show us otherwise, that no such thing as an ego-self exists. Peter and Michael have struck deeply at the heart of how nature, as an evolutionary tour de force, has evolved and housed structures in the brain that gives rise to a virtual ego, that takes itself to be a real and separate self, while simultaneously evolving structures that prevent the fact that no separate self actually exists from being experientially seen and understood. So, if the ego-self is only a virtual reality, then why and how did it evolve? And if "we" as separate entities don't truly exist, then do we really have free will, autonomy, or accountability?
Ego is a must read for anyone interested in the cutting edge where secular understandings of evolution and current neuroscience research intersect around the questions, "Who am I?" and "How have we come to be?
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Abigail Ivins on September 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I read this book on a cross country flight and found myself disappointed that my flight was over - I wanted to keep reading. Everyone will be able to relate to this book. It challenges you to really check in on what is important. I found myself very curious as I was reading it. I also found myself releasing any judgments and connecting with all people. I feel validated in my consciousness. Ego is a wonderful read and a tribute to the human race. I am ready to read it again....and again....and again....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By absoluttrance on October 27, 2011
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Hands down, one of the best books I've read all year, if not over the last 5 years. This one goes up there with Eckhart Tolle's "A New Earth" [...].

Very insightful, gives you a clear glimpse of the purpose of the ego and what its evolutionary purpose was for survival (with the beginning of cognitive development). The book does an excellent job of outlining our human past, and where we are headed down the path of evolution through the development of conscious awareness.

MUST READ!!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Adam Jones on September 12, 2011
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I read this book while sitting in the San Francisco airport. As planes buzzed all around me, people moving towards their families, this book made me think about where we're all going as a species. Are we going to all argue with the ticket taker or take a step back and solve our problems in an orderly fashion? The ego is a big block towards solving these problems of modernity and the authors of this book give us some ideas, founded in science, about how we can get beyond these issues. A few more practical solutions towards the end might have been nice however.
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