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Evolution's End: Claiming the Potential of Our Intelligence Hardcover – October, 1992

ISBN-13: 978-0062506931 ISBN-10: 0062506935 Edition: 1st

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The author of The Crack in the Cosmic Egg claims that schools have collapsed because most American children are neurologically damaged. By age 11, he maintains, the brain loses most of its neural connections, partly due to medical interventions during childbirth, lack of breastfeeding, routine circumcision without anaesthesia and other factors Pearce believes rupture the mother-infant bond and thus inhibit the growth of the child's cortex. He also faults television, which floods the juvenile brian with images at the very time it should be producing images from within; day-care and regimented schooling, which stifle spontaneous play; and synthetic growth hormone residues in meat, poultry and dairy products, which induce premature sexuality in adolescents. To overcome these impediments, Pearce outlines a developmental psychology drawing on the work of Jean Piaget, the novels of Carlos Castaneda, tantric Indian cosmology and quantum physics. Much more rigorous and demanding than his previous books, his controversial tract makes many sweeping claims likely to prompt skepticism. $30,000 ad/promo; author tour.
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Joseph Chilton Pearce speaks to government officials and educators worldwide on human intelligence, creativity, and learning.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins; 1st edition (October 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062506935
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062506931
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,401,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Unfortunately its takes on too much and ends up seeming like psuedoscience.
bunnyrabbit4
A discussion of the Bhagavad Gita about human potential and belonging brings these dreary essays to an appropriate ending.
Avid Reader
This man has done his research and he is very knowledgable on multiple subjects including science and psychology.
Deaken Slade

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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Casca on March 23, 1999
Format: Paperback
The Kirkus reviewer of this book has missed the real issues.If he had read carefully he would have seen that Pearce condemns all aspects of modern, man controlled birthing methods, which cause trauma to the baby and prevent deep bonding with the mother, both for blacks and whites.I see no racism in this book.Pearce estimates that 70 percent of white children are uneducable due to the modern developments that he discusses.About two thirds of the population have grown up with these factors that prevent full human development.Most of the people concerned would not be aware of their arrested development.A very disturbing fact that Pearce discusses is the way television prevents the higher brain from developing in children.Television engages only the lower or reptilian brain, not allowing the higher brain to develop.At age 11 the brain destroys many unused neurons, so that arrested development is permanent.This book and "The Sibling Society" by Robert Bly show that very negative things have been happening to human nature in modern society, causing the general breakdown which is going on all around us.
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful By NK on January 20, 1998
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Intelligent, thought inspiring, and intense. As a doctoral student with a backgound in physics, I was amazed to find a book on heightened awarness that didn't dishonor Schrodinger's and Einstein's work. This book will blow your mind away.It is free of the platitudes and the stupidity associated with books that unfortunately get lumped in the same catagory as Evolution's End. If you read it you will be floored, and left lusting for what it propounds. Pearce obviously didn't just write this for money, he knew exactly what was going on and probably felt the need to let everyone else in on it. Do not go through life with out reading this, you will miss out on the potential of your own existence! He writes with dizzying acrobatics of intelligence, spun with fact and the pages emanate with the grace and eloquence of a silver tounged linguist; that in and of it's self is enough to warrant reading this...
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Pete Sennhauser on December 11, 1999
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It's said: As in the microcosm, so in the macrocosm. In other words, everything is reflected in everything else, and it's true. Of thousands of books, tapes etc. few reflect what ails our society as well, as Pearce's book. We all have a hunch that things are not well with the world. Our waste-products alone will eventually choke us out of existence. Our child-birthing-& rearing practices produce incapable, intellectual idiots, creating yet more imbalance.
Pearce not only describes what's wrong and why. Through his book we gain access to valid changes, enabling us to (hopefully) turn this ill-fated ship around.
(on a personal note: we need to review our value systems badly. These include some of our most prized, yet badly abused bastions like religions and our constitution. When these become excuses for our often ill-fated actions, rather than metaphors to creative solutions, we've become a stagnant species with it's true potential and survival at risk.)
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Deaken Slade on October 26, 2000
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Never have I read a book that was more purposeful, real, and paradigm challenging than this. Pearce's thoeries of evolution, existence and the potential of humanity are revolutionary and he backs up his points with footnotes on every page. This man has done his research and he is very knowledgable on multiple subjects including science and psychology. I will say that he writes on a highter intellectual level than most, so if you slept through your English classes in school you might want to consider bringing a dictionary along for the ride. Definitely one of the best books I've ever read.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By bunnyrabbit4 VINE VOICE on November 4, 2004
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This book talks about the how the spirit of a child is damaged by the society we've created, both intellectually and physiologically. Unfortunately its takes on too much and ends up seeming like psuedoscience. But there are some very good points being made. It's well worth contemplating.

Take the idea of how hormones in our food affect children. We are led to believe that children reaching puberty when they have barely put down their stuffed toys is due to good nutrition and not hormones in our food! There was a study done of precocious infant sexual development (extremely enlarged genitalia on babies) in Puerto Rico decades ago. It linked the problem to hormones in Chicken. The reason there is so little interest in identifying and solving this problem here (and not even calling it a problem) is not because it doesn't exist but rather because there is no money to be made in proving it ( a very expensive and time consuming procedure). Yes, the victims could sue if they could prove links to cancer or early developmental issues...but the researcher willing to take on the food industry would not be able to pay their bills. And it is easy for the food industry to pay for studies suited to their needs and spoon feed them to the press. This stops the questioning before it starts.

Read this book with a skeptics mind realizing that though you may find some of his ideas far-fetched, there are some valuable truths here...truths you need to know if you have children.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Charles O. Bubar on June 5, 2006
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Based on this work and others of Joseph Chilton Pearce, I believe Pearce is the top interdisciplinary authority on human development on the planet.

The breathtaking panorama of perspectives of our human nature provides important insights on the many challenges faced by us as individuals and by civilization as a whole. Pearce provides important insights on the breakdown in human development and can lead us toward the development of ungently needed solutions.

Evolution's End, along with all of Pearce's books, is a must-read for those who want to understand.

Charles O. Bubar

President

The International Institute for Educational Excellence
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