The Awakened Ape: A Biohacker's Guide to Evolutionary Fitness, Natural Ecstasy, and Stress-Free Living Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- Publication Date : January 11, 2017
- File Size : 2065 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 293 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B01MSJN3Q4
- Lending : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Best Sellers Rank: #232,478 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Not this one. This book will resonate long after you’ve finished. The stories illuminate, the ideas are clearly explained, and from as early as page 20, you’ll start reconsidering your life choices.
I’ve spent an unhealthy portion of my life cynical about happiness, walking around with an argument stuck in my head. This book pulled me out of that. I don’t know if I’ll go back to that, but it’s been three weeks already, and I’m still meditating, still thinking positively, and still challenging my thoughts. Not too shabby.
The author takes a secular approach to the meaning of life. If you're already willing to live as an optimistic nihilist, this is the book for you. It goes over evolutionary reasons for the way we are, why modern society is a bad fit, and how to make yourself happier and healthier within that context. Briefly touches on a lot of popular topics related to this- the Paleo diet, hunter-gatherer lifestyles, etc etc. The book also talks a good amount about meditation and eastern philosophy. The book doesn't cite the studies mentioned super well, but it makes a good case for meditation and adopting a little bit of buddhist philosophy to make yourself happier. It doesn't claim to have any big metaphysical answers, but the advice is a decent place to start if you're looking to be happier.
It can be pretty pretentious at times, but that won't bother you if you already agree with the author- and if you're buying this book I'm guessing you do. Experienced hipster white guy buddhists will probably be familiar with most of the concepts in this book, but it's worth a read through anyway, if only to give you new ways to explain this stuff to your friends and family.
My biggest gripe while reading the book is that the author seems to think following this lifestyle will lead dozens of beautiful gathering (not hunting, of course, because that would confuse their girlbrains) women to line up to bang him. It probably helps sell his pitch to hipster bros but it was pretty weird for me. I'm not denying gender-based division of labor in most studied hunter-gatherer societies, I'm just saying his attachment to everyone being hot (and hot to trot) before agriculture killed the party is a little off-putting.
I'll put it this way- I'm a bit of a hippie, but I'm not very secular, I don't dig Buddhism much, and if someone called themselves a biohacker in real life I'd have to try really hard not to punch them. But I liked this book a lot.
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Although there was plenty of interest in the book's spiritual themes and practical well-being applications (squatty potty's and no shampoo living), the majority of our members found the book contentious in its language used to describe interactions with women, problematic undertones of ableism and shortsighted conclusions about the ‘ideal body shape’.
Whilst we did our upmost to give Jevan the chance to respond to our concerns (he kindly responded to our questions and calls), we didn’t feel he was able to grasp or acknowledge the complexity and magnitude of the themes we had picked up on. Jevan's response was essentially that 'they were jokes' about the men, not the women. Clearly, we didn't get it but hope that our feedback (several hundred of us started the book) will be taken on for future edits/books by the author.
BUT the author seems pre-occupied with a particular, rather misogynistic, view of gender and sexuality. The book is peppered with bro remarks that speak of attractive women as objects, with admiration for men who have frequent sex with lots of different women, and with praise for societies where people have sex very frequently. There are no women cited as research participants at any stage, only as sexual objects. Even his interest in anthropology seems in large part motivated by a desire to bolster his conservative view of gender roles.