- Hardcover: 280 pages
- Publisher: Sounds True (September 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1604075732
- ISBN-13: 978-1604075731
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,695,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ego: The Fall of the Twin Towers and the Rise of an Enlightened Humanity
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—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.
Michael W. Taft
Michael W. Taft is a serious student of evolution and the capacities of the human brain. A professional researcher and writer for more than two decades, Taft is fascinated by what neuroscience, biology, psychology, archeology, and technology can tell us about the human condition. Michael is a senior adviser to the Baumann Foundation. He lives in Berkeley, California.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
I did not like the way the events of 9/11 were used throughout. It seemed to be their "sensational" marketing tool. I suspect I will get a lot of "dislikes" for that statement.
I wish I had waited until it was cheaper to purchase, or available at the library.
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. In other words, collectively we weren't always egoistical/conceptual beings froth with I-me-mine-our appetites, largely because the concept of a self, and the identification with that self, is a recent invention in the last 50,000 years.
And what became as a way of being 50,000 years ago can go as an exclusive way of being too, they maintain, and is beginning to go. And this is the hope. What gave us 9/11, the bio-circuitry of millions of years of evolution plus that recent invention of the ego, can and is beginning to be transcended. "Post-personal orientation, by definition, includes conceptual and sensory awareness [the conceptual and the pre-conceptual], but it goes beyond both." The post-personal (or the post-conceptual) orientation is the place of "conscious awareness", a place that is aware of both body and mind and circumstance, but is beyond body and mind and circumstance, and therefore not subject to the compulsions of ego that give us things like 9/11. This third wave is in it infancy. The likes of Jesus and Buddha in their esoteric forms are its pioneers. You may know someone around you that looks beyond religion, science, dogma and mind. They're around. Find them. This book "Ego" is a great contribution. Thanks to Messrs. Baumann and Taft.
If you read only one book this year - read this one.
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