- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Inner Traditions; 3 edition (May 29, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1620552515
- ISBN-13: 978-1620552513
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Return to the Brain of Eden presents a totally new way of looking at the evolution of the human brain. It is fresh and unexpected; it will make an impact and must be taken seriously in discussions of human origins.” (COLIN GROVES, professor of biological anthropology at Australian National University and coauthor of)
“Graham Gynn and Tony Wright follow the implications of modern brain research to an astounding conclusion: that our culturally acquired left-brain dominance has cost us our sanity, but if we have alienated ourselves from nature and our original state of wholeness, there may be a way back. This is a startling book that makes us rethink the most fundamental issues of religion, psychology, and philosophy.” (Richard Heinberg, author and lecturer at the New College of California)
“Return to the Brain of Eden is a bold experimental journey into the largely uncharted frontier of Integral Science. This alternative thought-experiment sheds light on the great challenges faced by humanity in the twenty-first century and opens possibilities for us to rise together in conscious evolution. This courageous book deserves careful, critical attention.” (Ashok Gangadean, author of The Awakening of the Global Mind, professor and chair of philosophy at Ha)
About the Author
Tony Wright is a consciousness researcher who studied horticulture and plant biochemistry at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh. Graham Gynn is an agricultural zoologist, educator, and researcher who has appeared on the BBC. Both authors live in Cornwall, England.
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I think a lot of the ideas presented at the book are accurate, in regards to raw veganism and right brain functionality, although there are some stinky points, which is why I gave the book 4 stars instead of 5. My problem is what the book suggests we do (become fruitarian) is not realistic today:
- "The forest" doesn't exist anymore. Amazon is in decline, plus, we didn't actually evolve in the Amazon, we evolved in Africa, where different kinds of trees existed before most of it turned into desert, or Savannah (very little of the jungle remains).
- Trees themselves have evolved away (while we were away), while we have selected the fruits we actually eat today. The fruit of today, is not the same as the fruit of 2 million years ago (which was much more nutrient-dense, fibery, with much less sugar).
- To live with non-native EMF (because we like it or not, no one is going to abandon their cellphones and wifi), and other modern stressors, we need DHA. DHA is protective of our lifestyle today in various ways (not just fueling the brain, but also our stressed mitochondria). I'd suggest you read the ideas of Dr Jack Kruse about DHA.
- Other apes are not 100% vegan. They eat insects outright, they eat insects inside fruts (nearly ALL wild fruits have worms in them), and some apes eat eggs too. This explains why raw foodists and vegans still need to get pills with B12. It's because they eat "civilized" fruit (selected for sugar, and without worms in it), while trying to emulate an "uncivilized" time. If we could synthesize B12 fully in our gut, we wouldn't need the pills, but we do. That's where seafood (or insects/eggs) must come into play again. Full vegan without modern medicine's B12 pill boost doesn't work.
- Diet must be geographical and seasonal to be healthy. You can't expect people in Alaska and Sweden to find tropical fruit at all times, or even be protected by it. There's a reason why fatty fish is so protective in the cold climates. Equally, a near-vegan diet (with occasional insects/eggs) is more plausible and healthy near the equator. Each to its own.
So after reading a lot about the subject of nutrition and lifestyle, from many different sources (from raw vegan advocates, all the way to ketogenic on the other side of the spectrum), I have found that (for me), the best way is "the middle way". What this entails is a HIGH RAW, grain-free (particularly gluten-free), sugar-free, processed-free, land-animal-free, industrial-seed-oils free, Pesco-Vegetarian diet (dairy must be fermented, eggs must be pastured, fish must be wild). This usually means being raw vegan for breakfast and lunch, and having a grain-free, cooked dinner (e.g. pre-soaked legumes, or some shellfish or *wild* fish, or cooked veggies and yogurt or eggs).
Basically, reverting to as possibly pre-agriculture diet, the diet we had "near the coast", after we left "the forest". Given the modern realities, that's as far back we can go without depriving ourselves from B12 and other vitamins that we now need (either because our physiology needs them, or because they are protective in the stressed environment we live in). Unfortunately, I don't find it realistic going back to the forest diet. That ship has sailed.
But as the book correctly states, we need the right brain support to make our right brain dominant again. So, how do we do that, if the diet I suggest above is not a 100% fruitarian diet? I think the answer to that is meditation. As also mentioned in the book, that's the missing link. After the diet has turned to at least not to be inflammatory, after it becomes "good-enough", meditation can do the rest. That's my view on the subject.
Tony Wright and Graham Gynn did a magnificent job connecting research, new and old, in a way that has not been connected before. It is like little pieces of the puzzle were splattered across our cumulative knowledge, and are now put together to form a much more coherent and raw image. It always bothered me how many holes we have in our evolutionary theory. The theory proposed here solves that problem, finally making sense of our deeply flawed ideas. Along with helpful insight in regards to diet, sleep, hormones.. this book will widen your horizons, open your mind up, and change your views forever!
A big congratulations to the authors!