With a science doctorate in molecular biology, my typical reading consists of peer reviewed journals, so I am not used to theories as contentious as this. And by contentious I'm referring to the subject matter — explaining human nature no less. Given the enormity of the topic, I was skeptical Griffith would be able to deliver, possibly doubly so given my scientific background, however the central thesis is undeniably sound, based on an understanding of nerves and genes, and it has an extraordinary explanatory power. In science the strength of a theory is related to the diversity of phenomena it can explain, which means that Griffith’s thesis is strong indeed, as it makes sense of all aspects of the human condition — it is, in a sense, the biological version of the long sought after unified theory of everything. And if Griffith does draw on sources way outside of traditional scientific discourse, it is only because the ramifications of his theory go well beyond those of traditional mainstream science. Some concepts were initially hard to swallow, such as references to women’s naivety, but as with all of Griffith’s arguments, when following the logic by which he arrives at his conclusions, they all astoundingly make sense. I would actually go further to say this book fundamentally dignifies women in a way that no feminist tract ever has. It takes an infinitely brave and deep thinker to deal with this subject matter and Griffith's thinking stacks up. A must read.
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“Understand Yourself and Those Around You!” Imagine knowing WHY the world is in the mess that it currently is in. Imagine being able to truly understand and love yourself and those around you. Imagine having genuine hope for the future of humanity! Well... imagine no more. You simply have to read this book for yourself! "Freedom: The End of the Human Condition" explores the traditional 'no-go-zone' of the subject of "the human condition" - humans' capacity for both good and evil - and fully explains it in layman's terms. Griffith is able to go where nobody else has been able to go before... unlocking and explaining the most impenetrable of subjects, holistically using biology, philosophy, anthropology, and even popular culture to hit the mark! The depth and breadth of the book's material is simply astounding: covering such profound and important topics such as: "The role of nurturing in our development"; "The three fundamental truths of the human condition"; "The psychological rehabilitation of the human race" and "The Transformed Lifeforce Way of Living". This book could be the most incredible, truly powerful, and transformative book you will ever read! In a nutshell, it solves almost all of the world's problems! "Freedom" is simply a masterpiece, an instant classic, a modern day tour de force that fully explains and dignifies humans, and by so doing, offers us a REAL roadmap to peace on earth!
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Former president of the Canadian Psychiatric Association, Professor Harry Prosen, describes FREEDOM as 'The book that saves the world', which is no small claim. When you do read it what you find is that the claims are underpinned by hard science. There are plenty of new age tomes out there promising this or that if you just think positively or whatever, but this book presents a unique explanation of the human condition based upon first principle science that brings about the changes that so many want, but as a rational result of new understanding. Griffith's key insight is into the way our instinctive self would have resisted our conscious mind when it first appeared and began to exercise its power to manage our lives. This clash says Griffith is at the heart of our egocentric and insecure lives. What is so remarkable is how accountable Griffith's theory is as he uses it to explain all the aspects of the human condition, be it religion, sex, materialism, you name it, not to mention our own psychology. This is a truly remarkable book. I find myself agreeing with Professor Prosen.
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