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5.0 out of 5 stars This is an extraordinary book. It appears quite clearly ..., 13 Aug 2014
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This is an extraordinary book. It appears quite clearly to contain the most significant insight into the evolution of humanity since Darwin, specifically in relation to the evolution of the human brain, and the consciousness it emanates. However, it is extraordinary in its significance not only in relation to this insight, but also in terms of its implications in terms of the state of the world and the state of humanity at this time.. It deserves to be read very very widely, and needs to be. And more than anything it needs to be taken up and worked on by others, to be tested, and particularly in relation to whatever practical positive responses to this work others can generate and take forward.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Mind Blowing!, 30 Jun 2014
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Having spent quite a bit of time in the fields of cognition and developmental disorders, I can confidently say that the theory outlined in "Return..." is heavily evidenced and holds monumental implications.

And because this theory circles around the very functionality of our brains--which, needless to say, plays a key role in our sense of self and the entire global "civilization" we've created--these implications are so far reaching that this idea truly is a game-changer for humanity to a degree that cannot be adequately conveyed through such a poor medium as written language. Once you begin experimenting with some practical methods to shift consciousness however, it becomes ever more apparent that this is clearly the case. Self-evident is the term hat comes to mind.

This may not sound quite as far fetched once we shift perspective from the conventional world-view(s) that uphold the idea that humanity is progressing and evolving apace, and not the opposite. In fact, this theory is, in many ways, a modern day scientific version of an almost universal ancient perspective (or "myth", as we now arrogantly refer to them).

Almost none of the ancients spoke of continual advance. They virtually all regard humanity as being in a state of long-term progressive degeneration (albeit in more poetic terminology), regarded their ancestors as having vastly superior consciousness, emotional, immune system and intuitive abilities and even have outlined a variety of techniques, from shamanism, to meditation, yoga, fasting, sleep deprivation, prolonged dance, and so on, to attempt to address this continual neurodegenerative condition we all suffer from, which itself has disproportionately effected the brain so that one side (the left hemisphere) is the most dominant yet, paradoxically, the most dysfunctional.

These ancient accounts and techniques would have to exist if the theory held water...and that they do exist in addition to a wealth of psychological/biological/anthropological evidence that fits perfectly with this scenario, cannot be a mere coincidence.

The baffling thing is that the book could easily have been 5 times as long. Since its original publication in the mid 2000's, an incredible amount of new evidence has emerged in support of this theory...some of which, I'm happy to see, is now represented on the authors website.

More researchers need to look into this area.

The plant biochemicals involved in our cellular development for millions of years have recently gone almost completely missing. Their powerful physiological effects are well documented, and the mechanisms for inherited change well evidenced. Being so hyper-focused on DNA-mutation based evolution, we have lost site of how inherited changes to what READS the DNA could lead to other pathways for evolutionary changes. The DNA and the transcription process go together, they are not separate. If you change what materials you use to build a house, and change how you read the blueprint (DNA), the structure will obviously change. The hormonal effects of these plants we consumed are fairly well understood, and, as the book clearly outlines, would have had a massive impact on the transcription process in a way that would pass these changes on to the next generation.

We should not ignorantly presume that our neural system is functioning normally while we continue to build it from "junk" food without ever doing so much as even a cursory check-up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a game changer, 10 Aug 2014
I'm a big fan of Tony Wright's work. Left in the Dark is the modern Origin of the Species. I am not being hyperbole on this one.

Return to the Brain of Eden is destined to be the game changer! This is how I feel.
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