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Bring On a New Age of Sanity!,
This review is from: The Fall: The Insanity of the Ego in Human History and the Dawning of a New Era (Paperback)
Have the majority of human beings departed from their sanity? According to Steve Taylor that is possibly the case, and he reckons we can pinpoint when our crazy train left, and which station it departed from, and why!
Steve puts forward a well researched academic theory in a friendly and easy going style accessible to anyone.
He challenges the traditional scientific criteria that has been used to mark the "progress" and "evolution" of the human psyche. This book gave me a different way of viewing the "evolution" of our minds, and what we view as "normal" human behaviour.
I couldn't give it the full 5 stars because at times for me it just felt like the balance of evidence had been just a little too artificially tilted in favour of the theory...but hey, I have no expertise in the areas Steve explores, so I'm just going by a gut feel here.
Anyhow, the importance of what the book is trying to say reaches far deeper than the need for a watertight and totally unbiased theory! For me, it is more about whether we should just accept what the scientists tell us about ourselves, or whether we should be challenging these scientific "truths" so we can break out of this highly destructive and life threatening lethargy the human race seems to have fallen into.