Why Are Human Beings So Crazy?

This is an interesting new theory about the problems of insanity which affect the human species (much more than any other). These theories about the loss to our endocrine system forced on us by different living conditions chime in with my own experience. The more aware I become, the more I seek out rich and varied organically-grown fruit and vegetables to eat, and the more I feel my body and my intelligence responding.

The researchers talk about the time when we “lost our optimum ‘design conditions’, resulting in a net loss of critically important abilities – notably for harmonious coexistence with each other and our planet.” This was 200,000 years ago …

For more than 15 years, researcher and author Tony Wright has been piecing together academic findings from numerous disciplines, ranging from neuroscience, endocrinology, nutrition, anthropology, primatology, pharmacology and developmental biology to botany, palaeontology, zoology and behavioural sciences.

With the help of writer Graham Gynn, Left in the Dark is the result of his work, in which the chemistry of our brain and nervous system is scrutinised, and its evolution traced all the way back to the ancestral tropical forest. The authors point to a symbiotic relationship between our forebears and the forest’s flowering plants, whose fruit gave us a uniquely hormone-rich nutritional environment in which to evolve.

In their opinion, this had particularly significant implications for our endocrine system – the system by which hormones govern many of our body’s functions and the development of our brain. This complex biochemistry was lost to us when the last of our human ancestors were separated from the forest environment roughly 200,000 years ago.

According to Wright and Gynn, we thereby lost our optimum “design conditions”, resulting in a net loss of critically important abilities – notably for harmonious coexistence with each other and our planet.

Although we appear to have successfully survived, the authors argue that, rather than being at the pinnacle of our abilities (technological know-how and industrial-scale utilisation of resources notwithstanding), we are in fact a shadow of what we could be.

Specifically, the authors show that our right brain hemisphere has retained particular strengths which are both generally untapped, and likely to be precisely what is needed at this time when natural resources (from fuel to land and food) are stretched, with the ensuing potential for conflict and hardship.

Basing their work on careful analysis of original scientific papers, with simplicity and elegance, they demonstrate how our left hemisphere, which dominates our current thinking and planning, is “in the dark”, subjectively unaware that it is has lost much of its own unique capacity.

A fascinating picture thus emerges, reminiscent of the “golden age” common to many mythologies: of a latent human capacity for co-operative, peaceful behaviour which could be intrinsically linked with greatly enhanced abilities of understanding, perception and creative thinking. Unlocking these in all of us is a tantalising prospect…

Interested? We are! In fact, the unlocking of this potential is something we would like to see being prioritised. The implication is that we may be neurologically compromised, affecting both how we perceive ourselves/each other and the world we live in – in other words, our very consciousness. If we are in effect suffering from a delusional mind, then repairing this damage could radically change the way we think and the decisions we make.

The prospects we face as a species and the impact on our paradisiacal home often seem very grim: re-establishing our own neural integrity could provide the very thinking we need to find adequate solutions – solutions that would benefit the whole planet, not just a minority; solutions based on empathy and compassion instead of fear and control. In other words, in order to repair the outer damage, we think it may be critical to repair the inner neural damage. For this to happen, we also think widespread public interest may be key.

Highly acclaimed ghostwriter Andrew Crofts has been asked to present the current findings from Left in the Dark in a widely accessible style. Here’s a video interview with him.


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2 comments

  1. dulcemareas

    Reblogged this on The Highly Sensitive Family and commented:
    Lovely idea: “A fascinating picture thus emerges, reminiscent of the “golden age” common to many mythologies: of a latent human capacity for co-operative, peaceful behaviour which could be intrinsically linked with greatly enhanced abilities of understanding,
    perception and creative thinking. Unlocking these in all of us is a tantalising prospect…”

    Like

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