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The authors' inquiry led them to the root of human suffering: the ego. That the ego underlies our problems as a species may come as no surprise. But a deeper look into the ego's origin and history is full of unexpected revelations:
The modern human is dominated by a Stone Age brain
Energy consumption and the environmental crisis is nothing more than the evolutionary drive to survive gone haywire
Evolution has wired us to be riveted to bad news, bad outcomes, and worst-case scenarios
When beliefs are challenged it triggers a life or death stance in the human nervous system
Emotions are mostly physical, not mental
The self we identify with—along with its biases and beliefs—turns out to be an evolutionary tool that made its first appearance some 50,000 years ago during what's called the conceptual revolution, arguably the biggest developmental leap in human history. The emerging ego accompanied our ability to construct complex tools, create art, and redefine social structure. For the first time as a species, we were able to imagine the future, consider the thoughts of others, and picture ourselves in our own minds. The ego is a cognitive trick of natural selection intended to insure the survival of the individual. Baumann and Taft say the problem comes when we take the ego's conceptualization of reality as the truth about who we actually are.
Using the latest research from cognitive neuroscience, evolutionary psychology, social anthropology, and paleontology, Baumann and Taft show that modern humanity may be on the verge of an expansion of cognitive abilities akin to the development of the ego. This next step will free the human mind to see beyond the confines of the ego and open the vast potential of conscious awareness.
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By JAMES on 05-31-13
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Where does Ego rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Among the top.
What did you like best about this story?
Insight. Learning about evolution of human psych & society
Which character – as performed by Peter Baumann and Michael W. Taft – was your favorite?
not applicable question.
If you could give Ego a new subtitle, what would it be?
evolution of human psych & society in relation to twin towers
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