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by Jeremy Griffith

ÔSuch is the explosion of insight that occurs when biological understanding
of the human condition is finally foundÑas it now isÑthat all the books in
all the libraries in all the world couldnÕt deliver the definitive explanations
contained here in The Book of Real Answers to Everything!, and in
Freedom, the complete presentation of Jeremy GriffithÕs treatise.Õ
Tim Macartney-Snape, AM OAM, Patron of the World Transformation Movement

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The Book of Real Answers to Everything!, by Jeremy Griffith:
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First published in Australia 2011
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Note to the Reader

The objective of this book is to provide a stand-alone, first-principle-based, scientific
explanation of each of the following subjects that have so troubled the human mind since
time immemorial. Since the explanations are designed to be self-contained, and since
(as will become clear) the human condition is the underlying issue in all human affairs,
each of the explanations does contain certain similar material, however, important subtle
differences appear within those similar sections.

Contents
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Foreword, by Harry Prosen���������������������������������������������������������������������������� 5
Media Release...................................................................................................... 6
The Human Condition�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 7
What is Science?����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 14
What is Love?��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 33
Soul���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 40
Conscience��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 54
Good vs Evil������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 64
What is the Meaning of Life?������������������������������������������������������������������������ 70
Is there a God?�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 77
Ego, and Our Egocentric Lives��������������������������������������������������������������������� 85
Save the World�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 90
Consciousness���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 96
Human Nature������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 102
Why do People Lie?��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 108

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which is one of the theories currently used to explain human behaviour—specifically the human condition. that Jeremy Griffith’s biological treatise on the human condition does finally provide humanity with a truly accountable explanation of this most perplexing and important of subjects. the subject of our human condition is the area of inquiry where psychiatry and biology finally converge. Wilson has said. However. including chairing two departments of psychiatry and serving as president of the Canadian Psychiatric Association. and ‘Biology right now awaits its Einstein in the realm of consciousness studies’ (ABC Radio National. M. in terms of understanding our peculiar ‘human condition’. I don’t believe the theories that have been put forward by mainstream biologists have succeeded in presenting a satisfactory. Part 4:4B). As a psychiatrist I recognise that the impasse to finding this great breakthrough understanding of the human condition has been that the subjective issue of the human condition has been all but impossible for humans to think effectively about. I have become aware of two statements made by the great Australian biologist Charles Birch that I think accurately capture the stalled situation that has existed in biology. Professor Prosen was recently appointed one of 500 Specially Selected Fellows of the American College of Psychiatrists. not a biologist. Given the plight of the world— which we humans are responsible for—the human condition is certainly the subject upon which all areas of science should be focused.. the now long overdue psychological rehabilitation of the human race can finally occur.298). . Evidence for this is the term ‘Evolutionary Psychology’. as I’ve said on occasions elsewhere. p. December 2011 Harry Prosen is a professor of psychiatry who has worked in the field for over 50 years. 1997). Ockham’s Razor. but now that this great psychological denial blocking access to the truth about ourselves has finally been penetrated and understanding of ourselves found. truly accountable explanation of it. this is all so exciting—I am quite overwhelmed to be here on Earth when these REAL answers are finally established! I cannot recommend strongly enough the understandings contained in this book. which are that ‘Biology has not made any real advance since Darwin’ (Freedom Book 1. as I have also said on numerous occasions. He is also psychiatric consultant to the Bonobo Species Preservation Society.Sc.D. 1998. or in the more complete presentation that is provided in Griffith’s book Freedom. 16 Apr. and a Distinguished Life Member of the American Psychiatric Association. I say ‘has existed’ because I believe. I must say I am so thrilled with Griffith’s explanation of the human condition that I am dedicated to promoting it wherever possible. The clarity with which he explains the grand concepts featured in this book alone is testament to this. Harry Prosen. ‘The human condition is the most important frontier of the natural sciences’ (Consilience. As the Harvard biologist Edward O. M. 2009. In fact. Again.Foreword While I am a psychiatrist.

Sociobiology and Evolutionary Psychology. “The public has all but given up on science because. science writer Robert Wright and anthropologist Robert Sussman. The articles. on topics including ‘What is Love?’. The What is science? article presents for the first time the definitive history of how science. in so doing failing to provide much-needed answers about human nature. However. . “However. Of Griffith’s ability to impart such clarity. in fact revealing that science is “the saviour of the human race”. the human race and thus our world through bringing redeeming and ameliorating or healing biological understanding to the underlying problem in all human affairs of the human condition. appear in Griffith’s latest publication. is quoted in the article saying: “I have no doubt this biological explanation of the human condition is the holy grail of insight we have sought for the psychological rehabilitation of the human race.com/book-of-real-answers.) About the WTM: The WORLD TRANSFORMATION MOVEMENT (WTM) is dedicated to transforming the individual. The What is science? article cites a 2011 Australian Academy of Science report that found a ‘staggering’ 43 percent drop over the last 20 years in the number of Australian Year 11 and 12 students studying science from 94 percent to 51 percent. Professor and Chair of the Psychology Department at the University of Dallas.worldtransformation. zoologist Richard Dawkins. The Book of Real Answers to Everything! (The book is freely available at www. its discovery of the difference in the way genes and nerves work has been a key insight that at last makes it possible to explain the human condition. let alone admit it was the subject that science had to solve if there was to be a future for the human race. have necessarily been unable to acknowledge it existed. ‘Is there a God?’ and ‘Consciousness’. scientists. including mainstream theories of Social Darwinism. Griffith explains that while science has necessarily had to take a limited reductionist and mechanistic approach. real answers about human behaviour. of are we humans fundamentally good or bad?” Griffith said. and how they necessarily have not been able to provide humanity with truthful. including biologist Edward O. So at last we can answer the question ‘what is science’ with that it is the saviour of the human race.” What is Science? is one of several short articles developed by Griffith to help demonstrate to readers the universal application of his synthesis to subjects wide and varied. in just 19 pages. What is Science? New article unlocks impasse for science and human understanding 17 January 2012 The World Transformation Movement today published a ground-breaking article titled What is science? by Australian biologist Jeremy Griffith that offers hope to the public’s growing disenchantment with science. Professor Harry Prosen.” Griffith continued. Professor Scott Churchill. biology has been able to solve the human condition and provide humans with relieving explanation for why they are good and not bad after all. The article is the latest chapter in Griffith’s online publication. the What is science? article presents a clear distillation of the works of some of the world’s leading scientists. until now. “This article explains that because the human condition has been such a terrifying subject. as it was always intended to be!” On this greatest of all breakthroughs in science. through understanding how genes and nerves work. a former president of the Canadian Psychiatric Association.Exciting Media Release for this book’s principal article. The Book of Real Answers to Everything! This book explains that the real issue before us a species has always been the issue of the human condition. has had to avoid and deny that the human condition exists.” Astonishingly. like everyone. it has been unable to solve the crux issue before us as a species of the human condition and provide the much-sought-after answer to the deepest and darkest of questions. which is our species capacity for good and evil—Griffith maintains that the role of science has been to one day find understanding of this crux issue. and thankfully just in the nick of time. has said: “Griffith manages to summarise book-length expositions of these oftentimes obtuse and varying perspectives on human evolution with clarity and brilliance. Wilson.

rape. murder and war. HUMAN-RACE-TRANSFORMING —explanation of our human-condition-afflicted lives! (And it should be mentioned that this explanation of our species’ deeply psychologically troubled condition is not the psychosis-avoiding. core. torture. however. namely cooperative. depressing no-go zone because biology is at last able to provide the dreamed-of exonerating. even ‘fallen’ or corrupted condition we could barely afford to even acknowledge the subject. MOST WONDERFULLY. real question in all of human life. we also have an unspeakable history of brutality. Wilson has put forward in his theory of Eusociality. selfish and aggressive when clearly the ideals of life are to be the complete opposite. dishonest account of the human condition that the biologist E. why are we so ruthlessly competitive. dilemma and paradox of the human condition is humans’ capacity for what has been called ‘good’ and ‘evil’.O. ‘burden-of-guilt’-lifting and thus rehabilitating—in fact. real explanation of it. Despite all our marvellous accomplishments. ‘good-and-evil’-reconciling. why have we humans been so competitive. but the psychosis-addressing-and-solving. selfless and loving? In fact. trivialising. of are humans good or are we possibly the terrible mistake that all the evidence seems to unequivocally indicate we might be? While it’s undeniable that humans are capable of great love.) Francis Bacon’s Study for self-portrait (detail) 1976 The truth is the human condition is the agonising. we humans have been the most ferocious and destructive force that has ever lived on Earth—and the eternal question has been ‘why?’ Even in our everyday behaviour. the human condition is no longer an unapproachable. seemingly-imperfect. BUT until we could explain our less-than-ideally-behaved. 2011 The great mystery. selfish and brutal that human life has become all but unbearable and we have nearly destroyed our own planet?! . underlying.The Human Condition Written by Australian biologist Jeremy Griffith.

one nation and another. greed and indifference] could we defeat those dark forces with a true understanding of their nature and origin’ (Jung and the Story of Our Time. So even though the issue of the human condition has been the real. Jung. BUT. p. escapist existence. the truth is the human mind has had to live on the very surface of existence. and it’s true that we needed to find understanding of ourselves. p. it’s also true that trying to go anywhere near the subject. and as ‘the black box inside of humans they can’t go near’. trying to conduct any ‘examin[ation]’ of the human condition. p. even ‘fallen’ or corrupted condition could allow us to cross ‘the historical abyss’ that ‘separate[d] us’ from a ‘compassion[ate]’. since almost any thinking on any subject brought our mind one way or another into contact with the unbearable issue of the human condition. and the increase of life and meaning that awaits us in the future’ (ibid. Indeed. reconciled. 1964. Yes. ‘Thinking can get you into terrible downwards spirals of doubt’ (Sydney Morning Herald. that the human condition has been described as ‘the personal unspeakable’. ‘examine’ the issue of the human condition. True compassion was ultimately the only means by which peace and love could come to our planet and it could only be achieved through understanding.World Transformation Movement – The Book of Real Answers to Everything! Unable—until now—to truthfully answer this deepest and darkest of all questions of our seemingly-highly-imperfect human condition.29). 9/2. 8 . ‘meaning[ful]’ view of ourselves. of are we humans fundamentally good or bad.G. underlying issue we needed to solve if we were to exonerate and thus rehabilitate the human race. the ‘face of absolute evil’ is the ‘shattering’ possibility—if we allowed our minds to think about it—that we humans might indeed be a terrible mistake! Socrates famously said that ‘the unexamined life is not worth living’. 5 July 1986).24). live an extremely superficial. cruelty. The truth is that while much attention has been given to the need to love each other and the environment if we are to ‘save the world’. only ‘true understanding of the nature and origin’ of our species’ ‘good-and-evil’-troubled. raised such ‘shattering’ doubts about our meaning and worth as humans that it wasn’t ‘worth’ doing if we were to actually continue ‘living’!! In fact. Yes.10).145) and that ‘Only by understanding how we were all a part of the same contemporary pattern [of wars. but it is a rare and shattering experience for him to gaze into the face of absolute evil’ (Aion in The Collected Works of C. even that most basic task for conscious humans has been a nightmare—as the Australian comedian Rod Quantock once said. we have been so fearful and insecure about the subject that instead of confronting it and trying to solve it we have been preoccupied denying and escaping it. ameliorated. the real need if we were to actually succeed in doing so was to find the means to love the dark side of ourselves—to find the reconciling understanding of our ‘good-and-evil’-afflicted human condition that was causing so much suffering and destruction! Carl Jung was forever saying that ‘wholeness for humans depends on the ability to own their own shadow’ because he recognised that only finding understanding of our dark side could end our underlying insecurity about our fundamental goodness and worth as humans and. make us ‘whole’. in fact. 1976. Vol. Drawing again from the writings of van der Post: ‘Compassion leaves an indelible blueprint of the recognition that life so sorely needs between one individual and another. one culture and another. we learnt to avoid the whole depressing subject—so much so. Yes. ‘True love is love of the difficult and unlovable’ (Journey Into Russia. The pre-eminent philosopher Sir Laurens van der Post was making the same point when he said. the famous psychoanalyst Carl Jung was referring to the terrifying subject of the human condition when he wrote that ‘When it [our shadow] appears…it is quite within the bounds of possibility for a man to recognize the relative evil of his nature. in doing so. p. It is also valid for the road which our spirit should be building now for crossing the historical abyss that still separates us from a truly contemporary vision of life.

etc. selfish and aggressive behaviour. ‘sympathy for the devil’—one day. as incredible as it is. the sun is finally coming up to drain away all the darkness from our lives. not an instinct-controlled animal condition—our condition is unique to us fully conscious humans. selfish. materialistic. it overlooks the fact that our human behaviour involves our unique fully conscious thinking mind. the eternal hope.O. dishonest account of the human condition that E. Evolutionary Psychology. immoral. angry. (Again. truthful biological explanation of our species’ extremely competitive. Descriptions like egocentric. Of course. less-than-ideal. faith. territory and a mate. Sociobiology. healing and thus TRANSFORMING explanation of the human condition would finally be found. artificial. superficial. psychological HUMAN CONDITION. aggressive. Multilevel Selection and E.O. arrogant. escapist. Wilson put forward in his theory of Eusociality. we had to find ‘true understanding’ of the ‘nature and origin’ of the ‘dark forces’ in human nature. what is the wonderful reconciling. (A brief description of the theories of Social Darwinism. freeing humans at last of their insecure existence. human-condition-afflicted state to a psychologically secure. can’t be the real explanation for our competitive. Firstly. That holy grail of the human journey of finding first principlebased.) From a situation of bewildering confusion and darkness about what it is to be human we have broken through to a world drenched in the light of relieving understanding. The dawn of enlightenment has arrived. the issue of our species’ ‘good-and-evil’-afflicted. selfish and aggressive behaviour. Sociobiology. reconciling and rehabilitating understanding of ourselves. artificial. state. biological explanation of the human condition is finally here. it is now possible to present that dreamed-of. real explanation of the human condition. of finding the understanding that would mature the human race from a psychologically insecure. alienated—in fact. even ‘fallen’ or corrupted. This is THE most amazing moment in human history! So. Evolutionary Psychology. The Book of Real Answers 9 . greedy. to quote The Rolling Stones. which has been put forward in the biological theories of Social Darwinism. One day there had to be. deeply psychologically distressed and lonely—human condition that brings about the long dreamed-of liberation from that terrible state and the complete TRANSFORMATION of the human race? Certainly. alienated. exonerating and thus rehabilitating. deluded. this ‘explanation’. relieved. has now finally arrived. it has to be stressed that this explanation is not the psychosis-avoiding. Multilevel Selection and Eusociality that blame our divisive behaviour on savage instincts rather than on a consciousness-derived psychosis is presented in the What is Science? article in this. the main one being that we have savage animal instincts that make us fight and compete for food. human-condition-understood-and-reconciled state. truthful. The real issue—the psychological problem in our thinking minds that we have suffered from—is the dilemma of our human condition. shelter. mean. hateful. we have invented excuses to justify our species’ seemingly-imperfect competitive. through the advances that have been made in science. reconciling. Wilson’s Eusociality and basically argues that ‘genes are competitive and selfish and that’s why we are’. all imply a consciousness-derived. trivialising. but the psychosis-addressing-and-solving. this ‘future’ that Jung and van der Post looked forward to. trust and indeed belief of the human race has been that the day would come when the all-clarifying. psychological dimension to our behaviour.The Human Condition Most wonderfully and relievingly. and that day is here! Yes. We humans suffer from a consciousness-derived. And.

1871. And nor are they derived from warring with other groups of humans as advocates of the theory of Eusociality would have us believe.) So. learn to understand and become CONSCIOUS of. cooperative. loving moral instincts—what we recognise as our ‘conscience’—and these moral instincts in us are not derived from reciprocity. what is the truthful. what has commonly occurred in the past enables you to predict what is likely to happen in the future and to adjust your behaviour accordingly. from situations where you only do something for others in return for a benefit from them. the self-modified behaviour starts to provide feedback. we have an unconditionally selfless. Predictions are compared with outcomes and so on. p. (How we humans acquired unconditionally selfless moral instincts when it would seem that an unconditionally selfless. Once insights into the nature of change are put into effect. selfish and aggressive behaviour? The answer begins with an analysis of consciousness. universallyconsiderate-of-others-not-competitive-with-other-groups. nerves can sufficiently associate information to reason how experiences are related. Charles Darwin recognised the difference in our moral nature when he said that ‘the moral sense affords the best and highest distinction between man and the lower animals’ (The Descent of Man. Our original instinctive state was the opposite of being competitive. and such refinement occurred in the human brain. fully altruistic trait is going to self-eliminate and thus not ever be able to become established in a species is briefly explained in the above-mentioned What is Science? article. but. or insight into. No. our conscious intellect was then in a position to wrest control from our gene-based learning system’s instincts. 10 . competitive. selfless and loving.World Transformation Movement – The Book of Real Answers to Everything! to Everything!. or intelligent about. biological explanation of our species’ present seemingly-highly-imperfect. refining the insights further. truly loving. Basically. human-condition-addressing rather than human-conditionavoiding. NOT savage instincts. This knowledge of.495). up until then. or aware of. had been controlling our lives. What is so significant about this process is that once our nerve-based learning system became sufficiently developed for us to become conscious and able to effectively manage events. once our self-adjusting intellect emerged it was capable of taking over the management of our lives from the instinctive orientations we had acquired through the natural selection of genetic traits that adapted us to our environment. as Evolutionary Psychologists would have us believe. you can compare them with current events and identify regularly occurring experiences. once developed. Very briefly. selfish and aggressive behaviour is that it overlooks the fact that we humans have altruistic. selfish and aggressive: it was fully cooperative. nerves were originally developed for the coordination of movement in animals. their ability to store impressions—which is what we refer to as ‘memory’—gave rise to the potential to develop understanding of cause and effect. which. Much developed. If you can remember past events. Thus consciousness means being sufficiently aware of how experiences are related to attempt to manage change from a basis of understanding. with the complete account provided in Part 4:12 of the freely-available.) The second reason the savage-instincts-in-us excuse can’t possibly be the real explanation for our divisive. the relationship between events that occur through time. and more fully explained in Part 8:4 of Freedom Book 1—however. online book Freedom Book 1. fully altruistic. genuinely moral conscience. the point being made here is that the savage-instincts-in-us excuse is completely inconsistent with the fact that we have genuine and entirely moral instincts.

when our conscious intellect emerged it was neither suitable nor sustainable for it to be orientated by instincts—it had to find understanding to operate effectively and fulfil its great potential to manage life. even ego-gone-mad-with-murderous-anger for having to live with so much unjust criticism. which is the dictionary definition of ‘ego’. self-centred or selfish. imagine what would happen if we put a fully conscious mind on the head of a migrating bird. We became ego-centric. but the instincts—being in effect ‘unaware’ or ‘ignorant’ of the intellect’s need to carry out these experiments— ‘opposed’ any understanding-produced deviations from the established instinctive orientations: they ‘criticised’ and ‘tried to stop’ the conscious mind’s necessary search for knowledge. selfish and aggressive state that we call the ‘human condition’. rehabilitating and healing about this explanation of the human condition is that we can finally appreciate that there was a very good reason for our angry. and unable to understand and thus explain why its experiments in self-adjustment were necessary. upset condition. that a terrible battle broke out between our instincts and intellect. when our conscious intellect challenged our instincts for control. the effect of which was the extremely competitive. To illustrate the situation. However. The only forms of defiance available to the conscious intellect were to attack the instincts’ unjust criticism.The Human Condition HOWEVER. leaving the conscious intellect in a serious dilemma: if it obeys its instincts it will not feel ‘criticised’ by its instincts but neither will it find knowledge. alienated and egocentric human-condition-afflicted state appeared. and the only way it can acquire that understanding is by experimenting in understanding—for example. No wonder we led such an evasive. when our intellect began to exert itself and experiment in the management of life from a basis of understanding. in effect challenging the role of the already established instinctual self. try to deny or block from its mind the instincts’ unjust criticism. In short—and to return to our human situation because we were the species that acquired the fully conscious mind—the psychologically upset angry. and attempt to prove the instincts’ unjust criticism wrong. a battle unavoidably broke out between the instinctive self and the newer conscious self. superficial and 11 . we can now see why we have not just been egocentric. Our ‘conscious thinking self’. Until the conscious mind found the redeeming understanding of why it had to defy the instincts (namely the scientific understanding of the difference in the way genes and nerves process information. alienated and egocentric lives—in fact. the intellect was left having to endure a psychologically distressed. it was at this juncture. but ego-infuriated. escapist. Obviously. preoccupied with aggressively competing for opportunities to prove we are good and not bad—we unavoidably became selfish. the intellect could not afford to give in to the instincts. aggressive and competitive. ‘I’ll fly down to that island and have a rest. the conscious intellect had no way of refuting the implicit criticism from the instincts even though it knew it was unjust. but it now has a conscious mind that needs to understand how to behave. Our intellect began to experiment in understanding as the only means of discovering the correct and incorrect understandings for managing existence. that one is an orientating learning system while the other is an insightful learning system). To elaborate.’ But such a deviation from the migratory flight path would naturally result in the instincts resisting the deviation. What is so exonerating. The bird is following an instinctive flight path acquired over thousands of generations of natural selection. became ‘centred’ or focused on the need to justify itself. thinking. with no choice but to defy that opposition from the instincts.

‘inspirational thoughts’. ‘self improvement’ motivational programs through which we tried to defy the human condition by surrounding ourselves with positive quotes about life and pumping ourselves with ‘positive thoughts’. ‘happy thoughts’. in fact.2:17). we can now see that our conscious mind was NOT the evil villain it has so long been portrayed as—such as in the Bible where Adam and Eve are demonised and ‘banished…from the Garden of Eden’ (Gen. greatest of all breakthroughs in science: ‘I have no doubt this biological explanation of the human condition is the holy grail of insight we have sought for the psychological rehabilitation of the human race’ (Freedom Book 1. the means to end the insecurity of the human condition! At last. selfish and aggressive. state when he wrote. Our round of departure has ended. never-ending parade of false starts to the dreamed-of utopian state of being free of the agony of the human condition—including the 1960s Age of Aquarius movement. 1942). greedy. finding the exonerating. the 1970s Peace movement. Finally the REAL means to think positively about our lives. science has finally enabled us to lift the so-called ‘burden of guilt’ from the human race. redeeming understanding of our dark. the 1990s Stop the Greed movement. all our upset angry. to truly motivate and inspire ourselves and to properly re-build our self-esteem has arrived! We now have the answer to how to love yourself. troubled. basically ineffectual ‘think positive’. understanding of the human condition doesn’t condone ‘bad’ behaviour. Eliot wonderfully articulated our species’ journey from an original innocent. egocentric and alienated behaviour now subsides. etc. yet ignorant. Yes. ‘inspiring thoughts’. it heals and. 3:23) of our original innocent. ‘motivational stories’. to understand that we thinking. Yes. etc. ‘great thoughts’. bringing about the complete TRANSFORMATION OF THE HUMAN RACE—and importantly.S. ‘We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time’ (Little Gidding. selfless and loving. human-condition-afflicted existence finally enables the human race to be healed and thus TRANSFORMED—it makes us ‘whole’ again. conscious humans are actually nothing less than the heroes of the story of life on Earth! This is because our fully conscious mind is surely nature’s greatest invention and to have had to endure the torture of being unjustly condemned as evil for so long (the anthropological evidence indicates we humans have been fully conscious for some two million years) must make us the absolute heroes of the story of life on Earth. ‘positive words’. 2009. smother-ourselves-with-material-glory-while-we-lacked-the-spiritualglory-of-compassionate-understanding-of-ourselves existence! Yes. moral state for taking the ‘fruit…from the tree of knowledge’ (ibid. 12 . a former president of the Canadian Psychiatric Association. state. psychologically upset. all those endless. corrupted state. ‘self development’. The poet T.World Transformation Movement – The Book of Real Answers to Everything! artificial. by so doing. on this dreamed-of. and back to an uncorrupted. all-loving. and now the Anti-Capitalist movement (and these are just some of the more recent of the litany we’ve been witness to)—comes to an end with the arrival of the understanding of the human condition that actually brings an end to that terrible human-condition-afflicted existence! Yes. as Jung said it would. but this time enlightened. that exasperating. ‘human potential’. And BEST OF ALL. 3:3. To quote Professor Harry Prosen. ‘knowledge’finding. to a psychologically upset ‘fallen’. humans return to being cooperative. ends it. because this explanation of the human condition is redeeming and thus rehabilitating. superficial. From being competitive. Part 2:2). the 1980s New Age movement. ‘good thoughts about life’.

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how to create…From everything I’ve seen people really urgently want the kind of new beginning…[that I am] talking about [where humans will live in] cooperation instead of competition’ (New Age mag. with the ultimate knowledge we needed being self-knowledge—the reconciling biological explanation of our ‘good-and-evil’-afflicted. the REAL frontier for the human race—and most particularly for its designated vehicle for enquiry. ‘True love is love of the difficult and unlovable’ (Journey Into Russia. make us ‘whole’. ‘wholeness for humans depends on the ability to own their own shadow’. 1964. selfish and brutal that human life has become all but unbearable and we have nearly destroyed our own planet? The famous psychoanalyst Carl Jung was forever saying. why. p.24). cruelty. science—was never outer space but inner space. the search for this makes-us-‘whole’. selfish and aggressive—in fact. murder and war—and the eternal question has been ‘why?’ How are we to explain our species’ seemingly extremely flawed state or condition? Even in our everyday behaviour. seemingly-highly-imperfect. Aug. psychologically-rehabilitating. selfless and loving. torture. SO ruthlessly competitive. humanrace-transforming-and-thus-human-race-saving UNDERSTANDING OF THE HUMAN CONDITION! In 1982 the author Marilyn Ferguson wrote these words about humanity’s long dreamed-of liberation from the human condition: ‘Maybe [the scientist-philosopher] Teilhard de Chardin was right. . when the ideals of life are so clearly to be cooperative. meaning ‘knowledge’. science is humanity’s vehicle for the pursuit of knowledge.145) and ‘Only by W:51 H:51 understanding how we were all a part of the same contemporary pattern [of wars. The pre-eminent philosopher Sir Laurens van der Post was making the same point when he said. p. Our real self knows how to commune. because he recognised that ONLY finding understanding of our dark side could end our underlying psychological insecurity about our fundamental goodness and worth as humans and. ‘good-and-evil’-reconciling. so-called HUMAN CONDITION! While it’s undeniable that we humans are capable of great love. 1982). 1976. in so doing. are we humans competitive. we also have an unspeakable history of brutality. 2011 What is science? Coming from the Latin word scientia. rape. greed and indifference] could we defeat those dark forces with a true understanding of their nature and origin’ (Jung and the Story of Our Time. Yes. maybe we are moving toward an omega point [a final unification of our split selves]—Maybe we can finally resolve the planet’s inner conflict between its neurotic self and its real self.What is Science? Written by Australian biologist Jeremy Griffith.

and how science has been coping with it. So the fundamental reason people are asking ‘what is science?’ is because they want to know ‘what’s wrong with science’—why can’t it fulfil its principal task of finding the reconciling understanding of the human condition?! But. ultimate scientific breakthrough of the real explanation of the human condition. a 2011 Australian Academy of Science report found a ‘staggering’ decline in the number of Australian year 11 and 12 (senior-equivalent) students studying science. 9/2.O. real question in all of human life. core. while it’s undeniable that we humans are capable of great love. trivialising. 2011). needs to be explained. we can now say that it is the saviour of the human race. human-race-liberating. so much so. as I will elaborate upon shortly. the subject of the human condition has been SO terrifying—SO ‘shattering[ly]’ suicidally depressing—that living in complete denial of it has been humans’ 15 . In the case of the Australian public. from 94 percent 20 years ago to just 51 percent today (Sydney Morning Herald. dishonest account of it that the biologist E.) Before presenting this fabulous. ‘burden-of-guilt’-lifting. that the human condition has been described as ‘the personal unspeakable’. Jung. p. as it was always intended to be. So. The truth is. ‘good-and-evil’reconciling. the ‘face of absolute evil’ is the ‘shattering’ possibility—if we allowed our minds to think about it—that we humans might indeed be a terrible mistake! The truth is. real explanation of it. the issue of the human condition itself. the issue of the human condition has been such a terrifying subject we humans have hardly been able to acknowledge it existed.What is Science? The immense frustration and danger for humankind is that these words were written over 30 years ago and yet the ‘urgently’ needed ‘resol[ution]’ of the ‘inner conflict’ of our human condition still hadn’t arrived—which is in truth the deeper reason for the public’s great disillusionment with science today. we also have an unspeakable history of brutality. ‘inner conflict’-‘resolv[ing]’. what exactly is the human condition? It is the agonising. rape. MOST WONDERFULLY. this explanation of our species’ deeply psychologically troubled condition is not the psychosisavoiding. 21 Dec. murder and war. but the psychosis-addressing-and-solving.G. we learnt to avoid the whole depressing subject. in fact. of are humans good or are we possibly the terrible mistake that all the evidence seems to unequivocally indicate we might be? As pointed out. Vol. (And. Carl Jung was referring to the terrifying subject of the human condition when he wrote that ‘When it [our shadow] appears…it is quite within the bounds of possibility for a man to recognize the relative evil of his nature. science is now finally able to provide the dreamed-of. Wilson has put forward in his theory of Eusociality. Yes. underlying. let alone admit it was the subject that science had to solve if there was to be a future for the human race. but it is a rare and shattering experience for him to gaze into the face of absolute evil’ (Aion in The Collected Works of C. human-racetransforming EXPLANATION OF THE HUMAN CONDITION! So to the question ‘what is science?’. Yes.10). despite all our marvellous accomplishments. and as ‘the black box inside of humans they can’t go near’! Indeed. torture. just when we had become exasperated with its failings. we humans have been the most ferocious and destructive force that has ever lived on Earth—and the eternal question has been ‘why?’ Unable—until now—to truthfully answer this deepest and darkest of questions of are we humans fundamentally good or bad. for example.

World Transformation Movement – The Book of Real Answers to Everything! only way of surviving. truthful. whole view of the issue of the human condition the vast majority of scientists necessarily became what has been termed ‘reductionist’ and ‘mechanistic’—they reduced their focus to only looking down at the details about the mechanisms of the workings of our world. What then were the great truths that reductionist. denial. psychosis-addressing-and-solving (not E. Indeed. psychosis-denying) explanation of the human condition. even that most basic task for conscious humans has been a nightmare—as the Australian comedian Rod Quantock once said. Yes. 5 July 1986). any truths that brought the unbearable. by whatever dishonest means possible. 2002). avoiding depressing thoughts about our highly imperfect. yet-all-important. Sydney Morning Herald. BUT it’s also true that trying to go anywhere near the subject. which is the key insight that at last made it possible to present the penetrating. and it’s true that we needed to find understanding of ourselves. ‘examine’ the issue of the human condition. far from being practitioners of an allegedly rigorously objective and impartial ‘scientific method’. that ‘The overwhelming impression is of order…[in] the universe’ (‘The Time of His Life’.O. and that ‘behind everything is an order’ (Einstein 16 . even ‘fallen’ or corrupted condition through evasion. self-distraction and block-out has been the main feature of human behaviour since humans first became conscious and the human condition emerged some two million years ago! Socrates famously said that ‘the unexamined life is not worth living’. the first being the truth of the integrative meaning of existence. fully accountable. the truth is the human mind has had to live on the very surface of existence. through the gradual accumulation of knowledge about the mechanisms and workings of our world. while the plea to know ‘what is science?’ was really a subliminal cry from the heart to understand why science couldn’t solve the human condition and liberate humankind from its unbearable grip. So. respectively. which of course includes scientists. escapist existence. The world’s greatest physicists. As will be explained shortly. scientists have necessarily had to avoid. scientists found understanding of the difference in the way genes and nerves function. 28 Apr. Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein. The implicit hope was that by finding understanding of those mechanisms they would at least be assembling the means by which the human condition might one day be able to be explained—and that is exactly what they achieved. unconfrontable issue of the human condition into focus. live an extremely superficial. escapism. raised such ‘shattering’ doubts about our meaning and worth as humans that it wasn’t ‘worth’ doing if we were to actually continue ‘living’! In fact. What happened was that to avoid the suicidally dangerous. have said. Wilson’s dishonest. mechanistic scientists had no choice but to avoid while the truthful explanation of the human condition was still to be found? There were. since almost any thinking on any subject brought our mind one way or another into contact with the unbearable issue of the human condition. in fact. has been so deeply committed to avoiding the issue of the human condition that thinking truthfully and thus effectively about the all-important subject of the human condition has been all but impossible! So. six main unconfrontable truths. we can now appreciate that there has been a very good reason why it couldn’t—and that was because the human race. overarching. trying to conduct any ‘examin[ation]’ of the human condition. ‘Thinking can get you into terrible downwards spirals of doubt’ (Sydney Morning Herald. Gregory Benford.

I have come to realise that behind everything is an order that we glimpse only indirectly [because it’s unbearably confronting/condemning!]. unconditional selflessness is the underlying theme of existence. Yes. ‘I would use the term God as the embodiment of the laws of physics’ (Master of the Universe. which fortunately we now can— would it be psychologically safe to confront. So considerothers-above-yourself. ONLY when we could truthfully explain the good reason WHY we humans have not been ideally behaved—truthfully explain the human condition no less. that one lay down his life for his friends. I am a religious man’ (Einstein Revealed. planets and galaxies. Clearly. Here on Earth. the concept of ‘God’ is actually our personification of this truth of Integrative Meaning. the problem was that until we could truthfully explain the human condition we needed the concept of ‘God’ to remain safely abstract and undefined—we couldn’t afford to demystify ‘God’ as being the integrative. and ‘teleology’. ‘Greater love has no-one than this. as we say. which is defined as ‘the belief that purpose and design are a part of nature’ (Macquarie Dictionary. God-revering to the point of being God-worshipping—not God-confronting! 17 . 1997). if we consider religious terminology. unconditionally selfless theme of existence. 3rd edn. Furthermore. one could say that this order was the work of God. If one liked. are both terms that recognise this integrative ‘tendency’. Colossians 3:14 perfectly summarises the integrative significance of love: ‘And over all these virtues put on love. The great problem. Sydney Morning Herald. teleological integrative meaning of existence is that for a larger whole to form and hold together the parts of that whole must consider the welfare of the whole above their own welfare—put simply. Einstein thought so…We could call order by the name of God’ (‘The Time of His Life’. the more we find that it is governed by rational laws. The more we discover about the universe. seemingly-unloving behaviour. altruistic. Einstein: ‘over time. 16). PBS. It’s the glue that holds the world together and what we really mean by the term ‘love’. with this truth of the holistic. So the theme or purpose or meaning of existence is the ordering or integration or complexification of matter. evil or unworthy for our divisive competitive. and. selfless and loving theme of existence.’ BUT acknowledging and accepting this truth—that the meaning of existence is to be integrative cooperative. Gregory Benford. Over the eons a chaotic universe organised itself into stars. ‘God’ is the integrative. ‘God-fearing’—in fact. which binds them all together in perfect unity. selfless and loving—left humans feeling unbearably condemned as bad. the old Christian word for love was ‘caritas’. selfish and aggressive. PBS. 1 Cor. Hawking: ‘The overwhelming impression is of order. Of these biblical references. which the dictionary defines as ‘the tendency in nature to form wholes’ (Concise Oxford Dictionary. In this sense. 3:14. 10:24. 1989).What is Science? Revealed. BBC. 13:1–13. 1964). Overall. however. Again.’ In John 15:13 we also see that Christ emphasised the unconditionally selfless significance of the word ‘love’ when he said. see Col. selfishness is divisive or disintegrative while selflessness is integrative. what is happening on Earth is that matter is becoming ordered into larger wholes. As it says in the Bible. a process that is driven by the physical law of Negative Entropy. and if we include more of what Hawking and Einstein said we can see that they both agree. and John 15:13. 2002). We humans have been. Indeed. which means charity or giving or selflessness. atoms became ordered or integrated to form molecules → which in turn integrated to form compounds → viruslike organisms → single-celled organisms → multicellular organisms → and then societies of multicellular organisms. 28 Apr. this ‘order’ IS apparent everywhere. 1997). ‘God is love’ (1 John 4:8. This is religiousness. admit and accept the truth of the integrative. 1998). selfless and loving meaning of existence. 5th edn. ‘Holism’.

calling it an ‘unlucky substitution’ (Charles Darwin. it can be completely consistent with the integrative meaning of existence for someone to give their life in the cause of maintaining the larger whole of their society and thus not reproduce. this so-called Social Darwinism. to avoid religion’s acknowledgement of Integrative Meaning (albeit an indirect and abstract acknowledgement in the form of the concept of ‘God’) they claimed that religion and science were two totally unrelated realms—to the point that E. 1966). the plea to know ‘what is science?’ WAS a subliminal cry from the heart to know ‘why is science feeding us so much garbage. ‘barbaric’. ‘survival of the fittest’ 18 . humans had already found a humancondition-avoiding.3. Of course. Of course. p. in terms of offering humans a way of avoiding the issue of the human condition by contriving an excuse for our divisive. ‘I take a very strong stance against the mingling of religion and science’ (National Geographic Magazine. In fact. disapproved of the term ‘survival of the fittest’. dishonest way to justify our competitive. Vol.World Transformation Movement – The Book of Real Answers to Everything! When the aforementioned scientist-philosopher Teilhard de Chardin wrote in his 1938 book The Phenomenon of Man that ‘I can see a direction and a line of progress for life. competitive. Wilson has said. not ‘teleological’ and ‘holistic’—and the contrivance they developed to deny the truth of Integrative Meaning was to assert that there is no direction or meaning to existence and that change is random. Darwin originally left it undecided as to whether those individuals that reproduced more could be viewed as winners. and said. specifically that God is our personification of Integrative Meaning. this claimed ‘savage’. as being ‘fitter’. so many lies. agreeing only to use the term ‘survival of the fittest’ after being persuaded by others. as the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Charles H. selfish and aggressive behaviour. order-of-matter-developing theme of existence really is. unconditionally selfless. Significantly. a line and a direction which are in fact so well marked that I am convinced their reality will be universally admitted by the science of tomorrow’ (p. ‘primitive’ animal behaviour excuse was given a supposed biological basis by human-conditionavoiding. the two must grow together…converge they must’ (‘The Convergence of Science and Religion’. ‘Well. the consider-others-above-yourself.178). ‘Yesterday’s’ scientists have been ‘reductionist’ and ‘mechanistic’. We looked around and saw that nature is ‘red in tooth and claw’.142) he was recognising firstly how obvious the truth of the integrative. denial of the integrative meaning of existence.1 No.’ When Charles Darwin came up with his idea of natural selection.O. Townes truthfully admitted. mechanistic scientists through the misrepresentation of natural selection as a ‘survival of the fittest’ process. secondly. and. selfless and loving? Prior to the development of mechanistic science. the biologist Thomas Henry Huxley. selfish and aggressive behaviour. Sir Gavin de Beer. that’s why we are. mechanistic scientists had to avoid was the subject of the human condition itself—the issue of why aren’t humans cooperative. as explained. May 2006). So. so much dishonest denial?’—in particular. that this truth of the integrative ‘direction’ or theme or purpose or meaning of existence wouldn’t be able to be ‘admitted’ until the human-condition-resolved ‘science of tomorrow’ emerged. Furthermore. brutally competitive and aggressive. altruistic capacity to self-sacrifice for the good of the whole is the very theme of existence. 1963. and of the insights that reconcile science and religion. As we understand more in each realm. ‘they [religion and science] both represent man’s efforts to understand his universe and must ultimately be dealing with the same substance. The second great truth that reductionist. while Darwin’s friend and staunch supporter. Zygon.

asserting that our ‘Morality has no other demonstrable ultimate function’ other than to ensure ‘human genetic material…will be kept intact’ (p. as evidenced by charity workers helping the poor or rescuers putting their own lives on the line when saving others. as Social Darwinists maintained. mechanistic scientists needed to find a way around this fact that not all situations in nature are characterised by selfishness. in essence. consider-the-larger-whole-above-self. we competitive and aggressive humans were still not off the hook—because while members of most species do compete and fight with each other for food. The human- condition-side-stepping. he described his work as ‘the systematic study of the biological basis of all social behavior…including man’ (p. to avoid the unbearable issue of the human condition. So. 2. altruistic trait emerges it doesn’t tend to carry on. cooperative. Wilson said as much when. It is true that the gene-based system for developing the order of matter normally can’t develop unconditional selflessness because if an unconditionally selfless. we have an instinctive sense of morality. Wilson who finally provided a solution to this problem when. pp. the zoologist Richard Dawkins was also brazen in his assertion that humans are intrinsically selfish. because by selflessly looking after their colony and its queen who carries the genes for their existence they are indirectly selfishly ensuring the reproduction of their own genes. The greater truth. shelter and a mate. functional behaviour within their colonies. as Sociobiologists would 19 . if the meaning of existence is to be selfish. aggressive and selfish. he explained that while individual worker ants/bees appear to be behaving unconditionally selflessly. stating in his 1976 book The Selfish Gene that ‘We [humans] are survival machines—robot vehicles blindly programmed to preserve the selfish molecules known as genes…we. In taking up the Sociobiology cause. space. competition and aggression. In his 1978 book.O. Indeed. are machines created by our genes…we are born selfish’ (1989 edn.167). what we recognise as our ‘conscience’. however. On Human Nature. The point Wilson was making— truthfully enough—is that while such instances of reciprocity in ant and bee colonies involve selflessness. The obvious reason Sociobiology became famous is because its selfish reciprocity explanation could be used—but this time dishonestly—to dismiss all selfless behaviour in nature.What is Science? corruption of Darwin’s idea of natural selection was an extremely convenient.4). they are actually each behaving selfishly. But despite this evasion. selfish behaviour. in Sociobiology. such ‘selflessness’ is actually a subtle form of selfishness—it is still. in particular. lucky ‘substitution’ because it held that when you dominated and defeated others you were simply meeting your biological obligations to be a success. the purpose of existence is to selfishly ensure your own survival. Indeed. And. most particularly. As far as Social Darwinists were concerned. why do humans have selfless. as nothing more than a manifestation of this reciprocity-based subtle variety of selfishness. Worker ants and bees. 3). as well as a capacity to be competitive. is that while unconditionally selfless traits normally can’t be developed genetically.v. not all situations in nature are characterised by selfish competition and aggression. then why don’t ants and bees behave selfishly—and. It was E. Wilson was more explicit in his dismissal of our moral nature as being fundamentally selfish. in his famous 1975 book Sociobiology: The New Synthesis. moral instincts? Clearly. including our selfless moral nature. in the case of us humans. we also have an altruistic cooperative. selfless and loving side to our nature. selfishness-is-all-that-is-occurring-in-nature account had supposedly been confirmed. demonstrate extremely selfless. that doesn’t mean that unconditional selflessness is not meaningful in nature. and all other animals.

in 1998. is a limited tool for developing the order or integration of matter. would mean we don’t have unconditionally selfless. p. if it was the case. the instinctive memory of which is our moral self or soul or psyche (from the Greek word psykhe. But given the workers in ant and bee colonies are the offspring of their queen—they are her relatives or kin—the Sociobiology/Evolutionary Psychology explanation of social behaviour could also be described as ‘kin selection’. of Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge. innocent. reciprocity-derived instincts found in many animal species. objectively right. all of which will be explained shortly. ‘In short: “moral guidance” is a euphemism’ (pp. genetics would develop unconditional selflessness if it could. And it was in this broader interpretation of kin selection that the opportunity existed to dishonestly attribute instances of humans behaving in a unconditionally selfless. p. 216). but where it could be argued that the individuals involved are genetically related. who were later corrupted…[but what] Rousseau invented [was] a stunningly inaccurate form of anthropology’ (1998. truly loving. which is how we humans acquired our unconditionally selfless moral instincts. far from being merely ‘a euphemism’. the use of the Sociobiological selfish explanation for the apparently selfless behaviour in social species such as ants and bees to dishonestly dismiss our own moral nature as also being a form of this subtle selfishness became known as the theory of Evolutionary Psychology.) In time. 1871. life. writing that ‘[Jean-Jacques] Rousseau claimed [that humanity] was originally a race of noble savages in a peaceful state of nature. therefore.495). (The reason I have said that genetics can’t ‘normally’ develop unconditional selflessness is because there was one way it could be developed genetically and that was through nurturing. unconditionally selfless. Not long after Wright published his book Wilson returned to the fray with his own publication. Charles Darwin recognised the true—not ‘stunningly inaccurate’—‘nob[ility]’ of our moral nature and its fundamental difference to the subtle forms of selfishness we see practiced by some other animals when he wrote that ‘the moral sense affords the best and highest distinction between man and the lower animals’ (The Descent of Man. whatever sort of rightness is in order’. pre-human-condition state. the natural way to behave. moral way to them selfishly fostering the reproduction of their own genes in the individuals they were helping—which is exactly what Evolutionary Psychologists did. Not that this greater truth stopped human-condition-avoiding. in which he made another direct attack on our species’ wonderful genuinely altruistic. meaning ‘breath. or genetics. mechanistic biologists from using the fact that selfish behaviour is seemingly universal in nature to argue that selfish. It follows then that this kin selection-based explanation for the development of social behaviour in social species like ants and bees could also supposedly be used to explain social behaviour between individuals who are not immediate offspring like the worker ants and bees are. soul’ (Online Etymology Dictionary)).37).World Transformation Movement – The Book of Real Answers to Everything! argue—it simply means that the gene-based refinement or learning system. genuinely moral instincts—they are nothing like the selfish. the 20 . but because of the way it works. self-preservation is. They argued that the moral instincts that incline us to help others are nothing more than an instance of the subtle variety of genetic selfishness that impels an individual to help another in order to indirectly ensure their own genes carry on—which. genuinely moral instincts at all. it normally can’t. Indeed. all-loving.325. peaceful. The truth of course is that. our moral instincts are. as just stated. The fact is. As the science writer Robert Wright wrote in his boldly titled 1994 book The Moral Animal—Why we are the way we are: The new science of evolutionary psychology: ‘What is in our genes’ interests is what seems “right”—morally right. fully altruistic.

it overlooks the fact that our human behaviour involves our unique fully conscious thinking mind. and the moral law within us’. unbribed by toil / They with abundant goods ’midst quiet lands / All willing shared the gathering of their hands. who is our home’ (Intimations of Immortality. But again. For a start. Yes. the ‘Social Darwinism’/‘Sociobiology’/‘Evolutionary Psychology’/‘selfishness-isonly-natural’ explanation for our competitive. not an instinctcontrolled animal condition—our condition is unique to us fully conscious humans. etc. their lives in feasts flowed by…Dying they sank in sleep. selfless and loving. state. harmonious. Descriptions like egocentric. The scientist-philosopher Arthur Koestler pointed out this obvious truth when he said that the murderous. But however obvious this conclusion may seem.What is Science? philosopher Immanuel Kant was so impressed by our truly altruistic moral instincts that he had the following words inscribed on his tomb: ‘there are two things which fill me with awe: the starry heavens above us. nor seemed to die / Theirs was each good. even ‘fallen’ or corrupted. alienated. selfish and aggressive behaviour emerged when we humans became conscious—but again. all-loving. We humans suffer from a consciousness-derived. upsetfree. Our current psychologically troubled. hateful. the eighth century BC Greek poet Hesiod referred to the pre-human-condition-afflicted. cooperative. psychological 21 . for all our mythologies recognise that we humans did once live in an unconditionally selfless. Our instincts are to be cooperative. deluded. you can’t think effectively if you’re lying. p. less-than-ideal. The real issue— the psychological problem in our thinking minds that we have suffered from—is the dilemma of our human condition. 1807). Yes.81. competitive. seemingly-imperfect. that a former sense of oneness…has been lost…everywhere in religion and myth there is an acknowledgment that we have departed from an original…innocence’ (pp. And Darwin and Kant were not unique in their admiration. from God. selfish and aggressive human condition can’t be the real explanation for it. our life’s Star…cometh from afar…trailing clouds of glory do we come. immoral. duplicitous ‘symptoms of the mental disorder which appears to be endemic in our species…are specifically and uniquely human. Thus it seems only logical that our search for explanations [of our human condition] should also concentrate primarily on those attributes of homo sapiens which are exclusively human and not shared by the rest of the animal kingdom. psychological HUMAN CONDITION. integrative-meaning-orientated past existence. it runs counter to the prevailing reductionist…belief that all human activities can be…explained by the behavioural responses of lower animals…That is why the scientific establishment has so pitifully failed to define the predicament of man’ (Janus: A Summing Up. innocent ‘Golden Age’ in our species’ past in his poem Theogony: ‘When gods alike and mortals rose to birth / A golden race the immortals formed on earth…Like gods they lived. For example. mean. the issue of our species’ ‘good-and-evil’-afflicted. with calm untroubled mind / Free from the toils and anguish of our kind / Nor e’er decrepit age misshaped their frame…Strangers to ill. artificial. 82). as that greatest of poets William Wordsworth most beautifully described the instinctive memory that we are born with of a fully cooperative. the life-sustaining soil / Yielded its copious fruits. all imply a consciousness-derived. the instinctive memory of which is our moral soul—as the author Richard Heinberg acknowledged in his 1990 book Memories & Visions of Paradise: ‘Every religion begins with the recognition that human consciousness has been separated from the divine Source. psychological dimension to our behaviour.’ Yes. arrogant.19). to confront that truth we first had to know the real reason why our original instinctive self or soul became corrupted. 1978. Garden-ofEden-like ‘Golden Age’. paranoiac. loving. while it is true that when the need for denial is critical any excuse will do. although relating our consciousness-induced. innocent. and not found in any other species. ‘The Soul that rises with us.

According to Wilson. given we all do intuitively know that what Rousseau. Together they have created the conflict between the poorer and the better angels of our nature’ (ibid. ‘distinct’-from-other-animals. p. As the journalist Bryan Appleyard pointed out about this serious limitation of the kin-selection-based theory of Sociobiology/ Evolutionary Psychology. ‘awe’inspiring. cooperative members supposedly outcompete groups of selfish. a way to solve this problem of the offensiveness of Evolutionary Psychology’s lie that our moral instincts are selfish. Wilson who came to the rescue with a contrived solution. biologists ‘still have a gaping hole in an attempt to explain altruism. And again it was none other than E. ‘Individual selection is responsible for much of what we call sin. aggressive and selfish behaviour.183) (eusociality simply meaning genuine sociality). but took the art of evasive denial to the absolute extreme by also contriving a non-human-condition-confronting explanation of the human condition itself! Known as Multilevel Selection or the ‘Theory of Eusociality’ (ibid. truly altruistic. p. genuinely altruistic nature of our moral soul is true. it is plainly unlikely that I am being prompted to do this because he is a close relation and bears my genes. this theory maintains that humans have instincts derived from natural selection operating at the individual level. ‘life’s Star’ of our species’ Integrative Meaning or ‘God’-aligned. for example. If. amazing. it did serve to relieve humans of the unbearable issue of the human condition while understanding of it was not yet found. ‘moral’ instincts because they are a product of reciprocity and are therefore intrinsically selfish instincts.143) and put forward a new theory that not only contrived a non-human-condition-confronting explanation for our genuinely moral instincts. the ‘selfishness is all that is occurring in nature’ excuse had seemingly been upheld. while group selection is responsible for the greater part of virtue. And the world is full of all sorts of elaborate forms of cooperation which extend far beyond the boundaries of mere relatedness’ (Brave New Worlds: Staying Human in a Genetic Future. Kant. Darwin. Hesiod and Wordsworth said about the unconditionally selfless. a strategy to reproduce our genes. shelter. where members of a species selfishly compete for food. The truth was that kin selection failed to even begin to explain the truly altruistic. 1998. Our moral instincts are unconditionally loving. In 22 . non-cooperative members—with the selfish individual level instincts supposedly being the bad/sinful aspects of our nature. which are not actually unconditionally selfless.112). and instincts derived from natural selection supposedly operating at the group level. in his 2012 book The Social Conquest of Earth—to the dismay of his earlier supporters—Wilson dismissed his previous Sociobiology/Evolutionary Psychology theory as being ‘incorrect’ (p. with the kin-selection-based theory of Sociobiology/Evolutionary Psychology. Clearly. So. Heinberg. ‘moral’ ‘soul’. they are not contingent upon those we help having to share our gene pool. universally selfless.O. HOWEVER. overall. as well as some selfless instincts. In the case of humans it was being claimed that we have brutal savage animal instincts that account for our extremely competitive. where groups of altruistic. territory and a mate. Yes.World Transformation Movement – The Book of Real Answers to Everything! human behaviour to the instinct-controlled behaviour of other animals was a patent lie. it should come as little surprise that a backlash developed against this patent lie that our moral nature is nothing more than a subtle form of selfishness. mechanistic scientists had to find a human-condition-avoiding way to fix this ‘gaping hole’. p. I help a blind man cross the street.241). and the supposed selfless group-selected instincts being the good/ virtuous aspect of our nature.

Before looking at the way in which Multilevel Selection/Eusociality misrepresents— in fact. Wilson merely cites an instance of bonobos hunting in a group. Wilson now asserts that ‘The dilemma of good and evil [the human condition] was created by multilevel selection’ (ibid). you can help me reproduce my genes but I’m not about to help you reproduce yours!’ Any selflessness that might arise through group selection will be constantly exploited by individual selfishness from within the group. as Wilson stated. 9 Sep. While it is true that. standing in stark contrast to Wilson’s proclamation of ‘universal and eternal’ warfare (The Social Conquest of Earth. as has been emphasised. then peacefully merging. consciousness-derived. our moral instincts are not derived from warring with other groups of humans. 2011). can develop self-sacrificing altruistic traits in the first place. but also an extraordinarily gentle. cooperative and peaceful species. such as those of bonobos (Pan paniscus). Wilson has put forward an argument that warring between groups of early humans where extreme cooperation would have been an advantage was a strong enough force to overcome this problem of selfish exploitation and thus allow for the selection of altruism and the emergence of our genuinely moral instincts. The only biological models that have been put forward that appear to overcome this problem of genetic selfishness always prevailing are so complicated and convoluted that they seem implausible. he seems to be saying. our ability to war successfully somehow produced our ability to love unconditionally! However. Yes. but also the evidence gleaned from studies in primatology and anthropology. ‘That’s one more problem out of the way’. p. In summary. psychological aspect of the human condition. Overall then. altruistic trait appears those that are selfish will naturally take advantage of it: ‘Sure. while selfless instincts have been incorporated into the mix to counter 23 .65) are not only the cultural memories enshrined in our myths and religions. as Wilson and his Eusociality theory of group selection would have us believe. avoids—the real. according to Wilson. under scrutiny Wilson’s theory of how we acquired it completely falls apart. truly loving. while groups of altruists beat groups of selfish individuals’ (ibid. p.What is Science? summary. genuinely moral conscience. ‘selfish individuals beat altruistic individuals. As the biologist Jerry Coyne pointed out. But despite the propensity for unconditionally selfless traits to be exploited and thus eliminated. which are not only humans’ closest relatives. universallybenevolent-not-competitive-with-other-groups. then separating back out into new groups—with the altruists somehow banding together into their own groups. the biological stumbling block is whether genes.243). The New York Times. and in the words of some of our most profound thinkers. instincts. while we do have a genuine moral sense. because. fully altruistic. The ‘savage instincts in us’ excuse for our selfish behaviour is entirely inconsistent with the fact that we have completely moral. we have an unconditionally selfless. ‘altruism would be unlikely to override the tendency of each group to quickly lose its altruism through natural selection favoring cheaters’ (‘Can Darwinism improve Binghamton?’. that attest to humans having a peaceful heritage. No. which have to selfishly ensure they reproduce. we need to look at the group selection mechanism that Wilson said accounts for our moral sense. using that ‘evidence’ to draw erroneous comparisons with the more aggressive common chimpanzees. But when discussing bonobos. The genetic reality is that whenever an unconditionally selfless. NOT partially moral and partially savage. for they involve groups warring.

in doing so. We suffer from the consciousness-induced. brutal instincts has been maintained. artificial. live out our lives in conflict and contention’ (The Social Conquest of Earth. It is our fate to be tormented…We. This Ultimate Lie had the potential to seduce the exhausted. but entirely untrue. and we are not selfish because of selfish instincts (which we are not). alienated. ‘Multilevel selection (group and individual selection combined) also explains the conflicted nature of motivations. selfish and aggressive behaviour on supposed selfish. as anticipated in the Lord’s Prayer. this idea that our condition is a result of selfish and selfless instincts within us would mean that unless we change our genes we are. the epitome of shonk/ evasion/ dishonesty/ denial! (Incidentally. p. what Wilson has actually done is not explain the human condition but nullify it. all imply a consciousness-derived. he is burying humanity into the deepest. darkest corner of alienating. as Wilson points out. in finding a way to avoid the truth of our psychologically conflicted condition with a non-psychological ‘clever semblance’ of it. our human behaviour involves our unique fully conscious thinking mind. Every normal person feels the pull of conscience. virtually inconsequential—and. Descriptions of our condition. etc.241)—a fate that is completely inconsistent with one of our central beliefs about the real psychological nature of our condition. ‘intrinsically imperfectible’ (ibid. p. not the instinct-controlled animal condition. Certainly. from where does our selfishness—or what Wilson calls our propensity for evil—come? The answer is that it comes from a psychosis. consciousness-derived-and-induced psychological aspect of our human condition. peaceful] kingdom come. superficial. immoral. dishonest denial the world has ever known! Make no mistake.) So. deluded. arrogant. So. integrative. the same strategy of blaming our competitive. Clever semblance of our conflicted condition. of truth against deception. but it is precisely that seductiveness that is so dangerous. ‘Your [the Godly. And so it is to this psychological dimension to our behaviour that we should look for the cause of our selfishness. of commitment against withdrawal. cooperative.World Transformation Movement – The Book of Real Answers to Everything! Evolutionary Psychology’s offensive denigration of our moral instincts as being nothing more than a manifestation of selfish instincts. mean. He says. which is of it ultimately being able to be psychologically ameliorated or healed. diabolically clever. hateful. if our instincts are wholly peaceful and cooperative (which they are). ideal. psychological human condition. render the issue benign. such as egocentric. providing humans with a ‘get out of jail free’ card—a way to supposedly explain the human condition without having to confront the issue of the extreme psychosis and neurosis of our real human condition—is immensely appealing for the now overly psychologically upset human race. reliefseeking human race to such a degree that it obliterated any chance of the human condition ever being truthfully confronted and thus understood! Indeed.290). your will be done on earth as it is in heaven’ (Matt. 6:10 & Luke 11:2). As pointed out earlier. while denial was necessary while we couldn’t explain ourselves. We now need to look at how Wilson’s Multilevel Selection/Eusociality theory avoids the real. all of us. And yet in Wilson’s psychological-problem-avoiding model our consciousness is merely a mediator between supposed selfish and selfless instincts. taking the art of denial to the extreme that Wilson 24 . of heroism against cowardice. Wilson’s great fake. psychological dimension to our behaviour. deliberately-human-condition-trivialising account of the human condition is the most sophisticated expression of denial to have ever been invented—and thus the most dangerous.

again. the subject of consciousness brought our mind so quickly into contact with the agonisingly depressing issue of the human condition that ‘consciousness’ had become synonymous with—indeed.153). Hollingdale. Anyone who has searched the term ‘consciousness’ will have found it to be a subject cloaked with mystery and confusion. You can’t find the truth with lies—a point the philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer was making when he said. insincere. R. fully accountable and thus true explanation of the human condition is presented shortly. authoritative. The problem. is a truly sinister lie. p. ever since Darwin published his idea of natural selection in 1859 and revealed that instincts are only orientations not understandings. which…stands in the path of truth and is then like a contrary wind driving a ship away from land’ (Essays and Aphorisms. And it is that truthful and thus effective analysis of the human condition that is going to be presented here. So. ‘The discovery of truth is prevented most effectively…by prejudice. desperately avoiding any truths that brought the issue of the human condition into focus. has lived in denial of while the human condition was yet to be explained—which is the nature of consciousness. To explain the human condition required thinking about the human condition from a basis of honesty—particularly about the fact that humans did once live in a completely loving. in fact. escapist existence! Before presenting the truthful. there has been sufficient base information to explain the human condition—and all the other crucial biological questions facing the human race. as has been emphasised. trustworthy science.120). the question ‘what is science?’ was. and it’s not because consciousness is an impenetrably complex subject—it’s because it raised. basically living an immensely artificial. not-trulyaccountable biological theories on human behaviour—the comprehensive description of which can be found in Part 4:12 of the freely-available. superficial. including the scientific establishment. professorial smiles on their faces while all the time lying like demons—like the human race as a whole has been doing. As we will see when the psychosis-addressing-and-solving. as mechanistic/reductionist scientists have been. effective.What is Science? has done with his dismissal of the fundamental issue before us as a species of our human condition as nothing more than two different instincts within us that are sometimes at odds. immensely psychologically upset condition emerged. has been that if you’re committed to living in denial of the human condition. unconditionally selfless state. And. dishonest. online book Freedom Book 1. 1970. real biological explanation of the human condition it is necessary to introduce the third great truth that the human race. deluded. a cry from the heart to know why mechanistic scientists have been lying through their teeth—promenading around with big confident. the unbearable issue of the human condition. 25 . you are in no position to find the truthful explanation of it. In his book Complexity. To illustrate the nature and extent of the difficulty. but there has been a very good reason for this. psychosis-addressing-and-solving. p. with that truthful explanation of the human condition now found. we will finally see the emergence of penetrating. That forms a summary of all the human-condition-avoiding. however. the science writer Roger Lewin described the great difficulty we have had of trying to ‘illuminate the phenomena of consciousness’ as ‘a tough challenge… perhaps the toughest of all’ (1993. In fact.J. and that it was only after the emergence of our conscious mind that our present good-and-evil-afflicted. tr. code for—the problem of the human condition.

intelligent. but. nerves were originally developed for the coordination of movement in animals. and what was the effect of its emergence in humans. fully altruistic. so ruthlessly competitive. humanpsychosis-addressing-and-solving. as mentioned earlier. truly loving. having taken the ‘fruit…from the tree of the knowledge’ (3:3. as it turns out. extraordinarily clever. that we seemingly deserved to be condemned and ‘banished…from the Garden of Eden’ (3:23) as defiling.154). If you can remember past events. a fearful. reconciling. because only by confronting not avoiding the issue of what consciousness is can we arrive at the redeeming explanation of our seemingly-highly-imperfect competitive. psychologically-troubled human condition we learnt to avoid the whole depressing subject of consciousness and the issue it raised of the human condition. you can compare them with current events and identify regularly occurring experiences. But now that we can truthfully explain the human condition. seemingly-imperfect. their ability to store impressions—which is what we refer to as ‘memory’—gave rise to the potential to develop understanding of cause and effect. thinking. So. once developed. genuinely moral instincts? Firstly then. unable—until now—to explain our species’ consciousness-induced. ‘goodand-evil’-afflicted. we can safely present the. selfish and aggressive. knowledge-finding beings—we humans became so destructively behaved. It feels as if I have fallen unexpectedly into a deep whirlpool which tumbles me around so that I can neither stand on the bottom nor swim up to the top’ (p. selfish and brutal that human life has become all but unbearable and we have nearly destroyed our own planet?! No wonder. 2:17) that was ‘desirable for gaining wisdom’ (3:6)—that is. so apparently lacking in ‘wisdom’. Our conscious mind appeared to be to blame for all the devastation and human suffering in the world! That is how ‘serious are the doubts’ that thinking about consciousness produced within us!! Yes. having become fully conscious. unworthy. This knowledge of. simple explanation of consciousness. what is the truthful. as de Chardin anticipated? What is the dreamedof. real biological explanation for our present competitive. what has commonly occurred in the past enables you to predict what is likely to happen in the future and to 26 . Thus. Very briefly. reach the unifying ‘omega point’ in our species’ development. can-get-a-man-on-the-moon animal—is so intelligent and clever about being so competitive. our state of consciousness appeared to be THE great evil influence on Earth. reasoning. beyond that. evil beings! Instead of being wonderful.World Transformation Movement – The Book of Real Answers to Everything! Lewin relayed the philosopher René Descartes’ own disturbed reaction when he tried to ‘contemplate consciousness’: ‘So serious are the doubts into which I have been thrown…that I can neither put them out of my mind nor see any way of resolving them. all-ourmoorings-taken-from-under-us. selfish and aggressive human condition. or insight into. trying to think about consciousness meant trying to understand what—when we humans are the only fully conscious. by so doing. ‘how are we to resolve the planet’s inner conflict between its neurotic self and its real self’ and. redeeming. in fact. rehabilitating and HUMAN-RACE-TRANSFORMING BIOLOGICAL EXPLANATION OF THE HUMAN CONDITION? The fully accountable and thus true explanation of the human condition begins with an analysis of what exactly consciousness is. as it says in Genesis. Yes. what is the truthful biological explanation for the origin of our human species’ unconditionally selfless. human-condition-confronting-not-avoiding. selfish and aggressive human condition? And. ‘deep whirlpool’ of terrible depression awaited us if we thought about consciousness.

thinking. up until then. or intelligent about. which. Until the conscious mind found the redeeming understanding of why it had to defy the instincts (namely the scientific understanding of the difference in the way genes and nerves process information. and unable to understand and thus explain why its experiments in self-adjustment were necessary. but the instincts—being in effect ‘unaware’ or ‘ignorant’ of the intellect’s need to carry out these experiments— ‘opposed’ any understanding-produced deviations from the established instinctive orientations: they ‘criticised’ and ‘tried to stop’ the conscious mind’s necessary search for knowledge. the relationship between events that occur through time. learn to understand and become CONSCIOUS of. Once insights into the nature of change are put into effect. had been controlling our lives. or aware of. the effect of which was the extremely competitive. with no choice but to defy that opposition 27 . once our self-adjusting intellect emerged it was capable of taking over the management of our lives from the instinctive orientations we had acquired through the natural selection of genetic traits that adapted us to our environment. Predictions are compared with outcomes and so on. in effect challenging the role of the already established instinctual self. the conscious intellect had no way of refuting the implicit criticism from the instincts even though it knew it was unjust.’ But such a deviation from the migratory flight path would naturally result in the instincts resisting the deviation. The bird is following an instinctive flight path acquired over thousands of generations of natural selection. the intellect could not afford to give in to the instincts. our conscious intellect was then in a position to wrest control from our gene-based learning system’s instincts. imagine what would happen if we put a fully conscious mind on the head of a migrating bird. that a terrible battle broke out between our instincts and intellect. and such refinement occurred in the human brain. However. but it now has a conscious mind that needs to understand how to behave. and the only way it can acquire that understanding is by experimenting in understanding—for example. selfish and aggressive state that we call the human condition. To elaborate. that one is an orientating learning system while the other is an insightful learning system). To illustrate the situation. leaving the conscious intellect in a serious dilemma: if it obeys its instincts it will not feel ‘criticised’ by its instincts but neither will it find knowledge. the intellect was left having to endure a psychologically distressed. Obviously.What is Science? adjust your behaviour accordingly. when our intellect began to exert itself and experiment in the management of life from a basis of understanding. Basically. it was at this juncture. ‘I’ll fly down to that island and have a rest. Thus consciousness means being sufficiently aware of how experiences are related to attempt to manage change from a basis of understanding. refining the insights further. a battle unavoidably broke out between the instinctive self and the newer conscious self. when our conscious intellect emerged it was neither suitable nor sustainable for it to be orientated by instincts—it had to find understanding to operate effectively and fulfil its great potential to manage life. Our intellect began to experiment in understanding as the only means of discovering the correct and incorrect understandings for managing existence. What is so significant about this process is that once our nerve-based learning system became sufficiently developed for us to become conscious and able to effectively manage events. the self-modified behaviour starts to provide feedback. HOWEVER. when our conscious intellect challenged our instincts for control. nerves can sufficiently associate information to reason how experiences are related. Much developed. upset condition.

all our upset angry. split-selvesreconciled. We became ego-centric. soul-resuscitated. which is the dictionary definition of ‘ego’. totally TRANSFORMING— about this explanation of the human condition is that we can finally appreciate that there was a very good reason for our consciousness-induced angry. 28 . Yes. Finally. such as in the Garden of Eden story. selfless and loving. alienated and egocentric behaviour—in fact. yet ignorant. state. and attempt to prove the instincts’ unjust criticism wrong. competitive and aggressive. corrupted state. omega-point-achieved. 2009. religion and science. No. because this explanation of our consciousness-induced human condition is redeeming and thus rehabilitating. try to deny or block from its mind the instincts’ unjust criticism. as Jung said it would. Part 2:2). From being competitive. Our round of departure has ended. the human race moves from a consciousness-condemned. human-condition-free state. became ‘centred’ or focused on the need to justify itself. The poet T. our instinct and intellect. science has finally enabled us to lift the so-called ‘burden of guilt’ from the human race. human-conditionafflicted state to a consciousness-exonerated. in fact. it heals and by so doing ends it. and back to an uncorrupted. selfish and aggressive. self-centred or selfish. neurosis-free. What is so exonerating. We can now see that our conscious mind was NOT the evil villain it has so long been portrayed as. alienated and egocentric human-condition-afflicted state appeared. The only forms of defiance available to the conscious intellect were to attack the instincts’ unjust criticism. even ego-gone-mad-with-murderous-anger for having to live with so much unjust criticism.S. Our ‘conscious thinking self’. human-condition-afflicted existence finally enables the human race to be healed and thus TRANSFORMED—it makes us ‘whole’ again. to understand that we conscious humans are actually nothing less than the heroes of the story of life on Earth! This is because our fully conscious mind is surely nature’s greatest invention and to have had to endure the torture of being unjustly condemned as evil for so long (the anthropological evidence indicates we humans have been fully conscious for some two million years) must make us the absolute heroes of the story of life on Earth. egocentric and alienated behaviour now subsides. bringing about the complete TRANSFORMATION OF THE HUMAN RACE—and importantly. Finding the exonerating. but this time enlightened. Eliot wonderfully articulated our species’ journey from an original innocent. preoccupied with aggressively competing for opportunities to prove we are good and not bad—we unavoidably became selfish. redeeming understanding of our dark. but egoinfuriated. To quote Professor Harry Prosen. soul-devastated. greatest of all breakthroughs in science: ‘I have no doubt this biological explanation of the human condition is the holy grail of insight we have sought for the psychological rehabilitation of the human race’ (Freedom Book 1. are all reconciled—de Chardin’s ‘omega point’ has been reached! And BEST OF ALL. we can now see why we have not just been ego-centric. rehabilitating and healing—in fact. humans return to being cooperative. In short—and to return to our human situation because we were the species that acquired the fully conscious mind—the psychologically upset angry. understanding of the human condition doesn’t condone ‘bad’ behaviour. psychologically troubled. state when he wrote. on this dreamed-of. the integrative meaning of life and the inconsistency of our behaviour with that meaning. God and man. 1942). a former president of the Canadian Psychiatric Association. to a psychologically upset ‘fallen’.World Transformation Movement – The Book of Real Answers to Everything! from the instincts. ‘We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time’ (Little Gidding.

there was one way such unconditional selflessness could develop. In most species. warmth. the unconditionally selfless behaviour will become instinctive—a moral soul will be established. However. from an observer’s point of view the nurturing appears to be unconditionally selfless behaviour. The mother is giving her offspring food. that infant will grow into an adult who behaves unconditionally selflessly. that humans differ in their degrees of alienation or loss of innocence. selfish and aggressive human condition we can now safely present the truthful biological explanation for how we acquired our original unconditionally selfless. genetic traits normally have to be) because through a mother’s nurturing and fostering of offspring who carry her genes her genetic traits for nurturing are selfishly ensuring their reproduction into the next generation. as mentioned. universally benevolent. Apply this training across all the members of that infant’s group and the result is an unconditionally selflessly behaved. which gives them little opportunity to be trained 29 . as stated. fully integrated society. as pointed out. truly loving. And then. with enough training in unconditional selflessness. for example. finally. have to be capable of independent flight almost as soon as they are born. fifth and sixth unconfrontable truths: that humans once lived in a cooperative state. fully altruistic. with this training in unconditional selflessness occurring over many generations. Genes will inevitably follow and reinforce any development process—in this they are not selective. The difficulty is in getting the development of unconditional selflessness to occur in the first place. unconditional selflessness. For a species to develop nurturing—to develop this method for overcoming the gene-based learning system’s seeming inability to develop unconditional selflessness—it required the capacity to allow its offspring to remain in the infancy stage long enough for the infant’s brain to become trained or indoctrinated with unconditional selflessness or love. The infant’s brain is therefore being trained or indoctrinated or inscribed with unconditional selflessness and so. support and protection for apparently nothing in return. that nurturing played the allimportant role in both the maturation of our species and in the maturation of our own lives. which means the trait is. intrinsically selfish. thus ensuring its continuation from generation to generation. shelter. an animal behaves selflessly on the condition it will be treated selflessly in return. This point is most significant because it means from the infant’s perspective its mother is treating it with real love. cooperative. genuinely moral instinctive self or soul—and thus admit the fourth. fully altruistic. and that was through nurturing—a mother’s maternal instinct to care for her offspring. while nurturing is a genetically selfish trait. Genetic traits for nurturing are intrinsically selfish (which. genuinely moral instinctive self or soul? How can such instinctive behaviour possibly develop when the fundamental biological assumption is that unconditionally selfless instinctive traits cannot develop genetically because selfsacrificing traits tend to self-eliminate and for a trait to develop and become established in a species it needs to reproduce and carry on? The most selflessness that can seemingly be developed genetically is reciprocity. for once it is regularly occurring it will naturally become instinctive over time. Zebras. So. infancy has to be kept as brief as possible because of the infant’s extreme vulnerability to predators. where. The question for biology is how could we humans have developed an unconditionally selfless. how did humans develop unconditionally selfless instincts? While selfeliminating genetic traits apparently cannot develop in animals. and.What is Science? Having finally found the exonerating and human-race-transforming explanation for our competitive.

and that is how we acquired our unconditionally selfless. until we could truthfully explain the good reason humans became embattled with the human condition and thus unable to adequately nurture their children it has been psychologically unbearable to admit that it wasn’t tool use or language development or mastery of fire. you can’t hope to think truthfully and thus effectively if you’re lying. however.198). The exceptionally maternal. is the truthful theme or meaning of existence. instinctive self or soul. In truth. Thus. peaceful bonobo chimpanzee species provide a living example of a species in the midst of developing this training-in-love process. but nurturing that gave us our moral soul and made us human—as has been said. The question still to be answered is why was it that humans acquired a fully conscious mind while other species didn’t? The answer is explained in Part 8:4C of Freedom Book 1. the nature vs nurture debate has really been about defensively trying to argue against the importance of nurturing in the lives of our children. moral soul—and admit that Rousseau was right when he said. Yes. Cole. as Carl Jung described our shared-by-everyone instinctive self or soul.D. Yes. this training in unconditional selflessness had an accidental by-product: it produced brains trained to think selflessly and thus truthfully and thus effectively and thus become ‘conscious’ of the relationship of events that occur through time. 1913. As we have seen with denial-practicing. mechanistic scientists. ‘people would rather admit to being an axe murderer than being a bad father or mother’ (Sun-Herald. and thus the greater the selection for arms-freed. So nurturing is how we acquired our born-with.H. Book IV. we can now also understand why and when we began to walk upright: the longer infancy is delayed. etc. human-conditionavoiding. The Origin of Inequality.World Transformation Movement – The Book of Real Answers to Everything! in selflessness. ‘life’s Star’ of our species’ integrative meaning or ‘God’-aligned. arboreal heritage. that we can safely admit the critical part nurturing played both in the emergence of our species and in our own lives. egocentric and psychotic and neurotic alienated lives. fully cooperative society to develop. our soul or psyche did 30 . which means they were especially facilitated for prolonging their offspring’s infancy and thus developing unconditionally selfless behaviour. ‘collective unconscious’. but very briefly. In the case of primates. ‘nothing is more gentle than man in his primitive state’ (The Social Contract and Discourses. matriarchal. Selfishness-practicing species have an emerging mind that is dishonestly orientated. fully altruistic. and in fact the early appearance of bipedalism in the fossil record of our ancestors is now being found. Understandably. sound love all but impossible. Other species who can’t develop unconditional selflessness can’t think truthfully and thus effectively because unconditional selflessness. 7 July 2002). it is only now that we can truthfully explain the human condition that we can afford to tell the real story of how we acquired the ‘distinct’-from-other-animals. It is only now that we can explain why we developed such upset angry. p. being already semi-upright as a result of their tree-living. through nurturing we acquired our moral instinctive self or soul. which means it can never make sense of experience and thus never become conscious. G. however. the ‘voice’ of which is our moral ‘conscience’. which unavoidably made nurturing our children with real. their arms were semi-freed from walking and thus available to hold a helpless infant. while mothers’ training of their infants in unconditional selflessness enabled an unconditionally selflessly behaved. the more and longer infants had to be held. upright walking—which means bipedalism must have developed early in this nurturing of love process. It was our distant primate ancestors who perfected the process. ‘awe’-inspiring. which they are unable to recognise. etc. In light of this. 1755. swinging-from-branch-to-branch. tr. a mind that is alienated from the truth. cooperatively behaved.

Tragically. however. 2002). Naturally. To now describe the sixth great truth that the human race has had to live in denial of while we couldn’t explain the human condition. Our instinct and intellect are reconciled—this is the end of our psychosis or soul-illness (from psyche meaning ‘soul’ and osis meaning ‘abnormal state or condition’ (Dictionary. the existence 31 . because we had to repress and deny it for its unjust condemnation of us—but no more. the denial of differences in alienation between humans— science has provided us with more insights into the behaviour of elephants. Late Night Live. heroic reason for upset. While such differentiation was an understandable and inevitable outcome of life under the duress of the human condition. 25 Feb. ABC Radio.D. or the extreme injustice of the apartheid policy of racial segregation that was upheld until only recently in South Africa. a subterranean part of our conscious mind. any acknowledgement of that differentiation between humans only led to the prejudiced view of some individuals. The fact is. In science. race. with understanding of the human condition now found. as Professor Prosen said. as the United States’ Declaration of Independence asserts—we can now explain. he made the ‘academic experts’ ‘absolutely berserk with rage’ (ibid)! Relievingly. our species’ ‘psychological rehabilitation’ can now begin. generations. than others—the consequence of which were atrocities like the Holocaust. So while humans have obviously differed in their degrees of upset—even differed in how instinctively adapted to upset they became. Humanity no longer has to rely on dogmatic assertions that ‘all men are created equal’ because it is a ‘self-evident’ truth. any acknowledgement of differences in upset between humans simply had to be denied. the denial of the differences in the innocence of races was so extreme that when Sir Laurens van der Post dared to speak of the relative innocence of the Bushmen people of the Kalahari in his many books. especially so-called ‘racist’ views of some races being deemed either superior or inferior to others. all humans are equally good because upset was a result of an unavoidable and necessary battle. civilisations and even cultures as being better or worse. and groups of humans. Jones. egocentric and alienated as the upsetting search for knowledge developed. than it has about our own species’ behaviour. and of tiny little insects like tree-hoppers. it was only through acknowledging such great truths as Integrative Meaning.com)). within that overall situation. humans. and the end of our neurosis or intellect-illness (our neuron or nerve based intellect is freed from upsetting condemnation). such denial became farcical. until we could explain the human condition. In the end. which is the existence of different degrees of alienation amongst humans.F. The overall situation is that the human race started out in an innocent-of-upset cooperative. varied in the degree they encountered the upsetting battle to find knowledge and how upset they became as a result of that exposure. superior or inferior.What is Science? indeed become ‘unconscious’. countries. amongst other lies. explain the good. selfless and loving state but became increasingly angry. genders. such as when the children’s nursery rhyme Baa Black Sheep was said to be racist and should instead be recited as ‘Baa baa rainbow sheep’ (J. While all humans are variously upset. such as becoming instinctively cynical and selfish—to mitigate the risk of dangerous prejudice developing. the essential equality of everyone’s goodness is finally established and the denial of differences in alienation amongst people obsolete. understand and know that our equality is a fundamental truth. because of our monumental insecurity about our human condition—which led to.

12).) As just demonstrated.worldtransformation.com/real-answers and/or Watch videos on the biological explanation of the human condition and the dreamed-of TRANSFORMATION of the human race that it brings about at www.worldtransformation.D. All rights reserved. THUS ENABLING THE DREAMED-OF TRANSFORMATION OF THE HUMAN RACE! (Note: Much more is explained about the six great unconfrontable truths in Part 4:4 of Freedom Book 1. in response to that exasperated plea to know ‘what is science?. with understanding of the human condition found ALL the great issues finally become explainable. liberating understanding of ourselves could be found.com and/or Read Freedom. the true nature of consciousness. See also: Human condition —What is love?— Soul — Conscience — Good vs Evil —What is the meaning of life?— Is there a God?— Our ego and egocentric lives — How can we save the world?— Consciousness — Human nature — Why do people lie? For a book of these explanations to keep or give to others.worldtransformation. that the all-important. featuring a Foreword by Professor Harry Prosen. ‘why can’t it save us?’. and the differences in alienation between people. the fact that our species once lived in a cooperative. we can now say that SCIENCE HAS FINALLY DELIVERED US FROM THE HORROR OF THE HUMAN CONDITION. Again. the psychologist R. Referring specifically to the truth of our different states of alienation. The realization of this is the essential springboard for any serious reflection on any aspect of present inter-human life’ (The Politics of Experience and The Bird of Paradise. print The Book of Real Answers to Everything! by Jeremy Griffith. www. the importance of nurturing in our upbringing. at www. all the great truths that have historically had to be denied can at last be safely admitted and a truthful world of compassionate. Finally.worldtransformation. Laing made this point about the need for honesty when he wrote that ‘Our alienation goes to the roots. at www. relieving and thus transforming understanding of ourselves emerge.World Transformation Movement – The Book of Real Answers to Everything! of the human condition.com/freedom Copyright © Fedmex Pty Ltd (ACN 096 099 286) 2011-2013. loving state. p. the definitive book on the world-transforming explanation of the human condition. it is of the greatest importance and relief that with understanding of the human condition at last found. 1967.com/real-answers . human-race-saving.

planets and galaxies. 1964). real explanation of it. this ‘order’ IS apparent everywhere. selfish and aggressive. redeeming and thus psychologically rehabilitating. MOST WONDERFULLY. real explanation of the human condition. so seemingly unloving. biology is now finally able to provide the dreamed-of reconciling. the following scientific answer to ‘what is love’ makes it very clear why it hasn’t been possible—until now—to admit that love is actually unconditional selflessness. 2011 “love. dishonest account of the human condition that the biologist E. what is happening on Earth is that matter is becoming ordered into larger wholes. Over the eons a chaotic universe organised itself into stars. Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein. 3:14) The answer is that love is ‘unconditional selflessness’. however. Sydney Morning Herald. ‘Holism’. 5th edn. trivialising. human-race-transforming explanation of our seemingly-unloving human condition. PBS. but the psychosis-addressing-and-solving. Yes. Here on Earth. (And it should be mentioned that this explanation of our species’ deeply psychologically troubled condition is not the psychosis-avoiding. human-racetransforming. that ‘The overwhelming impression is of order…[in] the universe’ (‘The Time of His Life’. which is defined . It follows then that the real issue behind the question of ‘what is love’ has been the issue of the human condition. Gregory Benford.O. atoms became ordered or integrated to form molecules → which in turn integrated to form compounds → virus-like organisms → single-celled organisms → multicellular organisms → and then societies of multicellular organisms. 2002). Wilson has put forward in his theory of Eusociality. The world’s greatest physicists. Overall. respectively. psychologically rehabilitating.) Before presenting the all-important. which the dictionary defines as ‘the tendency in nature to form wholes’ (Concise Oxford Dictionary. So the theme or purpose or meaning of life is the ordering or integration or complexification of matter. have said. a process that is driven by the physical law of Negative Entropy. thus allowing us to safely admit that love is unconditional selflessness.What is Love? Written by Australian biologist Jeremy Griffith. BUT that is a truth we couldn’t safely admit until we could explain the HUMAN CONDITION —explain WHY our human behaviour has often been so competitive. which binds them all together in perfect unity” (Col. 1997). and ‘teleology’. and that ‘behind everything is an order’ (Einstein Revealed. 28 Apr.

and if we include more of what Hawking and Einstein said we can see that they both agree. selfish and brutal that human life has become all but unbearable and we have nearly destroyed our own planet! Far from being loving and lovable. on a more profound level. In this sense. I have come to realise that behind everything is an order that we glimpse only indirectly [because it’s unbearably confronting/condemning!]. I am a religious man’ (Einstein Revealed. ‘God-fearing’—in fact. as it says in the Bible. the problem was that until we could explain the human condition we couldn’t afford to demystify ‘God’ as Integrative Meaning and admit that love is unconditional selflessness. that one lay down his life for his friends. one could say that this order was the work of God. It is little wonder then that we humans have been. 13:1–13. see Col. So. It’s the glue that holds the world together. Of these biblical references. Einstein: ‘over time. if we consider religious terminology. This is religiousness. and. so much so that it has not been able to offer an interpretation of ‘love’ despite it being one of humanity’s most used. Indeed. selfishness is divisive or disintegrative while selflessness is integrative.World Transformation Movement – The Book of Real Answers to Everything! as ‘the belief that purpose and design are a part of nature’ (Macquarie Dictionary. the more we find that it is governed by rational laws. Einstein thought so…We could call order by the name of God’ (‘The Time of His Life’. in fact.’ In John 15:13 we also see that Christ emphasised the unconditionally selfless significance of the word ‘love’ when he said. 1 Cor. Hawking: ‘The overwhelming impression is of order. 1989). 10:24. If one liked. not serious. The more we discover about the universe. the concept of ‘God’ is actually our personification of the truth of the integrative. ‘God is love’ (1 John 4:8. which fortunately we now can— before it would be psychologically safe to confront. PBS. So consider-others-above-yourself. ‘Greater love has no-one than this. selfish and aggressive—in fact. ‘I would use the term God as the embodiment of the laws of physics’ (Master of the Universe. 1997). which binds them all together in perfect unity. which means charity or giving or selflessness. 1998). the old Christian word for love was ‘caritas’. Gregory Benford. and it is. In fact. what we mean by the term ‘love’. selfless. Sydney Morning Herald. for being so ruthlessly competitive. as we say. not appropriate for 34 . 3rd edn. which is why we had to explain WHY humans have not been ideally behaved—explain the human condition no less. however. God-revering to the point of being God-worshipping—not God-confronting! Not surprisingly. valued and meaningful words! The linguist Robin Allott gave this succinct summary of the excuses that have traditionally been used by the scientific establishment to avoid the question of ‘what is love’: ‘Love has been described as a taboo subject. 2002). are both terms that recognise this integrative ‘tendency’. 3:14. 16). BBC. Again. UNCONDITIONAL SELFLESSNESS is the underlying theme of existence. Colossians 3:14 perfectly summarises the integrative significance of love: ‘And over all these virtues put on love. and John 15:13. loving meaning of life. 28 Apr. admit and accept that the answer to ‘what is the meaning of love’ is that it is to be integrative and unconditionally selfless. evil or unworthy for being divisive competitive. with acknowledging and accepting this answer to ‘what is love?’ is that it left humans feeling unbearably condemned as bad. A vital part of this integrative ordering of matter is selflessness because for a larger whole to form and hold together the parts of that whole must consider the welfare of the whole above their own welfare—put simply. altruistic. we seemed to have been unloving and unlovable.’ The great problem. mechanistic science has also had to comply with this avoidance of the question of ‘what is love’.

It is also valid for the road which our spirit should be building now for crossing the historical abyss that still separates us from a truly contemporary vision of life. True compassion was ultimately the only means by which peace and love could come to our planet. p. one nation and another. the REAL need and cause on Earth has been to find the means to love the dark side of ourselves. we abandon ourselves to the dream of a human-condition-free. ameliorated. and the increase of life and meaning that awaits us in the future’ (ibid.353-370). One day there had to be. even ‘fallen’ or corrupted condition could allow us to cross ‘the historical abyss’ that ‘separate[d] us’ from a ‘compassion[ate]’.4. ideal relationship).What is Love? scientific study’ (‘Evolutionary Aspects of Love and Empathy’. make us ‘whole’. p. 1992. it now finally has been! Yes. cruelty. online book Freedom Book 1. Indeed. to bring understanding to that aspect of our make-up. but it could only be achieved through understanding. one culture and another. No. the concept of ‘unselfish love’ took us far too close to the truth that love is the integrative. to quote The Rolling Stones. Indeed. we had to find ‘true understanding’ of the ‘nature and origin’ of the ‘dark forces’ in human nature. trivialising. The famous psychoanalyst Carl Jung was forever saying that ‘wholeness for humans depends on the ability to own their own shadow’ because he recognised that only finding understanding of our dark. specifically romantic love. dishonest account of it that E. ‘meaning[ful]’ view of ourselves. fully integrated state with another person (as we say. ‘sympathy for the devil’—one day. of finding understanding of our human condition.15. real explanation of it. 2004).000 scientific studies have been published on depression and schizophrenia (the negative aspects of human nature). 1976. The pre-eminent philosopher Sir Laurens van der Post was making the same point when he said. Yes.) Romantic Love: Regarding other aspects of the question of ‘what is love’. the evasion has been of such a scale that ‘more than 100. rehabilitating and thus transforming explanation of the human condition would one day be found—which.O. trust and in fact belief of the human race has been that redeeming. faith. Feb. most relievingly. ‘True love is love of the difficult and unlovable’ (Journey Into Russia. 1964. Vol. greed and indifference] could we defeat those dark forces with a true understanding of their nature and origin’ (Jung and the Story of Our Time. pp. we ‘fall in love’.145) and that ‘Only by understanding how we were all a part of the same contemporary pattern [of wars. Journal of Social and Evolutionary Systems. Wilson put forward in his theory of Eusociality. is finally here! (Again. only ‘true understanding of the nature and origin’ of our species’ ‘good-and-evil’-afflicted. Yes. truthful. the great hope.24). the ‘future’ that Jung and van der Post looked forward to. ‘Godly’ theme or meaning of existence! We had to first explain our less-than-ideally-behaved human condition before we could confront it. unconditionally selfless. it has to be stressed that this explanation of our deeply psychologically troubled condition is not the psychosis-avoiding. reconciled. 35 . but no more than a dozen good studies have been published on unselfish love’ (Science & Theology News. p. see the explanation provided in Part 7:1 of the freely-available. So while there has certainly been much talk of the need to love each other and to love the environment. unloving side could end our underlying insecurity about our fundamental goodness and worth as humans and. Drawing again from the writings of van der Post: ‘Compassion leaves an indelible blueprint of the recognition that life so sorely needs between one individual and another. but the psychosis-addressing-and-solving. the dream of living in an unconditionally loving. in so doing.29).

can’t be the real explanation for our competitive. immoral. NOT savage instincts. human-condition-addressing rather than human-conditionavoiding. (A brief description of the theories of Social Darwinism. truthful explanation of our seemingly-unloving. hateful. Evolutionary Psychology. And nor are they derived from warring with other groups of humans as advocates of the theory of Eusociality would have us believe. the issue of our species’ ‘good-and-evil’-afflicted. Sociobiology. p. Our original instinctive state was the opposite of being competitive. the point being made here is that the savage-instincts-in-us excuse is completely inconsistent with the fact that we have genuine and entirely moral instincts. Multilevel Selection and E. fully altruistic trait is going to self-eliminate and thus not ever be able to become established in a species is briefly explained in the above-mentioned What is Science? article. state. selfless and loving. truly loving. territory and a mate. not an instinctcontrolled animal condition—our condition is unique to us fully conscious humans. We humans suffer from a consciousness-derived. selfish and aggressive behaviour is that it overlooks the fact that we humans have altruistic. selfish and aggressive behaviour? The answer begins with an analysis of consciousness. what is the truthful. we have invented excuses to justify our species’ seemingly-unloving. deluded. Wilson’s Eusociality and basically argues that ‘genes are competitive and selfish and that’s why we are’. Multilevel Selection and Eusociality that blame our divisive behaviour on savage instincts rather than on a consciousness-derived psychosis is presented in the What is Science? article in this. 1871. biological explanation of our species’ present seemingly-highly-imperfect. psychological HUMAN CONDITION. artificial. mean. Sociobiology. from situations where you only do something for others in return for a benefit from them. selfish and aggressive behaviour. cooperative. Evolutionary Psychology. we have an unconditionally selfless. Charles Darwin recognised the difference in our moral nature when he said that ‘the moral sense affords the best and highest distinction between man and the lower animals’ (The Descent of Man. genuinely moral conscience.O. No. competitive.495). shelter. fully altruistic. The real issue—the psychological problem in our thinking minds that we have suffered from—is the dilemma of our human condition. and more fully explained in Part 8:4 of Freedom Book 1—however.) The second reason the savage-instincts-in-us excuse can’t possibly be the real explanation for our divisive. loving moral instincts—what we recognise as our ‘conscience’—and these moral instincts in us are not derived from reciprocity. with the complete account provided in Part 4:12 of Freedom Book 1.World Transformation Movement – The Book of Real Answers to Everything! So. it overlooks the fact that our human behaviour involves our unique fully conscious thinking mind. which has been put forward in the biological theories of Social Darwinism. 36 . psychological dimension to our behaviour. less-than-ideal. humancondition-afflicted behaviour that at last makes it safe to admit that love is unconditional selflessness? Certainly. the main one being that we have savage animal instincts that make us fight and compete for food. (How we humans acquired unconditionally selfless moral instincts when it would seem that an unconditionally selfless. arrogant. selfish and aggressive: it was fully cooperative. Of course. competitive. redeeming and thus psychologically healing. as Evolutionary Psychologists would have us believe. The Book of Real Answers to Everything!. selfish and aggressive behaviour. even ‘fallen’ or corrupted. what is the wonderful. universallyconsiderate-of-others-not-competitive-with-other-groups. this ‘explanation’. Firstly. etc. Descriptions like egocentric.) So. reconciling. all imply a consciousness-derived. breakthrough. alienated.

What is Love? Very briefly. a battle unavoidably broke out between the instinctive self and the newer conscious self. Predictions are compared with outcomes and so on. To elaborate. our conscious intellect was then in a position to wrest control from our gene-based learning system’s instincts. or aware of. and such refinement occurred in the human brain. refining the insights further. or intelligent about. HOWEVER. ‘I’ll fly down to that island and have a rest. their ability to store impressions—which is what we refer to as ‘memory’—gave rise to the potential to develop understanding of cause and effect. nerves can sufficiently associate information to reason how experiences are related. up until then. However. once developed.’ But such a deviation from the migratory flight path would naturally result in the instincts resisting the deviation. but it now has a conscious mind that needs to understand how to behave. Much developed. imagine what would happen if we put a fully conscious mind on the head of a migrating bird. what has commonly occurred in the past enables you to predict what is likely to happen in the future and to adjust your behaviour accordingly. What is so significant about this process is that once our nerve-based learning system became sufficiently developed for us to become conscious and able to effectively manage events. but. Thus consciousness means being sufficiently aware of how experiences are related to attempt to manage change from a basis of understanding. but the instincts—being in effect ‘unaware’ or ‘ignorant’ of the intellect’s need to carry out these experiments— ‘opposed’ any understanding-produced deviations from the established instinctive orientations: they ‘criticised’ and ‘tried to stop’ the conscious mind’s necessary search for knowledge. in effect challenging the role of the already established instinctual self. Once insights into the nature of change are put into effect. when our intellect began to exert itself and experiment in the management of life from a basis of understanding. This knowledge of. the conscious intellect had no way of refuting the 37 . the self-modified behaviour starts to provide feedback. which. when our conscious intellect emerged it was neither suitable nor sustainable for it to be orientated by instincts—it had to find understanding to operate effectively and fulfil its great potential to manage life. Our intellect began to experiment in understanding as the only means of discovering the correct and incorrect understandings for managing existence. the effect of which was the extremely competitive. it was at this juncture. nerves were originally developed for the coordination of movement in animals. the intellect could not afford to give in to the instincts. To illustrate the situation. once our self-adjusting intellect emerged it was capable of taking over the management of our lives from the instinctive orientations we had acquired through the natural selection of genetic traits that adapted us to our environment. when our conscious intellect challenged our instincts for control. and the only way it can acquire that understanding is by experimenting in understanding—for example. The bird is following an instinctive flight path acquired over thousands of generations of natural selection. that a terrible battle broke out between our instincts and intellect. thinking. the relationship between events that occur through time. leaving the conscious intellect in a serious dilemma: if it obeys its instincts it will not feel ‘criticised’ by its instincts but neither will it find knowledge. Basically. Obviously. selfish and aggressive state that we call the human condition. learn to understand and become CONSCIOUS of. or insight into. and unable to understand and thus explain why its experiments in self-adjustment were necessary. had been controlling our lives. you can compare them with current events and identify regularly occurring experiences. If you can remember past events.

And BEST OF ALL. yet ignorant. Until the conscious mind found the redeeming understanding of why it had to defy the instincts (namely the scientific understanding of the difference in the way genes and nerves process information. From being competitive. even ego-gone-mad-with-murderous-anger for having to live with so much unjust criticism. state. as Jung said it would. humans return to being cooperative. upset condition. psychologically upset. 3:3. preoccupied with aggressively competing for opportunities to prove we are good and not bad—we unavoidably became selfish. a former president of the Canadian Psychiatric 38 . seeminglyunlovable. in fact. because this explanation of the human condition is redeeming and thus rehabilitating. The poet T. 3:23) of our original innocent.S. aggressive and competitive. Eliot wonderfully articulated our species’ journey from an original innocent. with no choice but to defy that opposition from the instincts. self-centred or selfish. science has finally enabled us to lift the so-called ‘burden of guilt’ from the human race. Our ‘conscious thinking self’. we can now see why we have not just been ego-centric. understanding of the human condition doesn’t condone ‘bad’ behaviour. finding the exonerating. We can now see that our conscious mind was NOT the evil villain it has so long been portrayed as—such as in the Bible where Adam and Eve are demonised and ‘banished…from the Garden of Eden’ (Gen. Yes. moral state for taking the ‘fruit…from the tree of knowledge’ (ibid. conscious humans are actually nothing less than the heroes of the story of life on Earth! This is because our fully conscious mind is surely nature’s greatest invention and to have had to endure the torture of being unjustly condemned as evil for so long (the anthropological evidence indicates we humans have been fully conscious for some two million years) must make us the absolute heroes of the story of life on Earth. 1942). but ego-infuriated. try to deny or block from its mind the instincts’ unjust criticism. to understand that we thinking. selfless and loving. In short—and to return to our human situation because we were the species that acquired the fully conscious mind—the psychologically upset angry. allloving. alienated and egocentric human-condition-afflicted state appeared. human-condition-afflicted existence finally enables the human race to be healed and thus TRANSFORMED—it makes us ‘whole’ again.World Transformation Movement – The Book of Real Answers to Everything! implicit criticism from the instincts even though it knew it was unjust. alienated and egocentric behaviour—in fact. egocentric and alienated behaviour now subsides. which is the dictionary definition of ‘ego’. corrupted state. the intellect was left having to endure a psychologically distressed. Our round of departure has ended. ‘knowledge’-finding. selfish and aggressive. but this time enlightened. bringing about the complete TRANSFORMATION OF THE HUMAN RACE—and importantly. the integrative meaning of life and the inconsistency of our behaviour with that meaning. ‘We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time’ (Little Gidding. are all reconciled. became ‘centred’ or focused on the need to justify itself. all our upset angry. redeeming understanding of our dark. and back to an uncorrupted. To quote Professor Harry Prosen. Finally. our instinct and intellect. to a psychologically upset ‘fallen’. and attempt to prove the instincts’ unjust criticism wrong. 2:17). No. God and man. rehabilitating and healing about this explanation of the human condition is that we can finally appreciate that there was a very good reason for our angry. our loving and seemingly unloving states. The only forms of defiance available to the conscious intellect were to attack the instincts’ unjust criticism. that one is an orientating learning system while the other is an insightful learning system). it heals and by so doing ends it. We became ego-centric. religion and science. What is so exonerating. state when he wrote.

What is Love? Association. greatest of all breakthroughs in science: ‘I have no doubt this biological explanation of the human condition is the holy grail of insight we have sought for the psychological rehabilitation of the human race’ (Freedom Book 1.worldtransformation. Part 2:2). www. 2009. with understanding of the human condition found ALL the great issues finally become explainable. As just demonstrated.com/freedom Copyright © Fedmex Pty Ltd (ACN 096 099 286) 2011-2013. featuring a Foreword by Professor Harry Prosen. at www. at www.com/real-answers and/or Watch videos on the biological explanation of the human condition and the dreamed-of TRANSFORMATION of the human race that it brings about at www. All rights reserved. See also: Human condition —What is science?— Soul — Conscience — Good vs Evil —What is the meaning of life?— Is there a God?— Our ego and egocentric lives — How can we save the world?— Consciousness — Human nature — Why do people lie? For a book of these explanations to keep or give to others. the definitive book on the world-transforming explanation of the human condition.worldtransformation. print The Book of Real Answers to Everything! by Jeremy Griffith.com/real-answers .worldtransformation.com and/or Read Freedom.worldtransformation. on this dreamed-of.

soul-devastated condition. selfish and brutal that human life has become all but unbearable and we have nearly destroyed our own planet! In short. left the fabled ‘Garden of Eden’ of our original innocent state. biological explanation for why we humans became competitive. dishonest account of it that the biologist E. trivialising. selfless.O. Wilson has put forward in his theory of Eusociality. or however else we like to describe the emergence of our present seemingly-highlyimperfect. selfish and aggressive. but the psychosis-addressing-and-solving.) Africa—our soul’s home—the Garden of Eden . ‘good-and-evil’-reconciling. soul-full past! (It should be mentioned that this explanation of our species’ present deeply psychologically embattled condition is not the psychosis-avoiding. biology is now finally able to provide this dreamed-of. in fact.Soul Written by Australian biologist Jeremy Griffith. real explanation of it. 2011 Our ‘soul’ is our species’ instinctive memory of a time when our distant ancestors lived in a cooperative. ‘burden-of-guilt’-lifting and thus psychologically rehabilitating EXPLANATION OF THE HUMAN CONDITION — thereby making it possible to safely admit the truth about our species’ innocent. so ruthlessly competitive. innocent state —BUT that is a truth we couldn’t afford to admit until we found the clarifying. exonerating. ‘fell from grace’. And. before we could acknowledge the truth about our soul we had to explain the HUMAN CONDITION —explain why the human race became corrupted. loving. MOST WONDERFULLY.

Soul

Lucas Cranach the Elder’s Adam and Eve (1526)

We can still see the remnants of the time when our species lived in a pre-human-conditionafflicted, innocent, soulful, Garden-of-Eden-like state in the happiness and freedom of children.

In his wonderful 1807 poem Intimations of Immortality, the poet William Wordsworth
gave this rare honest description of our species’ tragic journey from its original soulfull, innocent, instinctive, moral state to its present soul-devastated, often-immoral,
apparently—but, as we will see, not actually—non-ideal or, to use religious terminology,
‘unGodly’ state: ‘The Soul that rises with us, our life’s Star…cometh from afar…trailing clouds
of glory do we come / From God, who is our home.’ In the poem Wordsworth described how
quickly this ‘life’s Star’ of our ideal, moral, ‘God[ly]’ ‘Soul’ that is ‘with us’ when we are born
becomes corrupted as we grow up in the human-condition-afflicted world of today: ‘There
was a time when meadow, grove, and streams / The earth, and every common sight / To me did seem
/ Apparelled in celestial light / The glory and the freshness of a dream / It is not now as it hath been
of yore / Turn wheresoe’er I may / By night or day / The things which I have seen I now can see no
more… I know, where’er I go / That there hath past away a glory from the earth…Thou Child of Joy /
Shout round me, let me hear thy shouts, thou happy Shepherd-boy! // Ye blessed Creatures…Whither
is fled the visionary gleam? / Where is it now, the glory and the dream? // Our birth is but a sleep and
a forgetting… Heaven lies about us in our infancy! / Shades of the prison-house begin to close / Upon
the growing Boy…Forget the glories he hath known / And that imperial palace whence he came.’

Around 360 BC, the philosopher Plato also bravely acknowledged the existence within
us all of an all-loving, innocent, pure, aligned-with-the-‘Godly’-ideals, original instinctive
self or soul when he wrote that humans have ‘knowledge, both before and at the moment

of birth…of all absolute standards…[of] beauty, goodness, uprightness, holiness…our souls exist
before our birth’ (Phaedo, tr. H. Tredennick). He went on to write that ‘the soul is in every possible
way more like the invariable’, which he described as ‘the pure and everlasting and immortal and
changeless…realm of the absolute…[our] soul resembles the divine’ (ibid).

The philosopher Nikolai Berdyaev also truthfully acknowledged the recognition
within us all of a past innocent, uncorrupted instinctive self or soul when he wrote that

‘The memory of a lost paradise, of a Golden Age, is very deep in man’ (The Destiny of Man, 1931, tr. N.

Duddington, 1960, p.36);

while the philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau also expressed what we
all intuitively do know is the truth about our species’ past innocent existence when he
wrote that ‘nothing is more gentle than man in his primitive state’ (The Social Contract and Discourses,
1755; tr. G.D.H. Cole, 1913, Book IV, The Origin of Inequality, p.198).
But again, while these greatest of poets and philosophers were able to acknowledge
the existence of our soul, Wordsworth’s, Plato’s, Berdyaev’s and Rousseau’s inability to
explain why our soul became corrupted meant their beautifully honest words ultimately
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left us humans feeling unbearably condemned for our present seemingly-highly-imperfect
condition. In fact, trying to face the truth about our species’ present corrupted, ‘fallen’
condition without the exonerating explanation for it left humans facing the prospect of
excruciating, even suicidal, depression! Such has been the extent of the real agony of the
human condition! The above poets and philosophers were brave indeed!
Since the human race could not psychologically afford to face the truth that our
soul is our instinctive memory of a cooperative, selfless and loving ‘Garden of Eden’
‘Golden Age’ in our species’ past until we could explain our present corrupted, innocencedestroyed, soul-devastated competitive, selfish and aggressive condition, science has,
until now, had to avoid the whole issue of what our soul is—as the psychologist Ronald
Conway noted, ‘Soul is customarily suspected in empirical psychology and analytical philosophy
as a disreputable entity’ (The Australian, 10 May 2000). When the need for denial is critical any
excuse will do, but calling soul a ‘disreputable entity’ is a very poor excuse indeed because
it is one of our most used terms and, therefore, has a very real and authentic meaning. But
beyond being poor, this excuse verges on the ridiculous when we take into account the fact
that our soul is actually the fundamental issue in ‘psychology’, with the word ‘psychology’
literally meaning the ‘study of the soul’, derived as it is, according to the Online Etymology
Dictionary, from psyche, which comes from the Greek word psykhe, meaning ‘breath, life,
soul’, and the Greek word logia, meaning ‘study of’. Yes, ‘psyche’ is another word for soul,
as the Penguin Dictionary of Psychology confirms: ‘psyche: The oldest and most general use of
this term is by the early Greeks, who envisioned the psyche as the soul or the very essence of life’ (1985).
Also revealing is the word ‘psychiatry’, which literally means ‘soul-healing’, derived as it
is from psyche (which again means soul) and the Greek word iatreia, which, according to
The Encyclopedic World Dictionary, means ‘healing’. Similarly revealing of what the study
of psychology is really all about is the word ‘psychosis’, which literally means ‘soul-illness’,
coming as it does from psyche (which again means soul) and osis which, according to
Dictionary.com, is also of Greek origin and means ‘abnormal state or condition’.
But again, despite society’s prevalent use of the term and its central role in the
etymology of mental health, our denial has been such that dictionary definitions of the
word ‘soul’ have also understandably followed a somewhat evasive path—for instance,
the Concise Oxford Dictionary defines ‘soul’ as ‘the immaterial…moral and emotional part
of man’, and as the ‘animating or essential part’ of us, while The Macquarie Dictionary
describes ‘soul’ as the ‘principle of life, feeling, thought, and action in humans’, and as being
‘the spiritual part of humans regarded in its moral aspect…the seat of the feelings or sentiments’.
Yes, until we could explain and thus heal our soul’s ‘abnormal state or condition’ we had
no choice but to dismiss it as a ‘disreputable entity’ and try to bury its meaning in opaque
references.
So, what is the reconciling, redeeming and thus psychologically rehabilitating
and soul-resuscitating, truthful, real biological explanation of our present
seeming-highly-imperfect, soul-devastated human condition? What is the
explanation that finally makes it psychologically safe to both acknowledge that our
moral soul is our instinctive memory of a cooperative, all-loving past, and explain
how we acquired it in the first place?

Understandably, to avoid feeling bad and unworthy, even defiling and evil for no
longer being ideally behaved and soul-full, false excuses had to be invented to justify our
species’ present competitive, selfish and aggressive behaviour while the true explanation
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for such behaviour was still to be found—with the main excuse being that we have
savage animal instincts that make us fight and compete for food, shelter, territory and
a mate. While it is true that when the need for denial is critical any excuse will do,
clearly this human-condition-avoiding ‘explanation’ that basically argues that ‘genes are
competitive and selfish and that’s why we are’, which, as is about to be described, has
been put forward in the biological theories of Sociobiology, Evolutionary Psychology,
Multilevel Selection and E.O. Wilson’s Eusociality, can’t be the real explanation for our
present divisive behaviour. For a start, it overlooks the fact that our human behaviour
involves our unique fully conscious thinking mind. Descriptions like egocentric, arrogant,
deluded, artificial, hateful, mean, immoral, alienated, etc, all imply a consciousnessderived, psychological dimension to our behaviour. The real issue—the psychological
problem in our thinking minds that we have suffered from—is the dilemma of our human
condition, the issue of our species’ soul-devastated, seemingly-imperfect, even ‘fallen’ or
corrupted, state. We humans suffer from a consciousness-derived, psychological HUMAN
CONDITION, not an instinct-controlled animal condition—our condition is unique to us
fully conscious humans.
Of course, the savage-instincts-in-us excuse is also completely inconsistent with
the fact that we humans have altruistic, cooperative, selfless and loving, soul-full,
moral instincts—what we recognise as our ‘conscience’. Clearly then, for the humancondition-avoiding, savage-instincts-in-us excuse to be preserved, a way had to be found
around this fact that our original instinctive self or soul’s orientations are to behave in
an unconditionally selfless, altruistic, moral way, not in a selfish, savage way—and the
way that was found was to assert that our unconditionally selfless, moral instincts are not
actually selfless, but selfish. This was achieved by claiming that our instinctive self or
soul’s moral conscience that causes us to behave in an altruistic way is actually a product
of reciprocity, from situations frequently found in the animal world where an animal
behaves selflessly on the condition it is treated selflessly in return, in which case the
behaviour is still intrinsically selfish.
This reciprocity-based account of social behaviour became fully developed with
the explanation put forward by the kin-selection-based theory of Sociobiology (and
later Evolutionary Psychology) for situations where, for example, worker ants and bees
selflessly support their respective colony and queen on the proviso that she reproduces
their genes. What happened was that this situation—where individuals foster relatives
or kin because they carry their genes and through supporting them they are ensuring at
least some of their own genes are reproduced—was dishonestly used to dismiss humans’
selfless, moral behaviour as just another example of this reciprocal selflessness that is
actually selfishness. Yes, any instinctive moral self-or-soul-inspired unconditionally,
altruistic behaviour exhibited by us humans, such as charity workers caring for the poor,
was said to not be genuinely altruistic behaviour but an indirect form of selfish behaviour!
To demonstrate how this reciprocity explanation has been used to supposedly dismiss
our marvellous moral nature as merely a subtle form of selfishness, consider the following
from the zoologist Richard Dawkins’ book The Selfish Gene: ‘We [humans] are survival
machines—robot vehicles blindly programmed to preserve the selfish molecules known as genes…we,
and all other animals, are machines created by our genes…we are born selfish’ (First pub. 1976, this edn

1989, p.3).

E.O. Wilson made a similar claim in his book On Human Nature, when he wrote
that our ‘Morality has no other demonstrable ultimate function’ other than to ensure ‘human
genetic material…will be kept intact’ (1978, p.167). The science writer Robert Wright summarised
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that ‘trailing clouds of glory do we come’. all our mythologies recognise this truth that we humans did once live in a cooperative.World Transformation Movement – The Book of Real Answers to Everything! this clever. objectively right. that a former sense of oneness…has been lost…everywhere in religion and myth there is an acknowledgment that we have departed from an original…innocence’ (1990. Indeed. loving. and what Plato said. whatever sort of rightness is in order’. dishonest explanation for our genuinely moral instinctive self or soul. our moral instincts are NOTHING like the selfish reciprocity-derived instincts found in many animal species— they are unconditionally selfless.143) and put forward a new theory that not only contrived a human-condition-avoiding. Wilson even went on to say that ‘Rousseau claimed [that humanity] was originally a race of noble savages in a peaceful state of nature. innocent ‘Golden Age’ in our species’ past in his poem Theogony: ‘When gods alike and mortals rose to birth / A golden race the immortals formed on earth…Like gods they lived. harmonious. far from being merely ‘a euphemism’. Garden-of-Eden-like ‘Golden Age’—as the author Richard Heinberg acknowledged in his book Memories & Visions of Paradise: ‘Every religion begins with the recognition that human consciousness has been separated from the divine Source. competitive. the life-sustaining soil / Yielded its copious fruits. however. 1998. As will be explained. fully altruistic. our current psychologically upset. The truth is that. For example. unbribed by toil / They with abundant goods ’midst quiet lands / All willing shared the gathering of their hands. upset-free. pp. innocent. selfish and aggressive behaviour emerged when we humans became conscious.’ Yes. pp. the eighth century BC Greek poet Hesiod referred to the pre-human-condition-afflicted. and what Berdyaev and Rousseau said about humans once living in an innocent ‘Golden Age’ of ‘gentle[ness]’. that our ‘soul resembles the divine’. p. nor seemed to die / Theirs was each good. their lives in feasts flowed by…Dying they sank in sleep. this theory maintains that humans have instincts 44 . p. when he wrote that ‘What is in our genes’ interests is what seems “right”—morally right. ‘In short: “moral guidance” is a euphemism’ (1994. in his book The Social Conquest of Earth. genuinely altruistic moral nature as being nothing more than a subtle form of selfishness eventually became just too offensive to tolerate. What Wordsworth said about our soul. 216). In 2012.183) (eusociality simply meaning genuine sociality). What transpired. genuinely moral instincts. unconditionally selfless. Wilson dismissed the kin-selection-based Sociobiology/Evolutionary Psychology theory— which he had been the leading advocate for—as being ‘incorrect’ (p.81. E.325. with calm untroubled mind / Free from the toils and anguish of our kind / Nor e’er decrepit age misshaped their frame…Strangers to ill. our instincts are to be fully cooperative. selfless and loving—we do have an altruistic. And in a direct attack on our soul. who were later corrupted…[but what] Rousseau invented [was] a stunningly inaccurate form of anthropology’ (Consilience.37). at which point another explanation for human behaviour that still avoided the issue of the human condition but didn’t deny that we do have genuinely moral instincts had to be found—and it was. competitive. selfish and aggressive behaviour was that this denigration of our instinctive self or soul’s unconditionally selfless. in this business of having to invent false excuses for our divisive. truly loving. moral soul. human-condition-avoiding dismissal of our moral instinctive self or soul as selfish in his boldly titled book The Moral Animal—Why we are the way we are: The new science of evolutionary psychology. but took the art of denial to the absolute extreme by also contriving a non-human-condition-confronting explanation of the human condition itself! Known as Multilevel Selection or the ‘Theory of Eusociality’ (ibid. 82). is the truth.O.

9 Sep. The New York Times.243). but also an extraordinarily gentle. According to Wilson. But when discussing bonobos.65) are not only the cultural memories enshrined in our myths and religions. ‘That’s one more problem out of the way’. p. our moral instincts are not derived from warring with other groups of humans. then separating back out into new groups—with the altruists somehow banding together into their own groups. shelter.241). which have to selfishly ensure they reproduce. as has been emphasised. Wilson now asserts that ‘The dilemma of good and evil [which is the issue of the human condition] was created by multilevel selection’ (ibid). territory and a mate. where groups of altruistic. Wilson has put forward an argument that warring between groups of early humans where extreme cooperation would have been an advantage was a strong enough force to overcome this problem of selfish exploitation and thus allow for the selection of altruism and the emergence of our genuinely moral instincts. you can help me reproduce my genes but I’m not about to help you reproduce yours!’ Any selflessness that might arise through group selection will be constantly exploited by individual selfishness from within the group. p. according to Wilson. but also the evidence gleaned from studies in anthropology and primatology. cooperative members supposedly outcompete groups of selfish. 2011). and the supposed selfless group-selected instincts being the good/ virtuous moral aspect of our nature. Wilson merely cites an instance of bonobos hunting in a group. standing in stark contrast to Wilson’s proclamation of ‘universal and eternal’ warfare (The Social Conquest of Earth. ‘altruists beat groups of selfish individuals’ (ibid. In summary. as Wilson and his Eusociality theory of group selection would have us believe. non-cooperative members—with the selfish individual level instincts supposedly being the bad/sinful aspects of our nature. where members of a species selfishly compete for food. as Wilson stated. the biological stumbling block is whether genes. 45 . ‘altruism would be unlikely to override the tendency of each group to quickly lose its altruism through natural selection favoring cheaters’ (‘Can Darwinism improve Binghamton?’. As the biologist Jerry Coyne pointed out.Soul derived from natural selection operating at the individual level. using that ‘evidence’ to draw erroneous comparisons with the more aggressive common chimpanzees. under scrutiny Wilson’s group selection mechanism for how we acquired them completely falls apart. Together they have created the conflict between the poorer and the better angels of our nature’ (ibid. p. which are not only humans’ closest relatives. While it is certainly true that we do have genuinely moral instincts. The genetic reality is that whenever an unconditionally selfless. such as those of bonobos (Pan paniscus). In summary. The only biological models that have been put forward that appear to overcome this problem of genetic selfishness always prevailing are so complicated and convoluted that they seem implausible. altruistic trait appears those that are selfish will naturally take advantage of it: ‘Sure. and in the words of some of our most profound thinkers. while group selection is responsible for the greater part of virtue. then peacefully merging. Yes. that attest to humans having a peaceful heritage. But despite the propensity for unconditionally selfless traits to be exploited and thus eliminated. he seems to be saying. While it makes sense that. ‘Individual selection is responsible for much of what we call sin. cooperative and peaceful species. our ability to war successfully somehow produced our ability to love unconditionally! However. and instincts derived from natural selection supposedly operating at the group level. can develop self-sacrificing altruistic traits in the first place. for they involve groups warring.

and such refinement occurred in the human brain. Thus consciousness means being sufficiently aware of how experiences are related to attempt to manage change from a basis of understanding. (A more comprehensive description of the human-condition-avoiding. aggressive and selfish behaviour is still being denied. Predictions are compared with outcomes and so on. learn to understand and become CONSCIOUS of. what has commonly occurred in the past enables you to predict what is likely to happen in the future and to adjust your behaviour accordingly. This explanation begins with an analysis of consciousness. once developed. refining the insights further. why did our moral soul become corrupted. we have an unconditionally selfless. 46 . psychosis-addressing-and-solving biological explanation for our present seemingly-highly-imperfect. with the complete presentation appearing in Part 4:12 of the freely-available. our conscious intellect was then in a position to wrest control from our gene-based learning system’s instincts. nerves were originally developed for the coordination of movement in animals. real. all-loving. ‘divine’-like. Evolutionary Psychology. while selfless instincts have been incorporated into the mix to counter Evolutionary Psychology’s offensive denigration of our moral instincts as being nothing more than a manifestation of selfish instincts. you can compare them with current events and identify regularly occurring experiences. Very briefly. selfish and aggressive human condition emerged. up until then.) So. human-condition-addressing rather than humancondition-avoiding explanation of how our species’ competitive. beyond that. Overall then. we humans suffer from a consciousness-derived. If you can remember past events. Once insights into the nature of change are put into effect. soul-devastated human condition? And. This knowledge of. had been controlling our lives. or intelligent about. dishonest biological theories on human behaviour of Sociobiology. the self-modified behaviour starts to provide feedback. the same strategy of blaming our competitive. What is so significant about this process is that once our nerve-based learning system became sufficiently developed for us to become conscious and able to effectively manage events. which. and how did we acquire our moral soul in the first place? Firstly. but. Basically. not partially moral and partially savage. The ‘savage instincts in us’ excuse for our selfish behaviour is entirely inconsistent with the fact that we have completely moral. to present the truthful. Much developed.World Transformation Movement – The Book of Real Answers to Everything! No. As emphasised earlier. nerves can sufficiently associate information to reason how experiences are related. their ability to store impressions—which is what we refer to as ‘memory’—gave rise to the potential to develop understanding of cause and effect. not an instinctcontrolled ANIMAL CONDITION—our condition is unique to us fully conscious humans. selfish and aggressive behaviour on supposed selfish. genuinely moral instinctive soul? In short. psychological reason for our competitive. universally-benevolentnot-competitive-with-other-groups. online book Freedom Book 1. what is the truthful biological explanation for the origin of our human species’ ‘glor[ious]’. fully altruistic. or aware of. genuinely moral conscience. fully altruistic. brutal instincts in us humans has been maintained. psychological HUMAN CONDITION. The real. truly loving. The Book of Real Answers to Everything!. the relationship between events that occur through time. unconditionally selfless. what is the truthful. Multilevel Selection and Eusociality can be found in the What is Science? article in this. instincts as Wilson claimed. or insight into.

Our ‘conscious thinking self’. leaving the conscious intellect in a serious dilemma: if it obeys its instincts it will not feel ‘criticised’ by its instincts but neither will it find knowledge. We became ego-centric. Until the conscious mind found the redeeming understanding of why it had to defy the instincts (namely the scientific understanding of the difference in the way genes and nerves process information. Obviously. What is so exonerating. imagine what would happen if we put a fully conscious mind on the head of a migrating bird. However. ‘I’ll fly down to that island and have a rest. which is the dictionary definition of ‘ego’. The bird is following an instinctive flight path acquired over thousands of generations of natural selection. in effect challenging the role of the already established instinctual self. that one is an orientating learning system while the other is an insightful learning system). To elaborate. but the instincts—being in effect ‘unaware’ or ‘ignorant’ of the intellect’s need to carry out these experiments— ‘opposed’ any understanding-produced deviations from the established instinctive orientations: they ‘criticised’ and ‘tried to stop’ the conscious mind’s necessary search for knowledge. and attempt to prove the instincts’ unjust criticism wrong. and the only way it can acquire that understanding is by experimenting in understanding—for example. a battle unavoidably broke out between the instinctive self and the newer conscious self. thinking. it was at this juncture. try to deny or block from its mind the instincts’ unjust criticism. Our intellect began to experiment in understanding as the only means of discovering the correct and incorrect understandings for managing existence.Soul once our self-adjusting intellect emerged it was capable of taking over the management of our lives from the instinctive orientations we had acquired through the natural selection of genetic traits that adapted us to our environment. In short—and to return to our human situation because we were the species that acquired the fully conscious mind—the psychologically upset angry. alienated and egocentric behaviour—in fact. alienated and egocentric human-condition-afflicted state appeared. self-centred or selfish. the conscious intellect had no way of refuting the implicit criticism from the instincts even though it knew it was unjust. that a terrible battle broke out between our instincts and intellect. when our conscious intellect challenged our instincts for control.’ But such a deviation from the migratory flight path would naturally result in the instincts resisting the deviation. aggressive and competitive. rehabilitating and healing about this explanation of the human condition is that we can finally appreciate that there was a very good reason for our angry. when our conscious intellect emerged it was neither suitable nor sustainable for it to be orientated by instincts—it had to find understanding to operate effectively and fulfil its great potential to manage life. The only forms of defiance available to the conscious intellect were to attack the instincts’ unjust criticism. we can now see why we have not 47 . when our intellect began to exert itself and experiment in the management of life from a basis of understanding. HOWEVER. selfish and aggressive state that we call the human condition. with no choice but to defy that opposition from the instincts. To illustrate the situation. the intellect was left having to endure a psychologically distressed. upset condition. preoccupied with aggressively competing for opportunities to prove we are good and not bad—we unavoidably became selfish. but it now has a conscious mind that needs to understand how to behave. the intellect could not afford to give in to the instincts. became ‘centred’ or focused on the need to justify itself. and unable to understand and thus explain why its experiments in self-adjustment were necessary. the effect of which was the extremely competitive.

science has finally enabled us to lift the so-called ‘burden of guilt’ from the human race. it heals and by so doing ends it. loving. cooperative. in so doing. in fact. selfish and aggressive. redeeming understanding of our dark.) The famous psychoanalyst Carl Jung was forever saying that ‘wholeness for humans depends on the ability to own their own shadow’ because he recognised that only finding understanding of our dark side could end our underlying insecurity about our fundamental goodness and worth as humans and. egocentric and alienated behaviour now subsides. humans return to being cooperative. truthful explanation for our competitive. fully altruistic. selfless and loving. moral. conscious humans are actually nothing less than the heroes of the story of life on Earth! This is because our fully conscious mind is surely nature’s greatest invention and to have had to endure the torture of being unjustly condemned as evil for so long (the anthropological evidence indicates we humans have been fully conscious for some two million years) must make us the absolute heroes of the story of life on Earth. 3:23) of our original innocent. genuinely moral instinctive self or soul. even ego-gone-mad-with-murderous-anger for having to live with so much unjust criticism. instinctive. an animal behaves selflessly on the condition it will be treated selflessly in return. Having found the exonerating and thus soul-resuscitating. to understand that we thinking. human-condition-afflicted existence finally enables the human race to be healed and thus TRANSFORMED—as Jung said. No. fully altruistic. as mentioned. understanding of the human condition doesn’t condone ‘bad’ behaviour. To quote Professor Harry Prosen. From being competitive. truly loving. greatest of all breakthroughs in science: ‘I have no doubt this biological explanation of the human condition is the holy grail of insight we have sought for the psychological rehabilitation of the human race’ (Freedom Book 1. selfish and aggressive human condition we can now safely present the truthful biological explanation for how we acquired our original unconditionally selfless. ‘knowledge’finding. human-condition-free state. finding the exonerating. soul-full state for taking the ‘fruit…from the tree of knowledge’ (ibid. (Importantly. human-condition-afflicted state to a soul-resuscitated. psychologically upset. Part 2:2). as pointed out. on this dreamed-of. troubled. but ego-infuriated. And BEST OF ALL. bringing about the complete TRANSFORMATION OF THE HUMAN RACE. which means the trait is. all our upset angry. make us ‘whole’ again. 2009. 48 . it makes us ‘whole’ again. intrinsically selfish. The question for biology is how could we humans have developed an unconditionally selfless. 3:3. a former president of the Canadian Psychiatric Association. 2:17). Yes. The human race moves from a soul-devastated. because this explanation of the human condition is redeeming and thus rehabilitating. genuinely moral instinctive self or soul? How can such instinctive behaviour possibly develop when the fundamental biological assumption is that unconditionally selfless instinctive traits cannot develop genetically because self-sacrificing traits tend to self-eliminate and for a trait to develop and become established in a species it needs to reproduce and carry on? The most selflessness that can seemingly be developed genetically is reciprocity.World Transformation Movement – The Book of Real Answers to Everything! just been ego-centric. where. We can now see that our conscious mind was NOT the evil villain it has so long been portrayed as—such as in the Bible where Adam and Eve are demonised and ‘banished…from the Garden of Eden’ (Gen. thus ensuring its continuation from generation to generation. psychosis-addressingand-solving.

The infant’s brain is therefore being trained or indoctrinated or inscribed with unconditional selflessness and so. shelter. Zebras. and that is how we acquired our unconditionally selfless. matriarchal. The difficulty is in getting the development of unconditional selflessness to occur in the first place. For a species to develop nurturing—to develop this method for overcoming the gene-based learning system’s seeming inability to develop unconditional selflessness—it required the capacity to allow its offspring to remain in the infancy stage long enough for the infant’s brain to become trained or indoctrinated with unconditional selflessness or love. And then. from an observer’s point of view the nurturing appears to be unconditionally selfless behaviour. unconditional selflessness. However. the ‘voice’ of which is our moral ‘conscience’. for example. arboreal heritage. cooperatively behaved. how did humans develop unconditionally selfless instincts? While selfeliminating genetic traits apparently cannot develop in animals. upright walking—which means bipedalism must have developed early in this nurturing of love process.Soul So. we can now also understand why and when we began to walk upright: the longer infancy is delayed. Genetic traits for nurturing are intrinsically selfish (which. Genes will inevitably follow and reinforce any development process—in this they are not selective. instinctive self or soul. while nurturing is a genetically selfish trait. warmth. however. peaceful bonobo chimpanzee species provide a living example of a species in the midst of developing this training-in-love process. the unconditionally selfless behaviour will become instinctive—a moral soul will be established. there was one way such unconditional selflessness could develop. for once it is regularly occurring it will naturally become instinctive over time. cooperative. In the case of primates. the more and longer infants had to be held. as stated. The mother is giving her offspring food. being already semi-upright as a result of their tree-living. which means they were especially facilitated for prolonging their offspring’s infancy and thus developing unconditionally selfless behaviour. In light of this. The question still to be answered is why was it that humans acquired a fully conscious mind while other species didn’t? The answer is explained in Part 8:4C of Freedom Book 1. and that was through nurturing—a mother’s maternal instinct to care for her offspring. infancy has to be kept as brief as possible because of the infant’s extreme vulnerability to predators. The exceptionally maternal. and in fact the early appearance of bipedalism in the fossil record of our ancestors is now being found. but very briefly. genetic traits normally have to be) because through a mother’s nurturing and fostering of offspring who carry her genes her genetic traits for nurturing are selfishly ensuring their reproduction into the next generation. have to be capable of independent flight almost as soon as they are born. which gives them little opportunity to be trained in selflessness. with enough training in unconditional selflessness. and thus the greater the selection for arms-freed. Apply this training across all the members of that infant’s group and the result is an unconditionally selflessly behaved. It was our distant primate ancestors who perfected the process. support and protection for apparently nothing in return. with this training in unconditional selflessness occurring over many generations. that infant will grow into an adult who behaves unconditionally selflessly. fully altruistic. This point is most significant because it means from the infant’s perspective its mother is treating it with real love. swinging-from-branch-to-branch. their arms were semi-freed from walking and thus available to hold a helpless infant. while mothers’ training of their infants in unconditional 49 . fully integrated society. In most species.

integrative. 50 . it is only now that we can truthfully explain the human condition that we can afford to tell the real story of how we humans come into the world ‘trailing clouds of glory’ with a nurturingof-unconditional-love-expecting soul that ‘resembles the divine’—and admit that Rousseau was right when he said. respectively. Negative-Entropy-driven law of physics is a truth we couldn’t face until we could explain our divisive. but nurturing that gave us our moral soul and made us human—as has been said ‘people would rather admit to being an axe murderer than being a bad father or mother’ (Sun-Herald. Why did Wordsworth write that ‘trailing clouds of glory do we come. sound love all but impossible. Yes. The point is. Selfishness-practicing species have an emerging mind that is dishonestly orientated. selflessness-dependent. a mind that is alienated from the truth. because we had to repress and deny it for its unjust condemnation of us—but no more. ‘nothing is more gentle than man in his primitive state’. that ‘The overwhelming impression is of order…[in] the universe’ (‘The Time of His Life’. and Plato say that our ‘soul resembles the divine’. this training in unconditional selflessness had an accidental by-product: it produced brains trained to think selflessly and thus truthfully and thus effectively and thus become ‘conscious’ of the relationship of events that occur through time. and as the ‘animating or essential part’ of us? As with the truth that we have a cooperative. egocentric and psychotic and neurotic alienated lives. is the truthful theme or meaning of existence. competitive and selfish human condition—but now that we can explain the human condition we can finally admit this truth of what ‘God’ actually represents. you can’t hope to think truthfully and thus effectively if you’re lying. ‘collective unconscious’. Yes. Thus. which is the relationship between our soul and the ideals of life or ‘God’. cooperative. moral instinctive soul. 7 July 2002). which they are unable to recognise. unconditionally selfless. fully cooperative society to develop. as Professor Prosen said. the nature vs nurture debate has really been about defensively trying to argue against the importance of nurturing in the lives of our children. and what do dictionaries really mean when they describe our soul or psyche as ‘the very essence of life’. from God. as Carl Jung described our shared-by-everyone instinctive self or soul. and that our ‘soul is…like the…pure and everlasting and immortal and changeless…absolute’. our species’ ‘psychological rehabilitation’ can now begin! Understandably. its ‘breath’. Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein. There is one last issue that needs to be explained. which means it can never make sense of experience and thus never become conscious. that we can safely admit the critical part nurturing played both in the emergence of our species and in our own lives. have said. The world’s greatest physicists.World Transformation Movement – The Book of Real Answers to Everything! selflessness enabled an unconditionally selflessly behaved. etc. our soul did become ‘unconscious’. admitting that our concept of ‘God’ is actually our personification of the ordering. etc. which unavoidably made nurturing our children with real. until we could truthfully explain the good reason humans became embattled with the human condition and thus unable to adequately nurture their children it has been psychologically unbearable to admit that it wasn’t tool use or language development or mastery of fire. however. In truth. It is only now that we can explain why we developed such upset angry. who is our home’. Other species who can’t develop unconditional selflessness can’t think truthfully and thus effectively because unconditional selflessness. a subterranean part of our conscious mind. through nurturing we acquired our born-with.

however. Einstein: ‘over time. We needed the concept of ‘God’ to remain safely abstract and undefined.Soul Gregory Benford. 2002). this ‘order’ IS apparent everywhere. unconditional selflessness is the underlying theme of existence. The more we discover about the universe. 13:1–13. the more we find that it is governed by rational laws. 10:24. Here on Earth. Indeed. I have come to realise that behind everything is an order that we glimpse only indirectly [because it’s unbearably confronting/condemning!]. It’s the glue that holds the world together and what we really mean by the term ‘love’. our 51 .’ In John 15:13 we also see that Christ emphasised the unconditionally selfless significance of the word ‘love’ when he said. 3rd edn. BBC. cooperative. If one liked. Colossians 3:14 perfectly summarises the integrative significance of love: ‘And over all these virtues put on love. which binds them all together in perfect unity. 1 Cor. with this truth of Integrative Meaning is that for a larger whole to form and hold together the parts of that whole must consider the welfare of the whole above their own welfare—put simply. that one lay down his life for his friends. God and man. But unable to truthfully explain the human condition until now. unconditionally selfless. Gregory Benford. with understanding of the human condition found we can finally afford to demystify ‘God’—and admit what our soul is. So consider-others-above-yourself. which is defined as ‘the belief that purpose and design are a part of nature’ (Macquarie Dictionary. which means charity or giving or selflessness. Over the eons a chaotic universe organised itself into stars. the concept of ‘God’ is our personification of this truth of the integrative meaning of life. what is happening on Earth is that matter is becoming ordered into larger wholes. as we say. which the dictionary defines as ‘the tendency in nature to form wholes’ (Concise Oxford Dictionary. I am a religious man’ (Einstein Revealed. The great problem. Of these biblical references. unconditionally selfless theme of existence. PBS. however. As it says in the Bible. and John 15:13. see Col. 3:14. 16). 28 Apr. So the theme or purpose or meaning of existence is the ordering or integration or complexification of matter. 1998). In this sense.’ BUT acknowledging and accepting this truth of the integrative cooperative. and if we include more of what Hawking and Einstein said we can see that they both agree. Overall. ONLY when we could truthfully explain WHY we humans have not been ideally behaved would it be psychologically safe to confront. God-revering to the point of being God-worshipping—not God-confronting. 28 Apr. ‘God’ is the integrative. selfless and loving. religion and science. ‘I would use the term God as the embodiment of the laws of physics’ (Master of the Universe. the old Christian word for love was ‘caritas’. altruistic. 1997). evil or unworthy for our divisive competitive. and ‘teleology’. 2002). if we consider religious terminology. and that ‘behind everything is an order’ (Einstein Revealed. Yes. ‘God-fearing’—in fact. admit and accept that the meaning of life is to be integrative. PBS. a process that is driven by the physical law of Negative Entropy. ‘Holism’. 5th edn. Hawking: ‘The overwhelming impression is of order. 1964). Sydney Morning Herald. ‘Greater love has no-one than this. atoms became ordered or integrated to form molecules → which in turn integrated to form compounds → viruslike organisms → single-celled organisms → multicellular organisms → and then societies of multicellular organisms. selfish and aggressive. Einstein thought so…We could call order by the name of God’ (‘The Time of His Life’. one could say that this order was the work of God. selfishness is divisive or disintegrative while selflessness is integrative. loving meaning of existence left humans feeling unbearably condemned as bad. are both terms that recognise this integrative ‘tendency’. 1989). 1997). planets and galaxies. it is little wonder that humans have been. Sydney Morning Herald. seemingly-unloving behaviour. As stated above. and. This is religiousness. ‘God is love’ (1 John 4:8.

And. The theologian John Shelby Spong observed that ‘If only human beings have souls. we do ‘come from God. From being competitive. See also: Human condition —What is science?—What is love?— Conscience — Good vs Evil —What is the meaning of life?— Is there a God?— Our ego and egocentric lives — How can we save the world?— Consciousness — Human nature — Why do people lie? For a book of these explanations to keep or give to others. ‘We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time’ (Little Gidding. knowing state. so within us is our soul.495). which is the seat of animating enthusiasm because it is aligned with ‘God’ and free of debilitating psychosis (soul-illness) and neurosis (mind-illness)—a state of FREEDOM that now returns to the whole human race. knowing good and evil’ (Gen. its ‘breath’. 1992. humans return to being cooperative. soul and mind. Yes. but it had to be the full truth that defended us. Again. Eliot wrote. which means ‘God within’. our soul is fully representative of the ‘eternal’. with understanding of the human condition found ALL the great issues finally become explainable. featuring a Foreword by Professor Harry Prosen. selfish and aggressive. In saying that ‘the church’ teaches that ‘only human beings have souls’ it is likely Spong was referring to the Genesis passage in the Bible that states that ‘God created man in his own image’ (1:27). p. and thus the TRANSFORMATION of our human-condition-afflicted world! As just demonstrated. Our round of departure has ended—as the poet T. the integrative meaning of life and the inconsistency of our behaviour with that meaning. ‘the truth will set you free’ (John 8:32). ‘pure and everlasting and immortal and changeless…absolute’. the word ‘enthusiasm’ comes from the Greek word enthios. at www. thus enabling the complete TRANSFORMATION of humans.S. are all finally reconciled.World Transformation Movement – The Book of Real Answers to Everything! instinct and intellect. 1942). who is our home’—our ‘soul resembles the divine’. we have become ‘like God. 1871. as Professor Prosen said. he is right—we are now able to explain biologically how and when we acquired our ‘divine and eternal soul’. but this time in an understanding. since integrativeness is the theme of existence and thus universal and eternal. As predicted in the Bible. when our human forebears became totally integrated they were ‘in the image of God’ (ibid). As for our soul being the ‘animating or essential part’ of us. print The Book of Real Answers to Everything! by Jeremy Griffith. one must be able to say when humanity became human and was infused with its divine and eternal soul’ (Born Of A Woman. now that we are reconciled with the integrative meaning of existence—now that we have explained why we had to suffer a period of divisiveness in order to become integrative—we can be reunited with the integrative state.com/real-answers and/or 52 . p. as the church has taught. understanding of the human condition enables ‘the psychological rehabilitation of the human race’—it brings about the TRANSFORMATION of the human race. Well. selfless and loving. And. As Christ said.worldtransformation. Since we can now understand that God is the state of integration. which fortunately we now have. in referring to our instinctive self or soul. he wrote that ‘the moral sense affords the best and highest distinction between man and the lower animals’ (The Descent of Man. Charles Darwin recognised this truth about our species’ uniquely fully integrated orientation to behaving unconditionally selflessly when. 3:5). ‘the very essence of life’.34).

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human-race-transforming EXPLANATION of the human condition—as well as the explanation of how we acquired our original instinctive moral sense in the first place! (It should be mentioned that this explanation of our species’ present deeply psychologically troubled. trivialising. but a helpless friend!’ (An .Conscience Written by Australian biologist Jeremy Griffith. Yes. guiltyconscience-producing behaviour!! MOST WONDERFULLY. so-called ‘human condition’ emerged— BUT that is a truth we couldn’t safely admit until we could EXPLAIN that condition.O. Vol. however. We shrink from stealing or lying as we shrink from burning our fingers’ (Outlines of Cosmic Philosophy.495). clear-conscience-producing. writing that ‘the moral sense affords the best and highest distinction between man and the lower animals’ (The Descent of Man. The philosopher Immanuel Kant was so impressed by our instinctive moral conscience that he had the following words inscribed on his tomb: ‘there are two things which fill me with awe: the starry heavens above us. until we could explain our present seemingly-highly-imperfect. p. Wilson has put forward in his theory of Eusociality. pointing out that ‘our nature [is]…A sharp accuser. IV. ‘good-andevil’-afflicted condition is not the psychosis-avoiding. ‘burden-of-guilt’-lifting. 1874.126). 2011 Our conscience is the ‘voice’ of our species’ instinctive moral sense that was acquired before our present ‘good-and-evil’-afflicted. p. however. The poet Alexander Pope. And Charles Darwin was similarly awed by the existence of our conscience. but the psychosis-addressing-and-solving. real explanation of it. Part II. and the moral law within us’. exonerating. ‘good-and-evil’-reconciling. 1871. biology is now finally able to provide this dreamed-of. on the subject of our moral conscience the philosopher John Fiske observed that ‘We approve of certain actions and disapprove of certain actions quite instinctively.) The Concise Oxford Dictionary defines ‘conscience’ as our ‘moral sense of right and wrong’. was not so impressed by our instinctive moral nature. dishonest account of it that the biologist E.

psychological dimension to our behaviour. territory and a mate. reconciling and redeeming explanation of our seemingly-highly-imperfect. WHY. it has criticised us aplenty when what we really needed was sympathetic. shelter. the two great questions about our conscience—which can now at last be truthfully answered—are how did we acquire our ‘awe’-inspiring but ‘[un]friend[ly]’. hateful. why are we so ruthlessly competitive. state. has been to solve the issue of the human condition. which. become corrupted. in so doing. competitive. are we humans the complete opposite. deluded. a way had to be found around this fact that our original instinctive self or soul’s orientations are to behave in an unconditionally 55 . become immoral. this human-condition-avoiding ‘explanation’ that basically argues that ‘genes are competitive and selfish and that’s why we are’. And he was right—our conscience has been ‘a sharp accuser. the biologist E. less-than-ideal. Of course. Yes. for the human-condition-avoiding. Understandably. etc. mercilessly-critical conscience. has been put forward in the biological theories of Sociobiology. the outstanding task for science. The famous psychoanalyst Carl Jung was forever saying that ‘wholeness for humans depends on the ability to own their own shadow’ because he recognised that only finding understanding of our dark side could end our underlying insecurity about our fundamental goodness and worth as humans and. psychological HUMAN CONDITION. ‘good-and-evil’-afflicted human nature—because without it we humans faced permanent damnation. Wilson was certainly right when he said that ‘The human condition is the most important frontier of the natural sciences’ (Consilience. savage-instincts-in-us excuse to be preserved. the savage-instincts-in-us excuse is also completely inconsistent with the fact that we humans have altruistic. redeeming and rehabilitating understanding of our ‘good-andevil’-afflicted human condition. mean. The real issue—the psychological problem in our thinking minds that we have suffered from—is the dilemma of our human condition. lose its innocence. namely competitive. the issue of our species’ conscience-defying. make us ‘whole’ again. and why don’t we still live in accordance with our moral instincts—why did the human race ‘fall from grace’. Clearly then. as is about to be described. selfless and loving. alienated. selfish and aggressive behaviour was still to be found. HOW DO WE EXPLAIN THE HUMAN CONDITION?? Thus. it overlooks the fact that our human behaviour involves our unique fully conscious thinking mind. moral instincts— what we recognise as our ‘conscience’. but a helpless friend’. 1998. selfless and loving. For a start. immoral. artificial. compassionate. We humans suffer from a consciousness-derived. selfish and aggressive? In fact. arrogant. indeed the holy grail of all human enquiry. cooperative. guilty. 1733). not an instinct-controlled animal condition—our condition is unique to us fully conscious humans. And of course. selfish and brutal that human life has become all but unbearable and we have nearly destroyed our own planet?! In short. all imply a consciousnessderived.O.298). when the ideals of life are clearly to be cooperative. stop obeying our instinctive moral conscience? Despite trivialising the issue of the human condition with a dishonest explanation of it. Multilevel Selection and E. can’t be the real explanation for our present divisive behaviour. false excuses had to be invented—the main one being that we have savage animal instincts that make us fight and compete for food. Descriptions like egocentric. find the compassionate. Wilson’s Eusociality.Conscience Essay on Man. Evolutionary Psychology. even ‘fallen’ or corrupted.O. p. reconciling. to avoid feeling damned and unworthy while the true explanation for our conscience-offending. Epistle II.

objectively right. p. for example. all our mythologies recognise this truth that we humans did once live in a cooperative. 82).167). Wilson even went on to say that ‘[Jean-Jacques] Rousseau claimed [that humanity] was originally a race of noble savages in a peaceful state of nature.81.3). Wilson made a similar claim in his book On Human Nature. and all other animals.37). Indeed. are machines created by our genes…we are born selfish’ (First pub. p.O. moral way. Garden-of-Eden-like ‘Golden Age’—as the author Richard Heinberg acknowledged in his book Memories & Visions of Paradise: ‘Every religion begins with the recognition that human consciousness has been separated from the divine Source. when he wrote that ‘What is in our genes’ interests is what seems “right”—morally right. ‘In short: “moral guidance” is a euphemism’ (1994. our moral instincts are NOTHING like the selfish reciprocity-derived instincts found in many animal species— they are unconditionally selfless. fully altruistic. that a former sense of oneness…has been lost…everywhere in religion and myth there is an acknowledgment that we have departed from an original…innocence’ (1990. p. harmonious. consider the following from the zoologist Richard Dawkins’ book The Selfish Gene: ‘We [humans] are survival machines—robot vehicles blindly programmed to preserve the selfish molecules known as genes…we. 1976. in which case the behaviour is still intrinsically selfish.325. E. the eighth century BC Greek poet Hesiod referred to the pre-human-condition-afflicted. altruistic. any instinctive moral conscience-inspired unconditionally. from situations frequently found in the animal world where an animal behaves selflessly on the condition it is treated selflessly in return. innocent. As Kant and Darwin acknowledged. our ‘awe’-inspiring ‘moral sense affords the best and highest distinction between man and the lower animals’. The science writer Robert Wright summarised this clever. For example. but selfish. What happened was that this situation—where individuals foster relatives or kin because they carry their genes and through supporting them they are ensuring at least some of their own genes are reproduced—was dishonestly used to dismiss humans’ selfless. Yes. was said to not be genuinely altruistic behaviour but an indirect form of selfish behaviour! To demonstrate how this reciprocity explanation has been used to supposedly dismiss our marvellous moral nature as merely a subtle form of selfishness. this edn 1989. savage way—and the way that was found was to assert that our unconditionally selfless moral instincts are not actually selfless. pp. 216). And in a direct attack on our soul. who were later corrupted…[but what] Rousseau invented [was] a stunningly inaccurate form of anthropology’ (Consilience.World Transformation Movement – The Book of Real Answers to Everything! selfless. altruistic behaviour exhibited by us humans. worker ants and bees selflessly support their respective colony and queen on the proviso that she reproduces their genes. moral behaviour as just another example of this reciprocal selflessness that is actually selfishness. This was achieved by claiming that our instinctive self or soul’s moral conscience that causes us to behave in an altruistic way is actually a product of reciprocity. far from being merely ‘a euphemism’. pp. innocent ‘Golden Age’ in our species’ past in his poem Theogony: ‘When gods alike and mortals rose to birth / A golden race 56 . upset-free. The truth is that. truly loving. 1998. genuinely moral instincts. loving. when he wrote that our ‘Morality has no other demonstrable ultimate function’ other than to ensure ‘human genetic material…will be kept intact’ (1978. human-condition-avoiding dismissal of our moral instincts as selfish in his boldly titled book The Moral Animal—Why we are the way we are: The new science of evolutionary psychology. whatever sort of rightness is in order’. such as charity workers caring for the poor. not in a selfish. This reciprocity-based account of social behaviour became fully developed with the explanation put forward by the kin-selection-based theory of Sociobiology (and later Evolutionary Psychology) for situations where.

Wilson dismissed the kinselection-based Sociobiology/Evolutionary Psychology theory—which he had been the leading advocate for—as being ‘incorrect’ (p. p. in his book The Social Conquest of Earth. What transpired. selfish and aggressive behaviour was that this denigration of our unconditionally selfless. ‘altruists beat groups of selfish individuals’ (ibid.O. dishonest explanation for our genuinely moral instinctive self or soul. the life-sustaining soil / Yielded its copious fruits.183) (eusociality simply meaning genuine sociality). As the biologist Jerry Coyne pointed out.143) and put forward a new theory that not only contrived a human-condition-avoiding.243). competitive. While it makes sense that. and instincts derived from natural selection supposedly operating at the group level. E. in this business of having to invent false excuses for our divisive. unbribed by toil / They with abundant goods ’midst quiet lands / All willing shared the gathering of their hands. can develop self-sacrificing altruistic traits in the first place. under scrutiny Wilson’s group selection mechanism for how we acquired them completely falls apart. 9 Sep. their lives in feasts flowed by…Dying they sank in sleep. selfless and loving—we do have an altruistic. According to Wilson. however. The genetic reality is that whenever an unconditionally selfless. altruistic trait appears those that are selfish will naturally take advantage of it: ‘Sure. shelter. As will be explained. where groups of altruistic.Conscience the immortals formed on earth…Like gods they lived. territory and a mate. this theory maintains that humans have instincts derived from natural selection operating at the individual level. competitive. The only biological models that have been put forward that appear to overcome this problem of genetic selfishness always prevailing are so complicated and convoluted that 57 . p. ‘altruism would be unlikely to override the tendency of each group to quickly lose its altruism through natural selection favoring cheaters’ (‘Can Darwinism improve Binghamton?’. While it is certainly true that we do have genuinely moral instincts. with calm untroubled mind / Free from the toils and anguish of our kind / Nor e’er decrepit age misshaped their frame…Strangers to ill. where members of a species selfishly compete for food. the biological stumbling block is whether genes. and the supposed selfless group-selected instincts being the good/ virtuous moral aspect of our nature. moral nature as being nothing more than a subtle form of selfishness eventually became just too offensive to tolerate. as Wilson stated. p. which have to selfishly ensure they reproduce. but took the art of denial to the absolute extreme by also contriving a non-human-condition-confronting explanation of the human condition itself! Known as Multilevel Selection or the ‘Theory of Eusociality’ (ibid. you can help me reproduce my genes but I’m not about to help you reproduce yours!’ Any selflessness that might arise through group selection will be constantly exploited by individual selfishness from within the group. genuinely altruistic. while group selection is responsible for the greater part of virtue. 2011). In summary. ‘Individual selection is responsible for much of what we call sin. our current psychologically upset.241).’ Yes. In 2012. our instincts are to be fully cooperative. Wilson now asserts that ‘The dilemma of good and evil [which is the issue of the human condition] was created by multilevel selection’ (ibid). cooperative members supposedly outcompete groups of selfish. unconditionally selfless moral conscience. non-cooperative members—with the selfish individual level instincts supposedly being the bad/sinful aspects of our nature. at which point another explanation for human behaviour that still avoided the issue of the human condition but didn’t deny that we do have genuinely moral instincts had to be found—and it was. selfish and aggressive behaviour emerged when we humans became conscious. Together they have created the conflict between the poorer and the better angels of our nature’ (ibid. The New York Times. nor seemed to die / Theirs was each good.

our ability to war successfully somehow produced our ability to love unconditionally! However. ‘That’s one more problem out of the way’. fully altruistic. but also the evidence gleaned from studies in anthropology and primatology. the same strategy of blaming our competitive. while selfless instincts have been incorporated into the mix to counter Evolutionary Psychology’s offensive denigration of our moral instincts as being nothing more than a manifestation of selfish instincts. all-loving. not an instinctcontrolled ANIMAL CONDITION—our condition is unique to us fully conscious humans. we humans suffer from a consciousness-derived. cooperative and peaceful species. that attest to humans having a peaceful heritage. p. instincts as Wilson claimed. As emphasised earlier. selfish and aggressive human condition emerged. psychological HUMAN CONDITION. Yes. for they involve groups warring. (A more comprehensive description of the human-condition-avoiding. we have an unconditionally selfless. as has been emphasised. genuinely moral instinctive conscience? Firstly. human-condition-addressing rather than humancondition-avoiding explanation of how our species’ competitive. genuinely moral conscience. dishonest biological theories on human behaviour of Sociobiology. beyond that. universally-benevolentnot-competitive-with-other-groups. ‘distinct’-from-other-animals. In summary. Evolutionary Psychology. not partially moral and partially savage. selfish and aggressive behaviour on supposed selfish. brutal instincts in us humans has been maintained. aggressive and selfish behaviour is still being denied. such as those of bonobos (Pan paniscus). psychological reason for our competitive.65) are not only the cultural memories enshrined in our myths and religions.) So.World Transformation Movement – The Book of Real Answers to Everything! they seem implausible. he seems to be saying. as Wilson and his Eusociality theory of group selection would have us believe. according to Wilson. truly loving. our moral instincts are not derived from warring with other groups of humans. then peacefully merging. then separating back out into new groups—with the altruists somehow banding together into their own groups. standing in stark contrast to Wilson’s proclamation of ‘universal and eternal’ warfare (The Social Conquest of Earth. real. what is the truthful. psychosis-addressing-and-solving biological explanation for our present seemingly-highly-imperfect human condition? And. The ‘savage instincts in us’ excuse for our selfish behaviour is entirely inconsistent with the fact that we have completely moral. what is the truthful biological explanation for the origin of our human species’ ‘awe’-inspiring. No. Multilevel Selection and Eusociality can be found in the What is Science? article in this. fully altruistic. using that ‘evidence’ to draw erroneous comparisons with the more aggressive common chimpanzees. but also an extraordinarily gentle. unconditionally selfless. But despite the propensity for unconditionally selfless traits to be exploited and thus eliminated. Wilson has put forward an argument that warring between groups of early humans where extreme cooperation would have been an advantage was a strong enough force to overcome this problem of selfish exploitation and thus allow for the selection of altruism and the emergence of our genuinely moral instincts. Overall then. online book Freedom Book 1. The Book of Real Answers to Everything!. Wilson merely cites an instance of bonobos hunting in a group. and in the words of some of our most profound thinkers. which are not only humans’ closest relatives. 58 . The real. to present the truthful. But when discussing bonobos. with the complete presentation appearing in Part 4:12 of the freely-available.

the relationship between events that occur through time.’ But such a deviation from the migratory flight path would naturally result in the instincts resisting the deviation.Conscience This explanation begins with an analysis of consciousness. what has commonly occurred in the past enables you to predict what is likely to happen in the future and to adjust your behaviour accordingly. The bird is following an instinctive flight path acquired over thousands of generations of natural selection. learn to understand and become CONSCIOUS of. or insight into. nerves can sufficiently associate information to reason how experiences are related. and the only way it can acquire that understanding is by experimenting in understanding—for example. Basically. Once insights into the nature of change are put into effect. Predictions are compared with outcomes and so on. This knowledge of. when our conscious intellect challenged our instincts for control. up until then. To elaborate. nerves were originally developed for the coordination of movement in animals. the self-modified behaviour starts to provide feedback. but the instincts—being in effect ‘unaware’ or ‘ignorant’ of the intellect’s need to carry out these experiments— ‘opposed’ any understanding-produced deviations from the established instinctive orientations: they ‘criticised’ and ‘tried to stop’ the conscious mind’s necessary search for knowledge. and unable to understand and thus explain why its experiments 59 . Thus consciousness means being sufficiently aware of how experiences are related to attempt to manage change from a basis of understanding. a battle unavoidably broke out between the instinctive self and the newer conscious self. once our self-adjusting intellect emerged it was capable of taking over the management of our lives from the instinctive orientations we had acquired through the natural selection of genetic traits that adapted us to our environment. that a terrible battle broke out between our instincts and intellect. but it now has a conscious mind that needs to understand how to behave. refining the insights further. What is so significant about this process is that once our nerve-based learning system became sufficiently developed for us to become conscious and able to effectively manage events. and such refinement occurred in the human brain. imagine what would happen if we put a fully conscious mind on the head of a migrating bird. when our conscious intellect emerged it was neither suitable nor sustainable for it to be orientated by instincts—it had to find understanding to operate effectively and fulfil its great potential to manage life. which. ‘I’ll fly down to that island and have a rest. Much developed. when our intellect began to exert itself and experiment in the management of life from a basis of understanding. in effect challenging the role of the already established instinctual self. To illustrate the situation. Obviously. or aware of. had been controlling our lives. Our intellect began to experiment in understanding as the only means of discovering the correct and incorrect understandings for managing existence. the intellect could not afford to give in to the instincts. or intelligent about. However. our conscious intellect was then in a position to wrest control from our gene-based learning system’s instincts. it was at this juncture. leaving the conscious intellect in a serious dilemma: if it obeys its instincts it will not feel ‘criticised’ by its instincts but neither will it find knowledge. the effect of which was the extremely competitive. their ability to store impressions—which is what we refer to as ‘memory’—gave rise to the potential to develop understanding of cause and effect. thinking. HOWEVER. once developed. selfish and aggressive state that we call the human condition. Very briefly. If you can remember past events. you can compare them with current events and identify regularly occurring experiences. but.

which is the dictionary definition of ‘ego’. selfless and loving. To quote Professor Harry Prosen. understanding of the human condition doesn’t condone ‘bad’ behaviour. selfish and aggressive. humans return to being cooperative. What is so exonerating.World Transformation Movement – The Book of Real Answers to Everything! in self-adjustment were necessary. all our upset angry. the intellect was left having to endure a psychologically distressed. because this explanation of the human condition is redeeming. cooperative. preoccupied with aggressively competing for opportunities to prove we are good and not bad—we unavoidably became selfish. a former president of the Canadian Psychiatric Association. but this time enlightened. Our round of departure has ended. the conscious intellect had no way of refuting the implicit criticism from the instincts even though it knew it was unjust. bringing about the complete TRANSFORMATION OF THE HUMAN RACE—and importantly. to understand that we thinking. 60 . conscience-obedient state. conscience-consistent state when he wrote. Yes. moral. Eliot wonderfully articulated our species’ journey from an original innocent. science has finally enabled us to lift the so-called ‘burden of guilt’ from the human race. 3:3. aggressive and competitive. try to deny or block from its mind the instincts’ unjust criticism. and back to an uncorrupted. loving. alienated and egocentric behaviour—in fact.S. it heals and by so doing ends it. instinctive. even ego-gone-mad-with-murderous-anger for having to live with so much unjust criticism. From being competitive. redeeming understanding of our dark. ‘knowledge’finding. to a psychologically upset. but ego-infuriated. finding the exonerating. human-condition-afflicted existence finally enables the human race to be healed and thus TRANSFORMED—it makes us ‘whole’ again. conscience-defying state. No. conscious humans are actually nothing less than the heroes of the story of life on Earth! This is because our fully conscious mind is surely nature’s greatest invention and to have had to endure the torture of being unjustly condemned as evil for so long (the anthropological evidence indicates we humans have been fully conscious for some two million years) must make us the absolute heroes of the story of life on Earth. alienated and egocentric human-condition-afflicted state appeared. We became ego-centric. egocentric and alienated behaviour now subsides. troubled. Our ‘conscious thinking self’. conscience-creating state for taking the ‘fruit… from the tree of knowledge’ (ibid. in fact. with no choice but to defy that opposition from the instincts. The poet T. self-centred or selfish. 3:23) of our original innocent. ‘We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time’ (Little Gidding. became ‘centred’ or focused on the need to justify itself. In short—and to return to our human situation because we were the species that acquired the fully conscious mind—the psychologically upset angry. that one is an orientating learning system while the other is an insightful learning system). Until the conscious mind found the redeeming understanding of why it had to defy the instincts (namely the scientific understanding of the difference in the way genes and nerves process information. psychologically upset. 2:17). upset condition. we can now see why we have not just been ego-centric. rehabilitating and healing about this explanation of the human condition is that we can finally appreciate that there was a very good reason for our angry. yet ignorant. The only forms of defiance available to the conscious intellect were to attack the instincts’ unjust criticism. 1942). We can now see that our conscious mind was NOT the evil villain it has so long been portrayed as—such as in the Bible where Adam and Eve are demonised and ‘banished…from the Garden of Eden’ (Gen. conscience-relieving and thus rehabilitating. as Jung said it would. and attempt to prove the instincts’ unjust criticism wrong. And BEST OF ALL.

from an observer’s point of view the nurturing appears to be unconditionally selfless behaviour. With understanding of the human condition we can now safely explain the truthful biological origins of our unconditionally selfless. unconditional selflessness. however. as stated. This point is most significant because it means from the infant’s perspective its mother is treating it with real love. while nurturing is a genetically selfish trait. thus ensuring its continuation from generation to generation. Genetic traits for nurturing are intrinsically selfish (which. where. as pointed out. fully altruistic. the unconditionally selfless behaviour will become instinctive—a moral conscience will be established. intrinsically selfish. In most species. warmth. In the case of primates. The question for biology is how could we humans have developed an unconditionally selfless. truly loving. The mother is giving her offspring food. So. have to be capable of independent flight almost as soon as they are born. that infant will grow into an adult who behaves unconditionally selflessly. For a species to develop nurturing—to develop this method for overcoming the gene-based learning system’s seeming inability to develop unconditional selflessness—it required the capacity to allow its offspring to remain in the infancy stage long enough for the infant’s brain to become trained or indoctrinated with unconditional selflessness or love. support and protection for apparently nothing in return. cooperative. greatest of all breakthroughs in science: ‘I have no doubt this biological explanation of the human condition is the holy grail of insight we have sought for the psychological rehabilitation of the human race’ (Freedom Book 1. And then. Genes will inevitably follow and reinforce any development process—in this they are not selective. which gives them little opportunity to be trained in selflessness. and that was through nurturing—a mother’s maternal instinct to care for her offspring. 2009. as mentioned. for example. fully altruistic. Part 2:2). for once it is regularly occurring it will naturally become instinctive over time. there was one way such unconditional selflessness could develop. how did humans develop unconditionally selfless instincts? While selfeliminating genetic traits apparently cannot develop in animals. shelter.Conscience on this dreamed-of. genuinely moral instinctive conscience? How can such instinctive behaviour possibly develop when the fundamental biological assumption is that unconditionally selfless instinctive traits cannot develop genetically because self-sacrificing traits tend to self-eliminate and for a trait to develop and become established in a species it needs to reproduce and carry on? The most selflessness that can seemingly be developed genetically is reciprocity. with this training in unconditional selflessness occurring over many generations. The difficulty is in getting the development of unconditional selflessness to occur in the first place. fully integrated society. genuinely moral instinctive conscience. being already semi-upright as a result 61 . infancy has to be kept as brief as possible because of the infant’s extreme vulnerability to predators. an animal behaves selflessly on the condition it will be treated selflessly in return. However. Apply this training across all the members of that infant’s group and the result is an unconditionally selflessly behaved. genetic traits normally have to be) because through a mother’s nurturing and fostering of offspring who carry her genes her genetic traits for nurturing are selfishly ensuring their reproduction into the next generation. which means the trait is. The infant’s brain is therefore being trained or indoctrinated or inscribed with unconditional selflessness and so. Zebras. with enough training in unconditional selflessness.

D. arboreal heritage. peaceful bonobo chimpanzee species provide a living example of a species in the midst of developing this training-in-love process.World Transformation Movement – The Book of Real Answers to Everything! of their tree-living. Book IV. sound love all but impossible. it is only now that we can truthfully explain the human condition that we can afford to tell the real story behind our ‘awe’-inspiring conscience—and admit that Rousseau was right when he said. upright walking—which means bipedalism must have developed early in this nurturing of love process. 62 . that we can safely admit the critical part nurturing played both in the emergence of our species and in our own lives. 1755. ‘collective unconscious’. p. The exceptionally maternal. our soul did become ‘unconscious’. which means it can never make sense of experience and thus never become conscious. Cole.198). the more and longer infants had to be held. while mothers’ training of their infants in unconditional selflessness enabled an unconditionally selflessly behaved. swinging-from-branch-to-branch. fully cooperative society to develop. a mind that is alienated from the truth. we can now also understand why and when we began to walk upright: the longer infancy is delayed. but very briefly. tr. through nurturing we acquired our born-with. and thus the greater the selection for arms-freed. matriarchal. fully altruistic. It is only now that we can explain why we developed such upset angry. and in fact the early appearance of bipedalism in the fossil record of our ancestors is now being found. instinctive self or ‘soul’. and that is how we acquired our unconditionally selfless. It was our distant primate ancestors who perfected the process. cooperatively behaved. however. In truth. this training in unconditional selflessness had an accidental by-product: it produced brains trained to think selflessly and thus truthfully and thus effectively and thus become ‘conscious’ of the relationship of events that occur through time. 1913. which they are unable to recognise. a subterranean part of our conscious mind. the nature vs nurture debate has really been about defensively trying to argue against the importance of nurturing in the lives of our children. ‘nothing is more gentle than man in his primitive state’ (The Social Contract and Discourses. etc. our species’ ‘psychological rehabilitation’ can now begin! Understandably. as Professor Prosen said. Thus. Other species who can’t develop unconditional selflessness can’t think truthfully and thus effectively because unconditional selflessness. G. In light of this.H. is the truthful theme or meaning of existence. The point is. the ‘voice’ of which is our moral ‘conscience’. Selfishness-practicing species have an emerging mind that is dishonestly orientated. which unavoidably made nurturing our children with real. which means they were especially facilitated for prolonging their offspring’s infancy and thus developing unconditionally selfless behaviour. The Origin of Inequality. you can’t hope to think truthfully and thus effectively if you’re lying. Yes. egocentric and psychotic and neurotic alienated lives. The question still to be answered is why was it that humans acquired a fully conscious mind while other species didn’t? The answer is explained in Part 8:4C of Freedom Book 1. but nurturing that gave us our moral conscience and made us human—as has been said ‘people would rather admit to being an axe murderer than being a bad father or mother’ (Sun-Herald. 7 July 2002). because we had to repress and deny it for its unjust condemnation of us—but no more. their arms were semi-freed from walking and thus available to hold a helpless infant. Yes. etc. as Carl Jung described our shared-by-everyone instinctive self or soul. until we could truthfully explain the good reason humans became embattled with the human condition and thus unable to adequately nurture their children it has been psychologically unbearable to admit that it wasn’t tool use or language development or mastery of fire.

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we humans have been the most ferocious and destructive force that has ever lived on Earth. 2011 How are we to understand and resolve the historic battle of so-called ‘good vs evil’ in the world? Basically. dishonest account of it that the biologist E. real explanation of it. the agonising. greed and indifference] could we defeat those dark forces with a true understanding of their nature and origin’ (Jung and the Story of Our Time. ‘good vs evil’-reconciling. able to provide the dreamedof. to use the .24). rape. but the psychosis-addressingand-solving.145) and that ‘Only by understanding how we were all a part of the same contemporary pattern [of wars. at last. trivialising. core. And it’s this conflicted situation that we needed to find understanding of—how are we to understand and by so doing resolve the battle of ‘good vs evil’ in the human make-up? Or. can we humans ever become truly moral beings? MOST WONDERFULLY. specifically the dark side of human nature? In fact. 1964. are we ever going to be able to explain the HUMAN CONDITION? And. Are humans good or are we possibly the terrible mistake that all the evidence seems to unequivocally indicate we might be? While it’s undeniable that humans are capable of great love. more particularly.O. we also have an unspeakable history of brutality. Wilson has put forward in his theory of Eusociality. and. p.Good vs Evil Written by Australian biologist Jeremy Griffith. cruelty. HUMAN-RACE-TRANSFORMING explanation of our ‘good and evil’-conflicted human condition! (And it should be mentioned that this explanation of our species’ deeply psychologically troubled condition is not the psychosis-avoiding. ‘burden-of-guilt’-lifting and thus psychologically healing. The pre-eminent philosopher Sir Laurens van der Post was making the same point when he said that ‘True love is love of the difficult and unlovable’ (Journey Into Russia. in so doing. how are we to make sense of human behaviour. the answer to these last two core questions about human existence is YES! Biology is now.) The famous psychoanalyst Carl Jung was forever saying that ‘wholeness for humans depends on the ability to own their own shadow’ because he recognised that only finding understanding of our dark side could end the underlying insecurity in us humans about our fundamental goodness and worth. ‘good vs evil’-conflicted. even ‘fallen’ or corrupted. make us ‘whole’. underlying. 1976. exonerating. Yes. real question in all of human life has been the issue of our seemingly-imperfect. socalled HUMAN CONDITION. murder and war—despite all our marvellous accomplishments. p. torture.

sinful. Yes. the issue of our species’ ‘good and evil’/‘yin and yang’-afflicted. We cannot rest in the thought that that distinction is ultimate…we cannot bear to be faced with the distinction between good and evil for ever’ (The Destiny of Man. truthful. the main one being that we have savage animal instincts that make us fight and compete for food. as our far-from-ideal behaviour has historically been termed? What is ‘the origin of sin’. understand and resolve our historic ‘good vs evil’-conflicted existence? Certainly. p. less-than-ideal. what is the biological explanation for ‘sin’. p. psychosis-addressing-and-solving. etc. Firstly. deluded. Carl Jung was referring to the terrifying subject of our ‘good vs evil’-embattled human condition when he wrote that ‘When it [our shadow] appears…it is quite within the bounds of possibility for a man to recognize the relative evil of his nature.Good vs Evil Eastern description of the fundamental poles involved in the human condition—how are we to reconcile our ‘Yin and Yang’? Yes. artificial.G. this ‘explanation’. shelter. mean.O. breakthrough. psychological HUMAN CONDITION. We humans suffer from a consciousness-derived. 1931. state. The real issue—the psychological problem in our thinking minds that we have suffered from—is the dilemma of our human condition. in fact. selfish and aggressive behaviour. 65 . of the valuable and the worthless. we have invented excuses to justify our species’ seemingly-imperfect competitive. what is the dreamed-of. real biological explanation of the human condition that at last allows us to acknowledge. and as ‘the black box inside of humans they can’t go near’. So. and. selfish and brutal that human life has become all but unbearable and we have nearly destroyed our own planet?! Unable—until now—to truthfully answer this deepest and darkest of all questions about the origin and meaning of our ‘good vs evil’. but it is a rare and shattering experience for him to gaze into the face of absolute evil’ (Aion in The Collected Works of C. human-condition-afflicted existence. we learnt to avoid the whole depressing subject—so much so. Vol. why are we so ruthlessly competitive. Sociobiology. more particularly. in describing both the agony of our ‘good vs evil’-afflicted state or predicament and the need to resolve it. that the human condition has been described as ‘the personal unspeakable’. selfish and aggressive when clearly the ideals of life are to be the complete opposite. selfish and aggressive behaviour. how can it be ameliorated? Even in our everyday behaviour. Descriptions like egocentric. 9/2. Of course. psychological dimension to our behaviour. why have we humans been so competitive. not an instinct-controlled animal condition—our condition is unique to us fully conscious humans. he wrote that ‘There is a deadly pain in the very distinction of good and evil. Jung. immoral. all imply a consciousness-derived.15). which has been put forward in the biological theories of Social Darwinism. Wilson’s Eusociality and basically argues that ‘genes are competitive and selfish and that’s why we are’. alienated. Multilevel Selection and E. Evolutionary Psychology. Indeed. it overlooks the fact that our human behaviour involves our unique fully conscious thinking mind. arrogant. the ‘face of absolute evil’ in our ‘nature’ is the ‘shattering’ possibility—if we allowed our minds to think about it—that we humans might indeed be a terrible mistake! The great philosopher Nikolai Berdyaev certainly wasn’t exaggerating when. (A brief description of the theories of Social Darwinism. even ‘fallen’ or corrupted.10). can’t be the real explanation for our competitive. territory and a mate. hateful. namely cooperative. selfless and loving? In fact.

cooperative. No. Once insights into the nature of change are put into effect. selfish and aggressive behaviour is that it overlooks the fact that we humans have altruistic. refining the insights further. which. online book Freedom Book 1. from situations where you only do something for others in return for a benefit from them.) So. the point being made here is that the savage-instincts-in-us excuse is completely inconsistent with the fact that we have genuine and entirely moral instincts. NOT savage instincts. Basically. our conscious intellect was then in a position to wrest control from our gene-based learning system’s instincts. we have an unconditionally selfless. once developed. and more fully explained in Part 8:4 of Freedom Book 1—however. What is so significant about this process is that once our nerve-based learning system became sufficiently developed for us to become conscious and able to effectively manage events. once our self-adjusting intellect emerged it was capable of taking over the management of 66 . loving moral instincts—what we recognise as our ‘conscience’—and these moral instincts in us are not derived from reciprocity.) The second reason the savage-instincts-in-us excuse can’t possibly be the real explanation for our divisive. learn to understand and become CONSCIOUS of. Evolutionary Psychology. the self-modified behaviour starts to provide feedback. Much developed. and such refinement occurred in the human brain. biological explanation of our ‘good vs evil’-conflicted behaviour? The answer begins with an analysis of consciousness. nerves were originally developed for the coordination of movement in animals. but. Thus consciousness means being sufficiently aware of how experiences are related to attempt to manage change from a basis of understanding. Multilevel Selection and Eusociality that blame our divisive behaviour on savage instincts rather than on a consciousness-derived psychosis is presented in the What is Science? article in this. universallyconsiderate-of-others-not-competitive-with-other-groups. truly loving. p. If you can remember past events. you can compare them with current events and identify regularly occurring experiences. human-condition-addressing rather than human-conditionavoiding. with the complete account provided in Part 4:12 of the freely-available. This knowledge of. (How we humans acquired unconditionally selfless moral instincts when it would seem that an unconditionally selfless. nerves can sufficiently associate information to reason how experiences are related. fully altruistic trait is going to self-eliminate and thus not ever be able to become established in a species is briefly explained in the above-mentioned What is Science? article. as Evolutionary Psychologists would have us believe. Charles Darwin recognised the difference in our moral nature when he said that ‘the moral sense affords the best and highest distinction between man and the lower animals’ (The Descent of Man. had been controlling our lives. or insight into. 1871. or aware of. selfish and aggressive: it was fully cooperative. what is the truthful. And nor are they derived from warring with other groups of humans as advocates of the theory of Eusociality would have us believe. up until then. what has commonly occurred in the past enables you to predict what is likely to happen in the future and to adjust your behaviour accordingly.495). The Book of Real Answers to Everything!. their ability to store impressions—which is what we refer to as ‘memory’—gave rise to the potential to develop understanding of cause and effect. fully altruistic. genuinely moral conscience. selfless and loving. Predictions are compared with outcomes and so on. the relationship between events that occur through time. Our original instinctive state was the opposite of being competitive. or intelligent about.World Transformation Movement – The Book of Real Answers to Everything! Sociobiology. Very briefly.

anger. egocentricity and alienation. Until the conscious mind found the redeeming understanding of why it had to defy the instincts (namely the scientific understanding of the difference in the way genes and nerves process information.Good vs Evil our lives from the instinctive orientations we had acquired through the natural selection of genetic traits that adapted us to our environment. they are simply different manifestations of the three fundamental aspects of our upset of anger. the intellect was left having to endure a psychologically distressed. try to deny or block from its mind the instincts’ unjust criticism. The bird is following an instinctive flight path acquired over thousands of generations of natural selection. it was at this juncture. and attempt to prove the instincts’ unjust criticism wrong. preoccupied with aggressively competing for opportunities to prove we are good and not bad—we unavoidably became selfish. in effect challenging the role of the already established instinctual self. selfish and aggressive state that we call the human condition. a battle unavoidably broke out between the instinctive self and the newer conscious self.’ But such a deviation from the migratory flight path would naturally result in the instincts resisting the deviation. thinking. Obviously. with no choice but to defy that opposition from the instincts. that a terrible battle broke out between our instincts and intellect. but the instincts—being in effect ‘unaware’ or ‘ignorant’ of the intellect’s need to carry out these experiments— ‘opposed’ any understanding-produced deviations from the established instinctive orientations: they ‘criticised’ and ‘tried to stop’ the conscious mind’s necessary search for knowledge. ‘I’ll fly down to that island and have a rest. the effect of which was the extremely competitive. but it now has a conscious mind that needs to understand how to behave. when our conscious intellect challenged our instincts for control. became ‘centred’ or focused on the need to justify itself. upset condition. when our intellect began to exert itself and experiment in the management of life from a basis of understanding. the intellect could not afford to give in to the instincts. To elaborate. HOWEVER. Regarding the so-called Seven Deadly Sins of lust. aggressive and competitive. gluttony and sloth. However. Our ‘conscious thinking self’. leaving the conscious intellect in a serious dilemma: if it obeys its instincts it will not feel ‘criticised’ by its instincts but neither will it find knowledge. To illustrate the situation. and unable to understand and thus explain why its experiments in self-adjustment were necessary. The only forms of defiance available to the conscious intellect were to attack the instincts’ unjust criticism. pride. when our conscious intellect emerged it was neither suitable nor sustainable for it to be orientated by instincts—it had to find understanding to operate effectively and fulfil its great potential to manage life. 67 . Our intellect began to experiment in understanding as the only means of discovering the correct and incorrect understandings for managing existence. covetousness. imagine what would happen if we put a fully conscious mind on the head of a migrating bird. self-centred or selfish. We became ego-centric. the conscious intellect had no way of refuting the implicit criticism from the instincts even though it knew it was unjust. that one is an orientating learning system while the other is an insightful learning system). which is the dictionary definition of ‘ego’. In short—and to return to our human situation because we were the species that acquired the fully conscious mind—the psychologically upset angry. envy. and the only way it can acquire that understanding is by experimenting in understanding—for example. alienated and egocentric ‘good vs evil’-afflicted state appeared.

rehabilitating and healing about this explanation of the human condition is that we can finally appreciate that there was a very good reason for our angry. conscious humans are actually nothing less than the heroes of the story of life on Earth! This is because our fully conscious mind is surely nature’s greatest invention and to have had to endure the torture of being unjustly condemned as evil for so long (the anthropological evidence indicates we humans have been fully conscious for some two million years) must make us the absolute heroes of the story of life on Earth. moral state for taking the ‘fruit…from the tree of knowledge’ (ibid. selfless and loving. on this dreamed-of. humans return to being cooperative. corrupted state. See also: Human condition —What is science?—What is love?— Soul — Conscience —What is the meaning of life?— Is there a God?— Our ego and egocentric lives — How can we save the world?— Consciousness — Human nature — Why do people lie? For a book of these explanations to keep or give to others. 2009. with understanding of the human condition found ALL the great issues finally become explainable. to a psychologically upset ‘fallen’. psychologically upset. science has finally enabled us to lift the so-called ‘burden of guilt’ from the human race. redeeming understanding of our dark.worldtransformation. allloving. 3:3. 1942). 2:17).World Transformation Movement – The Book of Real Answers to Everything! What is so exonerating.S. troubled. To quote Professor Harry Prosen. egocentric and alienated behaviour now subsides.) From being competitive. human-condition-afflicted existence finally enables the human race to be healed and thus TRANSFORMED—it makes us ‘whole’ again. print The Book of Real Answers to Everything! by Jeremy Griffith. to understand that we thinking. but this time enlightened. And BEST OF ALL. finding the exonerating. because this explanation of our deeply troubled. ‘good vs evil’-conflicted human condition is redeeming and thus rehabilitating. We can now see that our conscious mind was NOT the evil villain it has so long been portrayed as—such as in the Bible where Adam and Eve are demonised and ‘banished…from the Garden of Eden’ (Gen. The poet T. greatest of all breakthroughs in science: ‘I have no doubt this biological explanation of the human condition is the holy grail of insight we have sought for the psychological rehabilitation of the human race’ (Freedom Book 1. it heals and by so doing ends it. 3:23) of our original innocent. state. Yes. bringing about the complete TRANSFORMATION OF THE HUMAN RACE from a ‘good vs evil’-troubled state to a ‘good vs evil’-reconciled state. as Jung said it would. even ego-gone-mad-with-murderous-anger for having to live with so much unjust criticism. No. alienated and egocentric behaviour—in fact. all our upset angry. at www. Our round of departure has ended. understanding of the human condition doesn’t condone ‘bad’ behaviour. Part 2:2). in fact. selfish and aggressive. ‘knowledge’-finding. ‘We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time’ (Little Gidding. state when he wrote. we can now see why we have not just been ego-centric. yet ignorant. As just demonstrated. a former president of the Canadian Psychiatric Association.com/real-answers and/or 68 . and back to an uncorrupted. (Importantly. Eliot wonderfully articulated our species’ journey from an original innocent. featuring a Foreword by Professor Harry Prosen. but ego-infuriated.

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human-race-transforming. redeeming and thus psychologically rehabilitating explanation of our seemingly-highly-imperfect. WHY THEN ARE WE HUMANS COMPETITIVE. MOST WONDERFULLY. we needed to first explain our DIVISIVE human condition because only then could we face this truth of the ordering-of-matter. INTEGRATIVE meaning of life! And. planets and galaxies. thus allowing us to safely admit that the meaning of life is to behave in an integrative cooperative. selfless and loving way. Yes. and the integrative. real explanation of the human condition. dishonest account of it that the biologist E. biology is now able to provide that long dreamedof. 2011 There IS an answer to the question of ‘what is the meaning of life’. 28 Apr. 1997). Gregory Benford.What is the Meaning of Life? Written by Australian biologist Jeremy Griffith. So the theme or purpose or meaning of existence is the ordering or integration or complexification of matter. 2002). real explanation of it. cooperationdependent law of Negative Entropy implies that we should live cooperatively. Here on Earth. respectively. The world’s greatest physicists. . have said. reconciling. and that ‘behind everything is an order’ this ‘order’ IS apparent everywhere.O. selflessly and lovingly. Over the eons a chaotic universe organised itself into stars. (It should be mentioned that this explanation of our species’ deeply psychologically troubled condition is not the psychosisavoiding. BUT until we could explain our seemingly-imperfect. ‘good-and-evil’-afflicted HUMAN CONDITION we couldn’t afford to acknowledge what that meaning is. Sydney Morning Herald.) Before presenting the all-important. Wilson has put forward in his theory of Eusociality. but the psychosis-addressing-and-solving. divisively-behaved human condition. atoms became ordered or integrated to form molecules → which in turn integrated to form compounds → virus-like organisms → single-celled organisms → multicellular organisms → and then societies of multicellular organisms. that ‘The overwhelming impression is of order…[in] the universe’ (‘The Time of His Life’. Overall. trivialising. what is happening on Earth is that matter is becoming ordered into larger wholes. Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein. Since life is subject to the laws of physics. a process that is driven by the physical law of Negative (Einstein Revealed. SELFISH AND AGGRESSIVE? Yes. PBS. the following scientific explanation of the integrative meaning of life makes it very clear why we couldn’t admit this truth while we were unable to explain the human condition.

we have been so divisive. one could say that this order was the work of God.’ In John 15:13 we also see that Christ emphasised the unconditionally selfless significance of the word ‘love’ when he said. 5th edn. p. are both terms that recognise this integrative ‘tendency’. which means charity or giving or selflessness. selfless and loving—left humans feeling unbearably condemned as bad. which is defined as ‘the belief that purpose and design are a part of nature’ (Macquarie Dictionary. the concept of ‘God’ is actually our personification of this truth of Integrative Meaning. 2002).‘God’ is the integrative. and ‘teleology’. the more we find that it is governed by rational laws. It is little wonder then that we humans have been. unconditionally selfless theme of existence. secondly. Of these biblical references.What is the Meaning of Life? Entropy. ‘I would use the term God as the embodiment of the laws of physics’ (Master of the Universe. selfless and loving. and John 15:13. the old Christian word for love was ‘caritas’. This is religiousness. and. explain our in-humanity—truthfully explain the human condition no less. Indeed. Indeed. Einstein thought so…We could call order by the name of God’ (‘The Time of His Life’. which binds them all together in perfect unity.142). God-revering to the point of being God-worshipping—not God-confronting! When the scientist-philosopher Teilhard de Chardin wrote. I am a religious man’ (Einstein Revealed. 16). So consider-others-above-yourself. 1997). In this sense. It’s the glue that holds the world together and what we really mean by the term ‘love’. as we say. if we consider religious terminology. the problem was that until we could truthfully explain the human condition we needed the concept of ‘God’ to remain safely abstract and undefined—we couldn’t afford to demystify ‘God’. 10:24. Sydney Morning Herald. Gregory Benford. 1938. PBS. and. admit and accept that the meaning of life is to be integrative. 1998). 1 Cor. ‘Greater love has no-one than this. 1989). 28 Apr. Einstein: ‘over time. As it says in the Bible. Again. which fortunately we now can—would it be psychologically safe to confront. I have come to realise that behind everything is an order that we glimpse only indirectly [because it’s unbearably confronting/condemning!]. evil or unworthy for our divisive competitive. Furthermore. selfish and aggressive. Colossians 3:14 perfectly summarises the integrative significance of love: ‘And over all these virtues put on love. 1964). which the dictionary defines as ‘the tendency in nature to form wholes’ (Concise Oxford Dictionary. Hawking: ‘The overwhelming impression is of order. HOWEVER. that this truth of the integrative ‘direction’ or theme or purpose or meaning of existence wouldn’t be able to be ‘admitted’ until the 71 . a line and a direction which are in fact so well marked that I am convinced their reality will be universally admitted by the science of tomorrow’ (The Phenomenon of Man. ‘God-fearing’—in fact. selfless and loving. unconditional selflessness is the underlying theme of existence. so ruthlessly competitive. seeminglyunloving behaviour. and if we include more of what Hawking and Einstein said we can see that they both agree. ‘Holism’. 3:14. altruistic. ‘I can see a direction and a line of progress for life. he was recognising firstly how obvious the integrative. admit the truth that the meaning of life is to be integrative. ‘God is love’ (1 John 4:8. The more we discover about the universe. selfishness is divisive or disintegrative while selflessness is integrative. 3rd edn. 13:1–13. that one lay down his life for his friends. If one liked. BBC. order-of-matterdeveloping theme of existence is. selfish and brutal that human life has become all but unbearable and we have nearly destroyed our own planet! ONLY when we could truthfully explain the good reason WHY we humans have not been ideally behaved. the great problem with this truth of the integrative meaning of life is that for a larger whole to form and hold together the parts of that whole must consider the welfare of the whole above their own welfare—put simply. see Col.’ BUT acknowledging and accepting this truth—that the meaning of life is to be integrative cooperative.

The famous psychoanalyst Carl Jung was forever saying that ‘wholeness for humans depends on the ability to own their own shadow’ because he recognised that only finding understanding of our dark side could end our underlying insecurity about our fundamental goodness and worth as humans and. selfish and aggressive. ‘Yesterday’s’ scientists avoided the overarching. selfish and aggressive behaviour—for our inconsistency with the integrative meaning of life. As we understand more in each realm. the cooperative. not ‘teleological’ and ‘holistic’—and the contrivance they developed to avoid the truth of Integrative Meaning was to assert that there is no direction or meaning to existence and that change is random. the great hope implicit in the reductionist. we have invented excuses to justify our species’ seemingly-imperfect competitive. as the Nobel Prizewinning physicist Charles H. And it is also only now that the integrative ideals and our lack of compliance with them can be reconciled and religion and science ‘converge’. Vol. trivialising. dreamed-of.World Transformation Movement – The Book of Real Answers to Everything! human-condition-resolved ‘science of tomorrow’ emerged. it is only now that we can at last explain the human condition that we can understand and thus heal that divisive competitive.3.) So. psychologically ameliorating. harmonious integrated state. 1966). which is the key insight that at last made it possible to explain the human condition. dishonest account of it that E. what is the wonderful. ‘I take a very strong stance against the mingling of religion and science’ (National Geographic Magazine. The main excuse has been that we have savage animal instincts that make 72 . which relievingly it now has. So it is only now that the human condition has been explained that de Chardin’s integrative-‘direction’-or-theme-or-purpose-or-meaning-acknowledging ‘science of tomorrow’ can emerge. make us ‘whole’ and restore our humanity.O. exonerating. through the gradual accumulation of knowledge about the mechanisms of the workings of our world. in so doing. Wilson put forward in his theory of Eusociality.O. Yes. finding understanding of our less-than-ideally-behaved human condition is the crucial insight we needed to psychologically rehabilitate the human race. but the psychosisaddressing-and-solving. mechanistic approach was that by finding understanding of the mechanisms of the workings of our world its practitioners would at least be assembling the means by which the human condition might one day be able to be explained—and that is exactly what they achieved. selfless and loving? Certainly. to avoid religion’s acknowledgement of Integrative Meaning (albeit an indirect and abstract acknowledgement in the form of the concept of ‘God’) ‘yesterday’s’ scientists claimed that religion and science were two totally unrelated realms—to the point that E. scientists found understanding of the difference in the way genes and nerves function. the two must grow together…converge they must’ (‘The Convergence of Science and Religion’. real biological explanation of the human condition that at last makes it safe to admit that the meaning of life is to be integrative. Furthermore. Indeed. As will be described shortly. Townes truthfully admitted. Furthermore. Of course. May 2006).1 No. seemingly‘unGodly’ condition! (Again. real explanation of it. Zygon. it has to be stressed that this explanation of our deeply psychologically troubled condition is not the psychosis-avoiding. truthful. truthful whole view of the integrative meaning of existence and the issue of the human condition it raised and instead adopted a reduced view that only focused down on to the details about the mechanisms of the workings of our world—they have been what’s called ‘reductionist’ and ‘mechanistic’. Wilson has said. ‘they [religion and science] both represent man’s efforts to understand his universe and must ultimately be dealing with the same substance.

truly loving. less-than-ideal. from situations where you only do something for others in return for a benefit from them. p. Multilevel Selection and Eusociality that blame our divisive behaviour on savage instincts rather than on a consciousness-derived psychosis is presented in the What is Science? article in this. the point being made here is that the savage-instincts-in-us excuse is completely inconsistent with the fact that we have genuine and entirely moral instincts. arrogant. this ‘explanation’.What is the Meaning of Life? us fight and compete for food. The Book of Real Answers to Everything!. Our species’ original instinctive alignment WAS TO the integrative. their ability to store impressions—which is what we refer to as ‘memory’—gave rise to the potential to develop understanding of cause and effect. Of course. 1871. selfless and loving. not an instinct-controlled animal condition—our condition is unique to us fully conscious humans. loving moral instincts—what we recognise as our ‘conscience’—and these moral instincts in us that are aligned to the integrative. can’t be the real explanation for our competitive. universally-considerateof-others-not-competitive-with-other-groups. but. (A brief description of the theories of Social Darwinism. competitive. fully altruistic trait is going to selfeliminate and thus not ever be able to become established in a species is briefly explained in the above-mentioned What is Science? article. ‘trailing clouds of glory do we come. NOT savage instincts. selfish and aggressive behaviour. it overlooks the fact that our human behaviour involves our unique fully conscious thinking mind.) So. cooperative. fully altruistic. Firstly. the issue of our species’ ‘goodand-evil’-afflicted. ‘Godly’ meaning of life. psychological HUMAN CONDITION. mean. once developed. Sociobiology. Our original instinctive state was the opposite of being competitive.) The second reason the savage-instincts-in-us excuse can’t possibly be the real explanation for our divisive. alienated. with the complete account provided in Part 4:12 of the freely-available. selfish and aggressive behaviour? The answer begins with an analysis of consciousness. genuinely moral conscience. what is the truthful. which has been put forward in the biological theories of Social Darwinism. Evolutionary Psychology. No. selfish and aggressive behaviour is that it overlooks the fact that we humans have altruistic.495). 73 . who is our home’. Descriptions like egocentric. nerves were originally developed for the coordination of movement in animals. Intimations of Immortality. human-condition-addressing rather than human-conditionavoiding. psychological dimension to our behaviour. Evolutionary Psychology. artificial. Very briefly. even ‘fallen’ or corrupted state. etc. and more fully explained in Part 8:4 of Freedom Book 1—however. truly loving. Wilson’s Eusociality and basically argues that ‘genes are competitive and selfish and that’s why we are’. immoral. as Evolutionary Psychologists would have us believe. Multilevel Selection and E. deluded. The real issue—the psychological problem in our thinking minds that we have suffered from—is the dilemma of our human condition.O. shelter. selfish and aggressive: it was fully cooperative. selfless. And nor are they derived from warring with other groups of humans as advocates of the theory of Eusociality would have us believe. as William Wordsworth wrote in his great poem. all imply a consciousness-derived. Charles Darwin recognised the difference in our moral nature when he said that ‘the moral sense affords the best and highest distinction between man and the lower animals’ (The Descent of Man. loving meaning of life are not derived from reciprocity. We humans suffer from a consciousness-derived. hateful. territory and a mate. biological explanation of our species’ present seemingly-imperfect. from God. online book Freedom Book 1. Sociobiology. (How we humans acquired unconditionally selfless moral instincts when it would seem that an unconditionally selfless. we have an unconditionally selfless.

nerves can sufficiently associate information to reason how experiences are related. leaving the conscious intellect in a serious dilemma: if it obeys its instincts it will not feel ‘criticised’ by its instincts but neither will it find knowledge. up until then. had been controlling our lives. a battle unavoidably broke out between the instinctive self and the newer conscious self. selfish and aggressive state that we call the human condition. and unable to understand and thus explain why its experiments in self-adjustment were necessary. or aware of.World Transformation Movement – The Book of Real Answers to Everything! If you can remember past events. thinking. what has commonly occurred in the past enables you to predict what is likely to happen in the future and to adjust your behaviour accordingly. ‘I’ll fly down to that island and have a rest. Obviously. Once insights into the nature of change are put into effect. once our self-adjusting intellect emerged it was capable of taking over the management of our lives from the instinctive orientations we had acquired through the natural selection of genetic traits that adapted us to our environment. it was at this juncture. the relationship between events that occur through time. Until the conscious mind found the redeeming understanding of why it had to defy the instincts (namely the scientific understanding of the difference in the way genes and nerves process 74 . Thus consciousness means being sufficiently aware of how experiences are related to attempt to manage change from a basis of understanding. or intelligent about. the intellect could not afford to give in to the instincts. that a terrible battle broke out between our instincts and intellect. This knowledge of. The bird is following an instinctive flight path acquired over thousands of generations of natural selection. our conscious intellect was then in a position to wrest control from our gene-based learning system’s instincts. Our intellect began to experiment in understanding as the only means of discovering the correct and incorrect understandings for managing existence. the conscious intellect had no way of refuting the implicit criticism from the instincts even though it knew it was unjust. However.’ But such a deviation from the migratory flight path would naturally result in the instincts resisting the deviation. and such refinement occurred in the human brain. What is so significant about this process is that once our nerve-based learning system became sufficiently developed for us to become conscious and able to effectively manage events. but it now has a conscious mind that needs to understand how to behave. To elaborate. the effect of which was the extremely competitive. Predictions are compared with outcomes and so on. which. when our conscious intellect emerged it was neither suitable nor sustainable for it to be orientated by instincts—it had to find understanding to operate effectively and fulfil its great potential to manage life. and the only way it can acquire that understanding is by experimenting in understanding—for example. refining the insights further. but the instincts—being in effect ‘unaware’ or ‘ignorant’ of the intellect’s need to carry out these experiments— ‘opposed’ any understanding-produced deviations from the established instinctive orientations: they ‘criticised’ and ‘tried to stop’ the conscious mind’s necessary search for knowledge. the self-modified behaviour starts to provide feedback. Much developed. HOWEVER. when our conscious intellect challenged our instincts for control. Basically. learn to understand and become CONSCIOUS of. or insight into. you can compare them with current events and identify regularly occurring experiences. in effect challenging the role of the already established instinctual self. To illustrate the situation. when our intellect began to exert itself and experiment in the management of life from a basis of understanding. imagine what would happen if we put a fully conscious mind on the head of a migrating bird.

upset condition. rehabilitating and healing about this explanation of the human condition is that we can finally appreciate that there was a very good reason for our angry. The only forms of defiance available to the conscious intellect were to attack the instincts’ unjust criticism. became ‘centred’ or focused on the need to justify itself. but ego-infuriated. We became ego-centric. bringing about the complete TRANSFORMATION OF THE HUMAN RACE—and importantly. with no choice but to defy that opposition from the instincts. which is the dictionary definition of ‘ego’. corrupted state. in fact. try to deny or block from its mind the instincts’ unjust criticism. moral state for taking the ‘fruit…from the tree of knowledge’ (ibid. 1942). 75 . We can now see that our conscious mind was NOT the evil villain it has so long been portrayed as—such as in the Bible where Adam and Eve are demonised and ‘banished…from the Garden of Eden’ (Gen. but this time enlightened. a former president of the Canadian Psychiatric Association. understanding of the human condition doesn’t condone ‘bad’ behaviour. allloving. are all reconciled. From being competitive. all our upset angry. Our ‘conscious thinking self’. religion and science. ‘We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time’ (Little Gidding. and back to an uncorrupted. state when he wrote. preoccupied with aggressively competing for opportunities to prove we are good and not bad—we unavoidably became selfish. that one is an orientating learning system while the other is an insightful learning system). state. aggressive and competitive. 3:3. alienated and egocentric behaviour—in fact. The poet T. self-centred or selfish. we can now see why we have not just been ego-centric. Part 2:2).S. on this dreamed-of. the intellect was left having to endure a psychologically distressed. Our round of departure has ended. our instinct and intellect. 2009. What is so exonerating. even ego-gone-mad-with-murderous-anger for having to live with so much unjust criticism. And BEST OF ALL. to a psychologically upset ‘fallen’. meaning of life-defying. selfish and aggressive. humans return to being cooperative. yet ignorant. Yes. To quote Professor Harry Prosen. it heals and by so doing ends it. Eliot wonderfully articulated our species’ journey from an original innocent. as Jung said it would. God and man. human-condition-afflicted existence finally enables the human race to be healed and thus TRANSFORMED—it makes us ‘whole’ again. science has finally enabled us to lift the so-called ‘burden of guilt’ from the human race. conscious humans are actually nothing less than the heroes of the story of life on Earth! This is because our fully conscious mind is surely nature’s greatest invention and to have had to endure the torture of being unjustly condemned as evil for so long (the anthropological evidence indicates we humans have been fully conscious for some two million years) must make us the absolute heroes of the story of life on Earth. 3:23) of our original innocent. Finally. 2:17). No. ‘knowledge’-finding. In short—and to return to our human situation because we were the species that acquired the fully conscious mind—the psychologically upset angry. egocentric and alienated behaviour now subsides. because this explanation of the human condition is redeeming and thus rehabilitating. alienated and egocentric human-condition-afflicted state appeared. redeeming understanding of our dark. greatest of all breakthroughs in science: ‘I have no doubt this biological explanation of the human condition is the holy grail of insight we have sought for the psychological rehabilitation of the human race’ (Freedom Book 1. finding the exonerating. to understand that we thinking.What is the Meaning of Life? information. psychologically upset. selfless and loving. the integrative meaning of life and the inconsistency of our behaviour with that meaning. and attempt to prove the instincts’ unjust criticism wrong.

All rights reserved.com/freedom Copyright © Fedmex Pty Ltd (ACN 096 099 286) 2011-2013.com/real-answers . with understanding of the human condition found ALL the great issues finally become explainable. specifically Part 8:1 for more on Integrative Meaning.worldtransformation.World Transformation Movement – The Book of Real Answers to Everything! As just demonstrated. the definitive book on the world-transforming explanation of the human condition.com/real-answers and/or Watch videos on the biological explanation of the human condition and the dreamed-of TRANSFORMATION of the human race that it brings about at www. See also: Human condition —What is science?—What is love?— Soul — Conscience — Good vs Evil — Is there a God?— Our ego and egocentric lives — How can we save the world?— Consciousness — Human nature — Why do people lie? For a book of these explanations to keep or give to others. print The Book of Real Answers to Everything! by Jeremy Griffith.worldtransformation. at www.worldtransformation.worldtransformation. featuring a Foreword by Professor Harry Prosen. at www.com and/or Read Freedom. www.

competitive. trivialising. 1997). reconciling. 3rd edn. ‘Holism’. 1964). dishonest account of it that the biologist E. biology is now finally able to provide the dreamed-of.) Before presenting the all-important. selfless and loving theme or purpose or meaning of existence! Yes. planets and galaxies. Over the eons a chaotic universe organised itself into stars. 5th edn. PBS. the following scientific explanation of ‘God’ makes it very clear why it hasn’t been possible—until now—to end the mystery of ‘Is there a God?’. what is happening on Earth is that matter is becoming ordered into larger wholes. Wilson has put forward in his theory of Eusociality. have said. psychologically rehabilitating and thus human-race-transforming. real explanation of the human condition. and that ‘behind everything is an order’ (Einstein Revealed. however. So the theme or purpose or meaning of existence is the ordering or integration or complexification of matter. ‘good-and-evil’-reconciling. Yes. competitive. atoms became ordered or integrated to form molecules → which in turn integrated to form compounds → virus-like organisms → single-celled organisms → multicellular organisms → and then societies of multicellular organisms. but the psychosis-addressing-and-solving. that ‘The overwhelming impression is of order…[in] the universe’ (‘The Time of His Life’. we couldn’t very well confront ‘God’ while we couldn’t explain why we have seemingly been so ‘unGodly’! MOST WONDERFULLY. respectively. cooperative. BUT until we could explain our seemingly‘unGodly’. Overall. Gregory Benford. selfish and aggressive human condition we couldn’t afford to demystify ‘God’ and admit the truth that ‘God’ is our personification of the Negative-Entropydriven. deity-in-the-clouds version of ‘God’! The impasse has been that until we could explain our divisive. 2002). which the dictionary defines as ‘the tendency in nature William Blake’s Ancient of Days (1794) to form wholes’ (Concise Oxford Dictionary. 28 Apr. ‘burden-of-guilt’-lifting. 2011 Is there a God? Is God real? Yes. Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein. integrative. (And it should be mentioned that this explanation of our species’ deeply psychologically troubled. ‘Is God real?’ and ‘Where is God?’ The world’s greatest physicists. Sydney Morning Herald. a process that is driven by the physical law of Negative Entropy. Here on Earth. exonerating. 1998). . which is defined as ‘the belief that purpose and design are a part of nature’ (Macquarie Dictionary. this ‘order’ IS apparent everywhere. and ‘teleology’.O. are both terms that recognise this integrative ‘tendency’.Is there a God? Written by Australian biologist Jeremy Griffith. real explanation of it. psychologically rehabilitating explanation of the human condition—thus making it safe to demystify ‘God’ as Integrative Meaning. ‘good-and-evil’-afflicted HUMAN CONDITION all we could cope with was an abstract. ordering. selfish and aggressive condition is not the psychosis-avoiding.

regardless of the various names of God used by the different faiths. the more we find that it is governed by rational laws. Einstein thought so…We could call order by the name of God’ (‘The Time of His Life’. if we consider religious terminology. unconditionally selfless. which binds them all together in perfect unity. ONLY when we could truthfully explain the good reason WHY we humans have not been ideally behaved—truthfully explain the human condition no less. 16) is an accurate answer to the question ‘Who is God?’ or ‘What is God?’ Yes. the old Christian word for love was ‘caritas’. selfish and brutal that human life has become all but unbearable and we have nearly destroyed our own planet—we humans were apparently out-of-step with ‘the work of God’. 13:1–13. Einstein: ‘over time. and.’ In John 15:13 we also see that Christ emphasised the unconditionally selfless significance of the word ‘love’ when he said. altruistic. at odds with ‘God’.World Transformation Movement – The Book of Real Answers to Everything! HOWEVER. 28 Apr. that one lay down his life for his friends. which fortunately we now can—would it be psychologically safe to confront. then the Biblical reference ‘God is love’ (1 John 4:8. and John 15:13. 3:14. selfishness is divisive or disintegrative while selflessness is integrative. To make the connection between this truth about the meaning of life and the question ‘What is God?’. but defiling. Hawking: ‘The overwhelming impression is of order. As the philosopher 78 . In this sense. so ruthlessly competitive. Colossians 3:14 perfectly summarises the integrative significance of love: ‘And over all these virtues put on love. Since we can now understand that unconditional selflessness or ‘love’ is an aspect of this ordering. ‘I would use the term God as the embodiment of the laws of physics’ (Master of the Universe. I am a religious man’ (Einstein Revealed. selfish and aggressive. as we say. and therefore seemingly not just bad and worthless. It’s the glue that holds the world together and what we really mean by the term ‘love’. Godly theme of existence. the belief that there is only one God. the most central of the attributes of God is that God is love. 1 Cor. or ‘God’. 2002). ‘Greater love has no-one than this. 1989). loving meaning of existence left humans feeling unbearably condemned as bad. more of what Hawking and Einstein said on the subject needs to be included because we will see that the concept of ‘God’ is actually our personification of this truth of Integrative Meaning. in being competitive. see Col. And we can now also understand that monotheism. unconditional selflessness is the underlying theme of existence. So consider-others-above-yourself. guilty. evil or unworthy for our divisive competitive. is the one all-dominating and allpervading universal truth about our world. Godrevering to the point of being God-worshipping—not God-confronting. sinful and even evil beings!! No wonder we needed the concept of ‘God’ to remain safely abstract and undefined—that we have been. selfless and loving. If one liked. So in terms of the questions ‘What is God?’ and ‘Where is God?’. The more we discover about the universe. cooperative. Indeed. Of these biblical references. 10:24. which means charity or giving or selflessness.’ BUT admitting and accepting this truth of the integrative cooperative. ‘God-fearing’—in fact. I have come to realise that behind everything is an order that we glimpse only indirectly [because it’s unbearably confronting/condemning!]. one could say that this order was the work of God. Gregory Benford. ‘God’ is Integrative Meaning—which is everywhere! So. was correct—the integrative theme or meaning to existence. seemingly-unloving behaviour. admit and accept that the meaning of life is to be integrative. the great problem with this truth of the integrative meaning of life is that for a larger whole to form and hold together the parts of that whole must consider the welfare of the whole above their own welfare—put simply. Sydney Morning Herald. This is religiousness. BBC. selfish and aggressive—in fact. 1997). PBS.

of the yawning abyss of non-being in his own nature’ (The Destiny of Man. a line and a direction which are in fact so well marked that I am convinced their reality will be universally admitted by the science of tomorrow’ (The Phenomenon of Man. 1938. he was recognising firstly how obvious the truth of the integrative. the two must grow together…converge they must’ (‘The Convergence of Science and Religion’. and. truthful whole view of the integrative meaning of existence and the issue of the human condition it raised and instead adopted a reduced view that only focused down on to the details about the mechanisms of the workings of our world—they have been what’s called ‘reductionist’ and ‘mechanistic’. dishonest account of the human condition that E.) So it is only now that the human condition has been truthfully explained that de Chardin’s integrative-‘direction’-or-theme-or-purpose-or-meaning-acknowledging ‘science of tomorrow’ can emerge. ‘I take a very strong stance against the mingling of religion and science’ (National Geographic Magazine. the great hope implicit in the reductionist.41). And it is also only now that the integrative ideals and our lack of 79 .1 No. Wilson has put forward in his theory of Eusociality. 1960. to avoid religion’s acknowledgement of Integrative Meaning (albeit an indirect and abstract acknowledgement in the form of the concept of ‘God’) ‘yesterday’s’ scientists claimed that religion and science were two totally unrelated realms—to the point that E. Yes. that this truth of the integrative ‘direction’ or theme or purpose or meaning of existence wouldn’t be able to be ‘admitted’ until the human-condition-resolved ‘science of tomorrow’ emerged. As will be described shortly. scientists found understanding of the difference in the way genes and nerves function. ‘they [religion and science] both represent man’s efforts to understand his universe and must ultimately be dealing with the same substance. but the psychosis-addressing-and-solving. as the Nobel Prizewinning physicist Charles H. (Again. Jung. real explanation of it. tr. ‘Man’s fear of God is his fear of himself. through the gradual accumulation of knowledge about the mechanisms of the workings of our world. Indeed. p.10). trivialising. ‘I can see a direction and a line of progress for life.142).3. Vol. which relievingly it now has. not ‘teleological’ and ‘holistic’—and the contrivance they developed to avoid the truth of Integrative Meaning was to assert that there is no direction or meaning to existence and that change is random. order-of-matterdeveloping theme of existence really is. N. it has to be stressed that this explanation is not the psychosisavoiding. Furthermore. p. 1966). which is the key insight that at last made it possible to explain the human condition. Townes truthfully admitted.G. p. Duddington. ‘Yesterday’s’ scientists avoided the overarching.Is there a God? Nikolai Berdyaev has written. secondly. 1931. the ‘face of absolute evil’ is the ‘shattering’ possibility—if we allowed our minds to think about it—that we humans might indeed be a terrible mistake! When the scientist-philosopher Teilhard de Chardin wrote. until now. truthful. May 2006). Vol. As we understand more in each realm. Of course.O. 9/2. Zygon. to scientifically end the mystery of is there a God—we haven’t been able to face the answer! The famous psychoanalyst Carl Jung was referring to the terrifying subject of our seemingly-‘unGodly’ condition when he wrote that ‘When it [our shadow] appears…it is quite within the bounds of possibility for a man to recognize the relative evil of his nature.O. but it is a rare and shattering experience for him to gaze into the face of absolute evil’ (Aion in The Collected Works of C. Wilson has said. It is very apparent then why it hasn’t been possible. mechanistic approach was that by finding understanding of the mechanisms of the workings of our world its practitioners would at least be assembling the means by which the human condition might one day be able to be explained—and that is exactly what they achieved.

Evolutionary Psychology. Evolutionary Psychology. this reconciling truthful explanation of the human condition that is about to be presented at last allows us to understand that while we may have appeared ‘unGodly’. which means that. that ‘God loves you’. ‘God’ is compassionate—that ‘God is good’. selfish and aggressive behaviour is that it overlooks the fact 80 . the main one being that we have savage animal instincts that make us fight and compete for food. Overall. the issue of our species’ ‘good-and-evil’-afflicted. the plea ‘God help me’ is now finally able to be satisfied by a full explanation. finding understanding of our lessthan-ideally-behaved human condition is the crucial insight we needed to psychologically rehabilitate the human race. (A brief description of the theories of Social Darwinism. in a full or greater sense. truthful biological explanation of the human condition that finally allows us to safely acknowledge that ‘God’ is Integrative Meaning. Sociobiology. Multilevel Selection and E. selfish and aggressive human behaviour. psychological HUMAN CONDITION. Multilevel Selection and Eusociality that blame our divisive behaviour on savage instincts rather than on a consciousness-derived psychosis is presented in the What is Science? article in this. understanding and appreciation of what ‘the love of God’ actually is. state. Wilson’s Eusociality and basically argues that ‘genes are competitive and selfish and that’s why we are’. in fact. seemingly-‘unGodly’ condition. it is only now that we can truthfully explain the human condition that we can understand and thus heal that divisive competitive. even ‘fallen’ or corrupted. ‘God is great’. hateful. we have invented excuses to justify our species’ seemingly-‘unGodly’ competitive. selfless and loving? Certainly. with the complete account provided in Part 4:12 of the freely-available. So many of our recognised aspects of ‘God’ are now at last able to be understood. can’t be the real explanation for our competitive. selfish. make us ‘whole’. The real issue—the psychological problem in our thinking minds that we have suffered from—is the dilemma of our human condition. We humans suffer from a consciousness-derived. Sociobiology. And yes. arrogant. it overlooks the fact that our human behaviour involves our unique fully conscious thinking mind.) The second reason the savage-instincts-in-us excuse can’t possibly be the real explanation for our divisive. shelter. in so doing. psychological dimension to our behaviour. WHY ARE humans competitive. not an instinctcontrolled animal condition—our condition is unique to us fully conscious humans. all imply a consciousness-derived. less-than-ideal. etc. that our ‘faith in God’. especially in the ‘grace of God’. Firstly. this ‘explanation’. immoral. artificial. deluded. our ability to understand that God is Integrative Meaning means we can now end the mystery of ‘What is God?’ and ‘Is God real?’! So. which has been put forward in the biological theories of Social Darwinism. that was actually not the case. selfish and aggressive. psychosis-addressingand-solving. online book Freedom Book 1. Science has finally enabled us to find proof of God! Furthermore.O. was justified! As we are going to see. Descriptions like egocentric. Carl Jung was forever saying that ‘wholeness for humans depends on the ability to own their own shadow’ because he recognised that only finding understanding of our dark side could end our underlying insecurity about our fundamental goodness and worth as humans and. what is this WONDERFUL breakthrough. Of course. mean. Yes. liberating.World Transformation Movement – The Book of Real Answers to Everything! compliance with them can be reconciled and religion and science ‘converge’. alienated. The Book of Real Answers to Everything!. aggressive when the ideals of life are clearly to be cooperative. territory and a mate. selfish and aggressive behaviour.

universally-considerateof-others-not-competitive-with-other-groups. once our self-adjusting intellect emerged it was capable of taking over the management of our lives from the instinctive orientations we had acquired through the natural selection of genetic traits that adapted us to our environment. ‘trailing clouds of glory do we come. If you can remember past events. nerves can sufficiently associate information to reason how experiences are related. selfless. what has commonly occurred in the past enables you to predict what is likely to happen in the future and to adjust your behaviour accordingly. Once insights into the nature of change are put into effect. and more fully explained in Part 8:4 of Freedom Book 1—however. or aware of. Very briefly. once developed. or intelligent about. Predictions are compared with outcomes and so on. loving meaning of life are not derived from reciprocity. their ability to store impressions—which is what we refer to as ‘memory’—gave rise to the potential to develop understanding of cause and effect. loving moral instincts—what we recognise as our ‘conscience’—and these moral instincts in us that are aligned to the integrative. had been controlling our lives. as Evolutionary Psychologists would have us believe. our species’ original instinctive alignment WAS TO the integrative. truly loving. or insight into. from situations where you only do something for others in return for a benefit from them. human-condition-addressing rather than human-conditionavoiding. we have an unconditionally selfless. the relationship between events that occur through time. what is the truthful. Much developed.495). No. who is our home’. (How we humans acquired unconditionally selfless moral instincts when it would seem that an unconditionally selfless. the point being made here is that the savage-instincts-in-us excuse is completely inconsistent with the fact that we have genuine and entirely moral instincts. fully altruistic. Basically. learn to understand and become CONSCIOUS of. biological explanation of our species’ present seemingly-highly-imperfect. What is so significant about this process is that once our nerve-based learning system became sufficiently developed for us to become conscious and able to effectively manage events. Charles Darwin recognised the difference in our moral nature when he said that ‘the moral sense affords the best and highest distinction between man and the lower animals’ (The Descent of Man. selfish and aggressive behaviour? The answer begins with an analysis of consciousness. and such refinement occurred in the human brain. NOT savage instincts. ‘Godly’ state. selfish and aggressive: it was fully cooperative. p. the self-modified behaviour starts to provide feedback. truly loving. Our original instinctive state was the opposite of being competitive. you can compare them with current events and identify regularly occurring experiences. Intimations of Immortality. So. not only is there a God. competitive. as William Wordsworth wrote in his great poem. but.) So. up until then. which. And nor are they derived from warring with other groups of humans as advocates of the theory of Eusociality would have us believe. 1871. This knowledge of. fully altruistic trait is going to self-eliminate and thus not ever be able to become established in a species is briefly explained in the above-mentioned What is Science? article. 81 . Thus consciousness means being sufficiently aware of how experiences are related to attempt to manage change from a basis of understanding.Is there a God? that we humans have altruistic. nerves were originally developed for the coordination of movement in animals. genuinely moral conscience. selfless and loving. cooperative. refining the insights further. from God. our conscious intellect was then in a position to wrest control from our gene-based learning system’s instincts.

it was at this juncture. in effect challenging the role of the already established instinctual self. even ego-gone-mad-withmurderous-anger for having to live with so much unjust criticism. which is the dictionary definition of ‘ego’. but ego-infuriated. We can now see that 82 . the effect of which was the extremely competitive.World Transformation Movement – The Book of Real Answers to Everything! HOWEVER. rehabilitating and healing about this explanation of the human condition is that we can finally appreciate that there was a very good reason for our seemingly-‘unGodly’ angry. Obviously. we can now see why we have not just been ego-centric. aggressive and competitive. However. but the instincts—being in effect ‘unaware’ or ‘ignorant’ of the intellect’s need to carry out these experiments— ‘opposed’ any understanding-produced deviations from the established instinctive orientations: they ‘criticised’ and ‘tried to stop’ the conscious mind’s necessary search for knowledge. Our ‘conscious thinking self’. but it now has a conscious mind that needs to understand how to behave. the intellect could not afford to give in to the instincts. and the only way it can acquire that understanding is by experimenting in understanding—for example. To elaborate. alienated and egocentric human-condition-afflicted state appeared. a battle unavoidably broke out between the instinctive self and the newer conscious self. selfish and aggressive state that we call the human condition. alienated and egocentric behaviour—in fact. when our intellect began to exert itself and experiment in the management of life from a basis of understanding. thinking. ‘I’ll fly down to that island and have a rest. imagine what would happen if we put a fully conscious mind on the head of a migrating bird. with no choice but to defy that opposition from the instincts. We became ego-centric. In short—and to return to our human situation because we were the species that acquired the fully conscious mind—the psychologically upset angry. The bird is following an instinctive flight path acquired over thousands of generations of natural selection. the intellect was left having to endure a psychologically distressed. that a terrible battle broke out between our instincts and intellect. and attempt to prove the instincts’ unjust criticism wrong. and unable to understand and thus explain why its experiments in self-adjustment were necessary. What is so exonerating. The only forms of defiance available to the conscious intellect were to attack the instincts’ unjust criticism. try to deny or block from its mind the instincts’ unjust criticism. when our conscious intellect challenged our instincts for control. preoccupied with aggressively competing for opportunities to prove we are good and not bad—we unavoidably became selfish. upset condition. To illustrate the situation. self-centred or selfish. when our conscious intellect emerged it was neither suitable nor sustainable for it to be orientated by instincts—it had to find understanding to operate effectively and fulfil its great potential to manage life. became ‘centred’ or focused on the need to justify itself.’ But such a deviation from the migratory flight path would naturally result in the instincts resisting the deviation. the conscious intellect had no way of refuting the implicit criticism from the instincts even though it knew it was unjust. Our intellect began to experiment in understanding as the only means of discovering the correct and incorrect understandings for managing existence. leaving the conscious intellect in a serious dilemma: if it obeys its instincts it will not feel ‘criticised’ by its instincts but neither will it find knowledge. that one is an orientating learning system while the other is an insightful learning system). Until the conscious mind found the redeeming understanding of why it had to defy the instincts (namely the scientific understanding of the difference in the way genes and nerves process information.

on this dreamed-of. redeeming understanding of our dark. our instinct and intellect.com/real-answers and/or 83 . human-condition-afflicted existence finally enables the human race to be healed and thus TRANSFORMED—it makes us ‘whole’ again. all our upset angry. especially in the ‘grace of God’. live in accordance with the integrative meaning of life—yes. finding the exonerating. all-loving. most importantly.S. psychologically upset state. ‘We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time’ (Little Gidding. God and man. ‘clouds of glory’ ‘home’ for taking the ‘fruit… from the tree of knowledge’ (ibid. greatest of all breakthroughs in science: ‘I have no doubt this biological explanation of the human condition is the holy grail of insight we have sought for the psychological rehabilitation of the human race’ (Freedom Book 1. 3:23) of our original innocent. it heals and by so doing ends it. integrative. 2009. bringing about the complete TRANSFORMATION OF THE HUMAN RACE—and importantly. seemingly ‘unGodly’. selfish and aggressive. are all reconciled. Our ‘faith in God’.Is there a God? our conscious mind was NOT the evil villain it has so long been portrayed as—such as in the Bible where Adam and Eve are demonised and ‘banished…from the Garden of Eden’ (Gen. No. but this time enlightened. selfless and loving. state when he wrote. See also: Human condition —What is science?—What is love?— Soul — Conscience — Good vs Evil —What is the meaning of life?— Our ego and egocentric lives — How can we save the world?— Consciousness — Human nature — Why do people lie? For a book of these explanations to keep or give to others. to understand that we thinking. state to a ‘fallen’. science has finally enabled us to lift the so-called ‘burden of guilt’ from the human race. because this explanation of the human condition is redeeming and thus rehabilitating. religion and science. ‘knowledge’finding. 1942). To quote Professor Harry Prosen. featuring a Foreword by Professor Harry Prosen. Eliot wonderfully articulated our species’ journey from an original innocent. a former president of the Canadian Psychiatric Association. As just demonstrated. conscious humans are actually nothing less than the heroes of the story of life on Earth! This is because our fully conscious mind is surely nature’s greatest invention and to have had to endure the torture of being unjustly condemned as evil for so long (the anthropological evidence indicates we humans have been fully conscious for some two million years) must make us the absolute heroes of the story of life on Earth. and back to an uncorrupted. 3:3. corrupted. 2:17).worldtransformation. in fact. at www. Our round of departure has ended. print The Book of Real Answers to Everything! by Jeremy Griffith. with understanding of the human condition found ALL the great issues finally become explainable. The poet T. yet ignorant. understanding of the human condition doesn’t condone ‘bad’ behaviour. humans return to being cooperative. Finally. From being competitive. psychologically upset. troubled. has been justified! And BEST OF ALL. Resolving the underlying insecurity in our natures allows us to answer all our questions about God and. the integrative meaning of life and the inconsistency of our behaviour with that meaning. Part 2:2). as Jung said it would. egocentric and alienated behaviour now subsides.

com and/or Read Freedom. www.com/freedom Copyright © Fedmex Pty Ltd (ACN 096 099 286) 2011-2013. specifically Part 8:1 for the detailed answer to ‘Is there a God?’.com/real-answers .worldtransformation. All rights reserved. the definitive book on the world-transforming explanation of the human condition.worldtransformation.worldtransformation. at www.World Transformation Movement – The Book of Real Answers to Everything! Watch videos on the biological explanation of the human condition and the dreamed-of TRANSFORMATION of the human race that it brings about at www.

Ego. competitive. real explanation of it. 2011 The great questions about ego and our egocentric lives are: ‘What is ego?’ ‘Why are we humans so egocentric that our competitive selfishness and aggression has all but destroyed the world?’ ‘Can our ego ever be satisfied at some fundamental level so that we humans no longer have to be egocentric and preoccupied trying to prove ourselves all the time?’ • • • The truth is. their ability to store impressions—which is what we refer to as ‘memory’—gave rise to the potential to develop understanding of cause and effect. dishonest account of it that the biologist E. but the psychosis-addressing-and-solving. HUMAN-RACE-TRANSFORMING biological explanation of the human condition!’ (And it should be mentioned that this explanation of our species’ deeply psychologically troubled condition is not the psychosis-avoiding. but. redeeming and thus psychologically rehabilitating understanding of our seemingly-imperfect. reconciling. so the question of ‘what is the ego?’ is really the question of ‘what is the conscious thinking self?’—in fact. exonerating and thus egocentricity-subsiding. . you can compare them with current events and identify regularly occurring experiences.) • The Concise Oxford Dictionary defines ‘ego’ as ‘the conscious thinking self’. This knowledge of. If you can remember past events. selfish and aggressive egocentric HUMAN CONDITION?’ • The astonishing answer to that question of questions is: ‘Yes. nerves were originally developed for the coordination of movement in animals. Wilson has put forward in his theory of Eusociality. ‘what is consciousness?’ To very briefly answer this question. or insight into. trivialising. biology is now at last able to provide the dreamed-of. once developed. what has commonly occurred in the past enables you to predict what is likely to happen in the future and to adjust your behaviour accordingly.O. all these questions relate to an even deeper question: ‘Will we humans ever find the reconciling. and Our Egocentric Lives Written by Australian biologist Jeremy Griffith.

selfish and aggressive egocentric HUMAN CONDITION we justified it with all manner of false excuses. which. it was at this juncture. egocentric and alienated human condition emerged has been the great outstanding question in biology. when our conscious intellect challenged our instincts for control. even E. psychosisaddressing-and-solving. but. Firstly. this ‘explanation’. up until then. selfish and aggressive egocentric behaviour. relieving and thus healing explanation that brings about the complete TRANSFORMATION of the human race. nerves can sufficiently associate information to reason how experiences are related. ‘good-and-evil’-afflicted. biology is finally able to provide the clarifying.O. most wonderfully. which again is our conscious thinking self or ego. truthful. means being sufficiently aware of how experiences are related to attempt to manage change from a basis of understanding. Wilson once conceded that ‘The human condition is the most important frontier of the natural sciences’ (Consilience. or intelligent about. competitive. or aware of. Predictions are compared with outcomes and so on. and such refinement occurred in the human brain.O. Indeed. learn to understand and become CONSCIOUS of. dishonest ‘explanation’ of it. we understandably invented excuses to justify our species’ seemingly-imperfect. ego-embattled.World Transformation Movement – The Book of Real Answers to Everything! Once insights into the nature of change are put into effect. that a terrible battle broke out between our instincts and intellect. selfish and aggressive behaviour—the main one being that we have savage animal instincts that make us fight and compete for food. Thus consciousness. Sociobiology. refining the insights further. had been controlling our lives. Wilson’s Eusociality and basically argues that ‘genes are competitive and selfish and that’s why we are’. in so doing. conscious thinking self or ego emerged it was capable of taking over the management of our lives from the instinctive orientations we had acquired through the natural selection of genetic traits that adapted us to our environment. egocentric and alienated condition forever! The famous psychoanalyst Carl Jung was forever saying that ‘wholeness for humans because he recognised that only finding understanding of our dark. HOWEVER. How this angry. the relationship between events that occur through time. once our self-adjusting. territory and a mate. What is so significant about this process is that once our nerve-based learning system became sufficiently developed for us to become conscious and able to effectively manage events. even corrupted or ‘fallen’ competitive. can’t be the real explanation for our divisive competitive.298)—despite later trivialising this ‘most important frontier’ with his own psychosis-avoiding. Unable—until now—to truthfully explain our competitive. Multilevel Selection and E. the self-modified behaviour starts to provide feedback. Much developed. while this understanding was still to be found. real explanation of the human condition—a redeeming. 1998. Of course. selfish and aggressive egocentric behaviour. selfish and aggressive egocentric side could end our underlying insecurity about our fundamental goodness and worth as humans and. ending our angry. our conscious thinking self or ego was then in a position to wrest control from our gene-based learning system’s instincts. the effect of which we have historically referred to as the HUMAN CONDITION—our less-than-ideal. however. In the interim. and the question that had to be solved if the human race was to survive. shelter. egocentric competitive. Basically. it overlooks the fact that our human depends on the ability to own their own shadow’ 86 . make us ‘whole’. Evolutionary Psychology. seemingly-imperfect. which has been put forward in the biological theories of Social Darwinism. p.

less-thanideal. hateful. Descriptions like egocentric. (A brief description of the theories of Social Darwinism. not an instinct-controlled animal condition—our condition is unique to us fully conscious humans. from situations where you only do something for others in return for a benefit from them. what is this truthful. competitive. and more fully explained in Part 8:4 of Freedom Book 1—however. fully altruistic trait is going to self-eliminate and thus not ever be able to become established in a species is briefly explained in the above-mentioned What is Science? article.) The second reason the savage-instincts-in-us excuse can’t possibly be the real explanation for our divisive. Evolutionary Psychology.495). and Our Egocentric Lives behaviour involves our unique fully conscious thinking mind or ego. The Book of Real Answers to Everything!. arrogant. p. psychological HUMAN CONDITION. When our conscious mind or ego emerged it was neither suitable nor sustainable for it to be orientated by instincts—it had to find understanding to operate effectively and fulfil its great potential to manage life.Ego. selfish and aggressive: it was fully cooperative. And nor are they derived from warring with other groups of humans as advocates of the theory of Eusociality would have us believe. selfless and loving. loving moral instincts—what we recognise as our ‘conscience’—and these moral instincts in us are not derived from reciprocity. with the complete account provided in Part 4:12 of the freely-available. Sociobiology. online book Freedom Book 1. selfish and aggressive behaviour is that it overlooks the fact that we humans have altruistic. when the conscious mind or ego began to exert itself and experiment in the management of life from a basis of understanding. 1871. However. immoral. we have an unconditionally selfless. a battle unavoidably broke out between the instinctive self and the newer conscious. No. fully altruistic. Multilevel Selection and Eusociality that blame our divisive behaviour on savage instincts rather than on a consciousness-derived psychosis is presented in the What is Science? article in this. Charles Darwin recognised the difference in our moral nature when he said that ‘the moral sense affords the best and highest distinction between man and the lower animals’ (The Descent of Man. deluded. as Evolutionary Psychologists would have us believe. artificial. genuinely moral conscience. but the instincts—being in effect ‘unaware’ or ‘ignorant’ of the intellect’s need to carry out these experiments— ‘opposed’ any understanding-produced deviations from the established instinctive 87 . Our intellect began to experiment in understanding as the only means of discovering the correct and incorrect understandings for managing existence. the point being made here is that the savage-instincts-in-us excuse is completely inconsistent with the fact that we have genuine and entirely moral instincts. alienated. all imply a consciousness-derived.) So. the issue of our species’ ‘good-and-evil’-afflicted. NOT savage instincts. human-condition-addressing rather than human-conditionavoiding. in effect challenging the role of the already established instinctual self. (How we humans acquired unconditionally selfless moral instincts when it would seem that an unconditionally selfless. The real issue—the psychological problem in our thinking minds that we have suffered from—is the dilemma of our human condition. cooperative. Our original instinctive state was the opposite of being competitive. truly loving. universallyconsiderate-of-others-not-competitive-with-other-groups. psychological dimension to our behaviour. we need to look more closely at what happened when the self-adjusting conscious thinking self or ego emerged in the presence of already established instinctive behavioural orientations. ego-embattled/ egocentric state. intelligent self. etc. We humans suffer from a consciousness-derived. mean. biological explanation of our species’ present seemingly-imperfect. selfish and aggressive egocentric behaviour? To answer this question.

thinking. From being competitive. Our ego became egocentric—it became ‘centred’ or preoccupied or focused on the need to justify itself. We became self-centred or selfish. because this explanation of the human condition is redeeming and thus rehabilitating. aggressive and competitive. understanding of the human condition doesn’t condone ‘bad’ behaviour. ‘I’ll fly down to that island and have a rest. humans return to being 88 . all our upset angry. 3:23) of our original innocent. conscious humans are actually nothing less than the heroes of the story of life on Earth! This is because our fully conscious mind is surely nature’s greatest invention and to have had to endure the torture of being unjustly condemned as evil for so long (the anthropological evidence indicates we humans have been fully conscious for some two million years) must make us the absolute heroes of the story of life on Earth. 2:17). What is so exonerating. selfish and aggressive. No. egocentric and alienated behaviour now subsides. bringing about the complete TRANSFORMATION OF THE HUMAN RACE—and importantly. And BEST OF ALL. and the only way it can acquire that understanding is by experimenting in understanding—for example. but ego-infuriated. and attempt to prove the instincts’ unjust criticism wrong. In short—and to return to our human situation because we were the species that acquired the fully conscious mind—the psychologically upset angry. imagine what would happen if we put a fully conscious mind on the head of a migrating bird. preoccupied with aggressively competing for opportunities to prove we are good and not bad—we unavoidably became selfish. rehabilitating and healing about this explanation of the human condition is that we can finally appreciate that there was a very good reason for our angry. we can now see why we have not just been ego-centric. science has finally enabled us to lift the so-called ‘burden of guilt’ from the human race. all-loving. the intellect/ego was left having to endure a psychologically distressed. We can now see that the conscious thinking self or ego was NOT the evil villain it has so long been portrayed as—such as in the Bible where Adam and Eve are demonised and ‘banished…from the Garden of Eden’ (Gen. leaving the conscious intellect in a serious dilemma: if it obeys its instincts it will not feel ‘criticised’ by its instincts but neither will it find knowledge. moral state for taking the ‘fruit…from the tree of knowledge’ (ibid. in fact.World Transformation Movement – The Book of Real Answers to Everything! orientations: they ‘criticised’ and ‘tried to stop’ the conscious mind’s necessary search for knowledge. 3:3. alienated and egocentric behaviour—in fact. Until the conscious mind found the redeeming understanding of why it had to defy the instincts (namely the scientific understanding of the difference in the way genes and nerves process information. and unable to understand and thus explain why its experiments in self-adjustment were necessary. to understand that we thinking. but it now has a conscious mind that needs to understand how to behave. the intellect/ego had no way of refuting the implicit criticism from the instincts even though it knew it was unjust. The only forms of defiance available to the intellect/ego were to attack the instincts’ unjust criticism. Obviously. The bird is following an instinctive flight path acquired over thousands of generations of natural selection.’ But such a deviation from the migratory flight path would naturally result in the instincts resisting the deviation. that one is an orientating learning system while the other is an insightful learning system). with no choice but to defy that opposition from the instincts. ‘knowledge’-finding. alienated and egocentric human-condition-afflicted state appeared. try to deny or block from its mind the instincts’ unjust criticism. upset condition. the intellect could not afford to give in to the instincts. even ego-gone-mad-with-murderous-anger for having to live with so much unjust criticism. To illustrate the situation. it heals and by so doing ends it.

and back to an uncorrupted.worldtransformation.worldtransformation. Yes. print The Book of Real Answers to Everything! by Jeremy Griffith.com/real-answers .com and/or Read Freedom. ‘We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time’ (Little Gidding. Our round of departure has ended. As just demonstrated.Ego. greatest of all breakthroughs in science: ‘I have no doubt this biological explanation of the human condition is the holy grail of insight we have sought for the psychological rehabilitation of the human race’ (Freedom Book 1. and Our Egocentric Lives cooperative. Finding the exonerating. www. selfless and loving. the definitive book on the world-transforming explanation of the human condition. ego-satisfied and ego-at-peace.worldtransformation. with understanding of the human condition found ALL the great issues finally become explainable. to a psychologically upset ‘fallen’. on this dreamed-of.com/freedom Copyright © Fedmex Pty Ltd (ACN 096 099 286) 2011-2013. 2009. All rights reserved. See also: Human condition —What is science?—What is love?— Soul — Conscience — Good vs Evil —What is the meaning of life?— Is there a God?— How can we save the world?— Consciousness — Human nature — Why do people lie? For a book of these explanations to keep or give to others. as Jung said it would. psychologically upset. from being ego-centric the human race now becomes ego-redeemed. Part 2:2). redeeming understanding of our dark.worldtransformation. 1942). corrupted state. yet ignorant. The poet T. troubled. state.S. but this time enlightened. To quote Professor Harry Prosen. featuring a Foreword by Professor Harry Prosen. Eliot wonderfully articulated our species’ journey from an original innocent. at www. human-condition-afflicted existence finally enables the human race to be healed and thus TRANSFORMED—it makes us ‘whole’ again. state when he wrote. at www. a former president of the Canadian Psychiatric Association.com/real-answers and/or Watch videos on the biological explanation of the human condition and the dreamed-of TRANSFORMATION of the human race that it brings about at www.

redeeming and thus rehabilitating biological explanation of our seemingly-highly-imperfect so-called HUMAN CONDITION! As the author Richard Neville so accurately summarised our species’ plight: ‘we humans are locked in a race between self destruction and self discovery’ (Sydney Morning Herald. truly save the world. redeeming and thus healing truthful explanation of the human condition we could hardly afford to admit that the issue even existed. biology is now. core.) The reality has been that until we found the reconciling. competitive. which is us humans—our egocentric. able to provide this long dreamed-of. real explanation of it. let alone acknowledge that it is THE underlying. selfish and aggressive behaviour. real question in all of . And the deeper truth is. BUT the truth is we have only been focusing on the symptoms of the devastation of our world and the disintegration of society that is happening everywhere we look. however.O. exonerating and thus psychologically rehabilitating and humanrace-transforming understanding of ourselves that will actually save the world! Yes. dishonest account of it that the biologist E. to change that behaviour and. trivialising. 2011 The environment is promoted everywhere as the great ‘Save the World’ issue. by so doing. 14/10/86).Save the World Written by Australian biologist Jeremy Griffith. the arrival of ‘self discovery’ finally and thankfully gives us the real means to defeat the threat of ‘self destruction’ and save the world! (And it should be mentioned that this explanation of our species’ deeply psychologically troubled human condition is not the psychosis-avoiding. at last. we needed to find the reconciling. MOST WONDERFULLY. but the psychosis-addressingand-solving. Wilson has put forward in his theory of Eusociality. at the absolute eleventh hour for our species. not the cause.

so much so. The pre-eminent philosopher Sir Laurens van der Post was making the same point when he said. greed and indifference] could we defeat those dark forces with a true understanding of their nature and origin’ (Jung and the Story of Our Time. even ‘fallen’ or corrupted human condition. but it is a rare and shattering experience for him to gaze into the face of absolute evil’ (Aion in The Collected Works of C. Environmental problems are certainly real enough but the fact is. to save the world we had to resolve the issue of our less-than-ideally-behaved human condition that has been causing all the environmental issues and social problems that plague our world. it was a way of relieving ourselves of the real issue of our troubled human condition through finding a cause that made us feel good about ourselves—as the editor of Time magazine. recognised. Richard Stengel. brutality. selfish and aggressive when clearly the ideals of life are to be the complete opposite. we also have an unspeakable history of greed. why are we so ruthlessly competitive. rape. make us ‘whole’. Jung. why have we humans been so competitive. of are we humans fundamentally good or bad. the ultimate guilt-free issue’ (Time mag. ‘True love is love of the difficult and unlovable’ (Journey Into Russia. torture. rather than an attempt to save the world. 31 Dec. environmental indifference. in fact. focusing on the environment was a way of avoiding the issue of ‘self’. we have been so fearful of the issue that instead of confronting it and trying to solve it we have been preoccupied denying and escaping it. ‘The environment became the last best cause. namely cooperative.10). Despite all our marvellous accomplishments. 1976.24). selfish and brutal that human life has become all but unbearable and we have nearly destroyed our own planet?! Unable—until now—to truthfully answer this deepest and darkest of all questions of our seemingly-highly-imperfect. The truth is. murder and war. are humans good or are we possibly the terrible mistake that all the evidence seems to unequivocally indicate we might be? While it’s undeniable that humans are capable of great love. p. and as ‘the black box inside of humans they can’t go near’. that the human condition has been described as ‘the personal unspeakable’.Save the World human life that we needed to solve if we were to save the world. Yes. Vol. 9/2. 91 . Indeed. the ‘face of absolute evil’ is the ‘shattering’ possibility—if we allowed our minds to think about it—that we humans might indeed be a terrible mistake! So while the human condition has been the real. p. Carl Jung was forever saying that ‘wholeness for humans depends on the ability to own their own shadow’ because he recognised that only finding understanding of our dark side could end our underlying insecurity about our fundamental goodness and worth as humans and. cruelty. 1964. the famous psychoanalyst Carl Jung was referring to this terrifying dilemma of the human condition when he wrote that ‘When it [our shadow] appears…it is quite within the bounds of possibility for a man to recognize the relative evil of his nature. p. Yes. 1990). selfless and loving? In fact. we have used denial as our only means of coping with the whole depressing subject. underlying issue we needed to solve if we were to exonerate and thus rehabilitate the human race and save the world. in so doing.145) and ‘Only by understanding how we were all a part of the same contemporary pattern [of wars. we humans have been the most ferocious and destructive force that has ever lived on Earth—and the eternal question that we needed to answer if we were to actually save the world has been ‘why?’ Even in our everyday behaviour.G.

the point being made here is that the savage-instincts-in-us excuse is completely inconsistent with the fact that we have genuine and entirely moral instincts. Our original instinctive state was the opposite of being competitive. immoral. universallyconsiderate-of-others-not-competitive-with-other-groups. selfish and aggressive human condition that alone has the power to actually save the world? Certainly. artificial. human-race-transforming. it overlooks the fact that our human behaviour involves our unique fully conscious thinking mind. etc. No. biological ‘true understanding’ of our often ferocious and destructive competitive. NOT savage instincts. hateful. fully altruistic trait is going to self-eliminate and thus not ever be able to become established in a species is briefly explained in the above-mentioned What is Science? article. Wilson’s Eusociality and basically argues that ‘genes are competitive and selfish and that’s why we are’. territory and a mate.) The second reason the savage-instincts-in-us excuse can’t possibly be the real explanation for our divisive. Charles Darwin recognised the difference in our moral nature when he said that ‘the moral sense affords the best and highest distinction between man and the lower animals’ (The Descent of Man. which has been put forward in the biological theories of Social Darwinism. alienated. less-than-ideal. cooperative. even ‘fallen’ or corrupted state. selfish and aggressive: it was fully cooperative. Sociobiology. we have invented excuses to justify our species’ seemingly-imperfect competitive. loving moral instincts—what we recognise as our ‘conscience’—and these moral instincts in us are not derived from reciprocity. Multilevel Selection and Eusociality that blame our divisive behaviour on savage instincts rather than on a consciousness-derived psychosis is presented in the What is Science? article in this.) So. selfless and loving. shelter. as Evolutionary Psychologists would have us believe. makes-us-‘whole’. Descriptions like egocentric. deluded. arrogant. selfish and aggressive behaviour. mean. genuinely moral conscience. Multilevel Selection and E. selfish and aggressive behaviour? The answer begins with an analysis of consciousness. what is the truthful. we have an unconditionally selfless. Of course. and more fully explained in Part 8:4 of Freedom Book 1—however. the issue of our species’ ‘good-and-evil’-afflicted. this ‘explanation’. not an instinctcontrolled animal condition—our condition is unique to us fully conscious humans. Firstly.World Transformation Movement – The Book of Real Answers to Everything! So.495). what is the all-important. selfish and aggressive behaviour is that it overlooks the fact that we humans have altruistic. from situations where you only do something for others in return for a benefit from them. reconciling. truly loving. all imply a consciousness-derived. with the complete account provided in Part 4:12 of the freely-available. exonerating and thus psychologically rehabilitating. fully altruistic. 92 . (A brief description of the theories of Social Darwinism. competitive. can’t be the real explanation for our competitive. selfish and aggressive behaviour. human-condition-addressing rather than human-conditionavoiding. 1871. deeply psychologically troubled. (How we humans acquired unconditionally selfless moral instincts when it would seem that an unconditionally selfless. The Book of Real Answers to Everything!. biological explanation of our species’ present seemingly-highly-imperfect. Evolutionary Psychology. the main one being that we have savage animal instincts that make us fight and compete for food. online book Freedom Book 1. Sociobiology.O. Evolutionary Psychology. psychological HUMAN CONDITION. We humans suffer from a consciousness-derived. The real issue—the psychological problem in our thinking minds that we have suffered from—is the dilemma of our human condition. p. psychological dimension to our behaviour. And nor are they derived from warring with other groups of humans as advocates of the theory of Eusociality would have us believe.

when our conscious intellect emerged it was neither suitable nor sustainable for it to be orientated by instincts—it had to find understanding to operate effectively and fulfil its great potential to manage life. refining the insights further. Much developed. Predictions are compared with outcomes and so on. the intellect could not afford to give in to the instincts. but the instincts—being in effect ‘unaware’ or ‘ignorant’ of the intellect’s need to carry out these experiments— ‘opposed’ any understanding-produced deviations from the established instinctive orientations: they ‘criticised’ and ‘tried to stop’ the conscious mind’s necessary search for knowledge. our conscious intellect was then in a position to wrest control from our gene-based learning system’s instincts. up until then. which. but it now has a conscious mind that needs to understand how to behave. the self-modified behaviour starts to provide feedback. when our conscious intellect challenged our instincts for control.’ But such a deviation from the migratory flight path would naturally result in the instincts resisting the deviation. HOWEVER. had been controlling our lives. nerves were originally developed for the coordination of movement in animals. in effect challenging the role of the already established instinctual self. that a terrible battle broke out between our instincts and intellect. What is so significant about this process is that once our nerve-based learning system became sufficiently developed for us to become conscious and able to effectively manage events. nerves can sufficiently associate information to reason how experiences are related. ‘I’ll fly down to that island and have a rest.Save the World Very briefly. you can compare them with current events and identify regularly occurring experiences. leaving the conscious intellect in a serious dilemma: if it obeys its instincts it will not feel ‘criticised’ by its instincts but neither will it find knowledge. Once insights into the nature of change are put into effect. or insight into. Basically. once our self-adjusting intellect emerged it was capable of taking over the management of our lives from the instinctive orientations we had acquired through the natural selection of genetic traits that adapted us to our environment. learn to understand and become CONSCIOUS of. The bird is following an instinctive flight path acquired over thousands of generations of natural selection. To elaborate. Thus consciousness means being sufficiently aware of how experiences are related to attempt to manage change from a basis of understanding. what has commonly occurred in the past enables you to predict what is likely to happen in the future and to adjust your behaviour accordingly. However. their ability to store impressions—which is what we refer to as ‘memory’—gave rise to the potential to develop understanding of cause and effect. but. To illustrate the situation. Our intellect began to experiment in understanding as the only means of discovering the correct and incorrect understandings for managing existence. or intelligent about. once developed. when our intellect began to exert itself and experiment in the management of life from a basis of understanding. or aware of. the effect of which was the extremely competitive. and the only way it can acquire that understanding is by experimenting in understanding—for example. it was at this juncture. This knowledge of. the conscious intellect had no way of refuting the 93 . If you can remember past events. and such refinement occurred in the human brain. and unable to understand and thus explain why its experiments in self-adjustment were necessary. imagine what would happen if we put a fully conscious mind on the head of a migrating bird. the relationship between events that occur through time. a battle unavoidably broke out between the instinctive self and the newer conscious self. thinking. selfish and aggressive state that we call the human condition. Obviously.

aggressive and competitive. but ego-infuriated.S. alienated and egocentric behaviour—in fact. Eliot wonderfully articulated our species’ journey from an original innocent. No. 3:3. (Importantly. as Jung said it would. 3:23) of our original innocent. alienated and egocentric human-condition-afflicted state appeared. ‘knowledge’-finding. truthful. moral state for taking the ‘fruit…from the tree of knowledge’ (ibid. rehabilitating and healing about this explanation of the human condition is that we can finally appreciate that there was a very good reason for our angry. Our ability to truly save the world depended on finding redeeming and thus psychologically ameliorating. state. because this explanation of the human condition is redeeming and thus rehabilitating. allloving. we can now see why we have not just been ego-centric. state when he wrote. corrupted state. 1942). troubled. the only way to 94 . selfish and aggressive. The poet T. Until the conscious mind found the redeeming understanding of why it had to defy the instincts (namely the scientific understanding of the difference in the way genes and nerves process information. Our ‘conscious thinking self’. understanding of the human condition doesn’t condone ‘bad’ behaviour. the intellect was left having to endure a psychologically distressed. And BEST OF ALL. it heals and by so doing ends it. all our upset angry. upset condition. egocentric and alienated behaviour now subsides. conscious humans are actually nothing less than the heroes of the story of life on Earth! This is because our fully conscious mind is surely nature’s greatest invention and to have had to endure the torture of being unjustly condemned as evil for so long (the anthropological evidence indicates we humans have been fully conscious for some two million years) must make us the absolute heroes of the story of life on Earth.) From being competitive. that one is an orientating learning system while the other is an insightful learning system). bringing about the complete TRANSFORMATION OF THE HUMAN RACE.World Transformation Movement – The Book of Real Answers to Everything! implicit criticism from the instincts even though it knew it was unjust. human-condition-afflicted existence finally enables the human race to be healed and thus TRANSFORMED—it makes us ‘whole’ again. ‘We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time’ (Little Gidding. became ‘centred’ or focused on the need to justify itself. 2:17). We became ego-centric. or those you love. What is so exonerating. The only forms of defiance available to the conscious intellect were to attack the instincts’ unjust criticism. or the Amazon. In short—and to return to our human situation because we were the species that acquired the fully conscious mind—the psychologically upset angry. Yes. science has finally enabled us to lift the so-called ‘burden of guilt’ from the human race. finding the exonerating. selfless and loving. try to deny or block from its mind the instincts’ unjust criticism. self-centred or selfish. So if you want to save the snow leopard. psychologically upset. with no choice but to defy that opposition from the instincts. Our round of departure has ended. and back to an uncorrupted. to a psychologically upset ‘fallen’. which will save the world. and attempt to prove the instincts’ unjust criticism wrong. even ego-gone-mad-with-murderous-anger for having to live with so much unjust criticism. We can now see that our conscious mind was NOT the evil villain it has so long been portrayed as—such as in the Bible where Adam and Eve are demonised and ‘banished…from the Garden of Eden’ (Gen. real understanding of ourselves. in fact. but this time enlightened. or yourself. yet ignorant. to understand that we thinking. redeeming understanding of our dark. humans return to being cooperative. which is the dictionary definition of ‘ego’. preoccupied with aggressively competing for opportunities to prove we are good and not bad—we unavoidably became selfish.

at www. a former president of the Canadian Psychiatric Association.worldtransformation.com/real-answers . greatest of all breakthroughs in science: ‘I have no doubt this biological explanation of the human condition is the holy grail of insight we have sought for the psychological rehabilitation of the human race’ (Freedom Book 1. on this dreamed-of. featuring a Foreword by Professor Harry Prosen. print The Book of Real Answers to Everything! by Jeremy Griffith.Save the World do so is through understanding the human condition. 2009.com/real-answers and/or Watch videos on the biological explanation of the human condition and the dreamed-of TRANSFORMATION of the human race that it brings about at www. As just demonstrated. To quote Professor Harry Prosen. See also: Human condition —What is science?—What is love?— Soul — Conscience — Good vs Evil —What is the meaning of life?— Is there a God?— Our ego and egocentric lives — Consciousness — Human nature — Why do people lie? For a book of these explanations to keep or give to others.worldtransformation.worldtransformation.worldtransformation. All rights reserved. with understanding of the human condition found ALL the great issues finally become explainable.com and/or Read Freedom. at www. Part 2:2). the definitive book on the world-transforming explanation of the human condition. www.com/freedom Copyright © Fedmex Pty Ltd (ACN 096 099 286) 2011-2013.

Consciousness

Written by Australian biologist Jeremy Griffith, 2011

Anyone who has searched the term ‘consciousness’ will have found it to be a
subject cloaked with mystery and confusion. BUT there is a very good reason for
this, and it is not because consciousness is an impenetrably complex subject—
it is because it raises the unbearable issue of our seemingly-highly-imperfect,
‘good-and-evil’-afflicted, so-called HUMAN CONDITION!
MOST WONDERFULLY, however, this impasse has been completely resolved
because biology is now finally able to provide the dreamed-of, reconciling,
redeeming and thus psychologically rehabilitating, HUMAN RACE-TRANSFORMING
explanation of the human condition, which at last allows us to explain what
consciousness actually is! (And it should be mentioned that this explanation
of our species’ deeply psychologically troubled condition is not the psychosisavoiding, trivialising, dishonest account of it that the biologist E.O. Wilson has put
forward in his theory of Eusociality, but the psychosis-addressing-and-solving,
real explanation of it.)

The truth is, the subject of consciousness brings our mind so quickly into contact with
the unbearably depressing issue of the human condition that ‘consciousness’ has become
synonymous with—indeed code for—the problem of the human condition. Indeed, in his
book Complexity, the science writer Roger Lewin actually described the great difficulty
we have had of trying to ‘illuminate the phenomena of consciousness’ as ‘a tough challenge…
perhaps the toughest of all’ (1993, p.153). To illustrate the nature and extent of the difficulty,
Lewin relayed the philosopher René Descartes’ own disturbed reaction when he tried
to ‘contemplate consciousness’: ‘So serious are the doubts into which I have been thrown…that I
can neither put them out of my mind nor see any way of resolving them. It feels as if I have fallen
unexpectedly into a deep whirlpool which tumbles me around so that I can neither stand on the
bottom nor swim up to the top’ (p.154).

Consciousness

Yes, trying to think about consciousness meant trying to understand what—when we
humans are the only fully conscious, reasoning, intelligent, extraordinarily clever, canget-a-man-on-the-moon animal—is so intelligent and clever about being so competitive,
selfish and aggressive in our behaviour; indeed, so ruthlessly competitive, selfish and
brutal that human life has become all but unbearable and we have nearly destroyed our
own planet?! No wonder, as it says in Genesis in the Bible, having ‘take[n]’ the ‘fruit…
from the tree of knowledge’ (3:3, 2:17) that was ‘desirable for gaining wisdom’ (3:6)—that is, become
fully conscious, thinking, knowledge-finding beings—we humans became so destructively
behaved, so apparently lacking in ‘wisdom’, that we seemingly deserved to be condemned
and ‘banished…from the Garden of Eden’ (3:23) as defiling, unworthy, evil beings! Instead of
being wonderful, our conscious mind appeared to be THE great evil influence on Earth.
Our conscious mind appeared to be to blame for all the devastation and human suffering in
the world! That is how ‘serious are the doubts’ that thinking about consciousness produced
within us. Yes, a fearful, all-our-moorings-taken-from-under-us, ‘deep whirlpool’ of terrible
depression awaited us if we thought about consciousness.
So, unable—until now—to truthfully answer this deepest and darkest of all questions
of our species’ consciousness-induced, psychologically-troubled, ‘good-and-evil’afflicted, seemingly-imperfect, even ‘fallen’ or corrupted human condition, of are we
humans fundamentally good or bad, we learnt to avoid the whole depressing subject of
consciousness and the issue it raised of the human condition—so much so, in fact, that
the human condition has been described as ‘the personal unspeakable’, and as ‘the black
box inside of humans they can’t go near’. Indeed, the famous psychoanalyst Carl Jung was
referring to the terrifying subject of the human condition when he wrote that ‘When it [our

shadow] appears…it is quite within the bounds of possibility for a man to recognize the relative evil
of his nature, but it is a rare and shattering experience for him to gaze into the face of absolute evil’
(Aion in The Collected Works of C.G. Jung, Vol. 9/2, p.10). Yes, the ‘face of absolute evil’ is the ‘shattering’
‘serious…doubts’-producing possibility—if we allowed our minds to think about it—that we

humans might indeed be a terrible mistake!

What has happened to end this terrible siege, where any subject (like
consciousness) that brought the unbearable issue of the human condition into
focus has been a no-go zone, is that the reconciling, exonerating and thus
psychologically healing, truthful biological explanation of the human condition
has finally been found—allowing us to safely present the (as it turns out) simple
explanation of consciousness.

Yes, Carl Jung was forever saying that ‘wholeness for humans depends on the ability to own
their own shadow’ because he recognised that only finding understanding of our dark side
could end our underlying insecurity about our fundamental goodness and worth as humans
and, in so doing, make us ‘whole’. So what is this breakthrough, liberating, reconciling
and thus psychologically healing, makes-us-‘whole’, truthful biological explanation of the
human condition? Why are humans competitive, selfish and aggressive when the ideals of
life are clearly to be cooperative, selfless and loving?
Certainly, we have invented excuses to justify our species’ seemingly-imperfect
competitive, selfish and aggressive behaviour, the main one being that we have savage
animal instincts that make us fight and compete for food, shelter, territory and a mate.
Of course, this ‘explanation’, which has been put forward in the biological theories of
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Social Darwinism, Sociobiology, Evolutionary Psychology, Multilevel Selection and E.O.
Wilson’s Eusociality and basically argues that ‘genes are competitive and selfish and that’s
why we are’, can’t be the real explanation for our competitive, selfish and aggressive
behaviour. Firstly, it overlooks the fact that our human behaviour involves our unique fully
conscious thinking mind. Descriptions like egocentric, arrogant, deluded, artificial, hateful,
mean, immoral, alienated, etc, all imply a consciousness-derived, psychological dimension
to our behaviour. The real issue—the psychological problem in our thinking minds that
we have suffered from—is the dilemma of our human condition, the issue of our species’
‘good-and-evil’-afflicted, less-than-ideal, even ‘fallen’ or corrupted, state. We humans
suffer from a consciousness-derived, psychological HUMAN CONDITION, not an instinctcontrolled animal condition—our condition is unique to us fully conscious humans.
(A brief description of the theories of Social Darwinism, Sociobiology, Evolutionary
Psychology, Multilevel Selection and Eusociality that blame our divisive behaviour on
savage instincts rather than on a consciousness-derived psychosis is presented in the What
is Science? article in this, The Book of Real Answers to Everything!, with the complete
account provided in Part 4:12 of the freely-available, online book Freedom Book 1.)
The second reason the savage-instincts-in-us excuse can’t possibly be the real
explanation for our divisive, selfish and aggressive behaviour is that it overlooks the fact
that we humans have altruistic, cooperative, loving moral instincts—what we recognise as
our ‘conscience’—and these moral instincts in us are not derived from reciprocity, from
situations where you only do something for others in return for a benefit from them, as
Evolutionary Psychologists would have us believe. And nor are they derived from warring
with other groups of humans as advocates of the theory of Eusociality would have us
believe. No, we have an unconditionally selfless, fully altruistic, truly loving, universallyconsiderate-of-others-not-competitive-with-other-groups, genuinely moral conscience.
Our original instinctive state was the opposite of being competitive, selfish and aggressive:
it was fully cooperative, selfless and loving. (How we humans acquired unconditionally
selfless moral instincts when it would seem that an unconditionally selfless, fully altruistic
trait is going to self-eliminate and thus not ever be able to become established in a species
is briefly explained in the above-mentioned What is Science? article, and more fully
explained in Part 8:4 of Freedom Book 1—however, the point being made here is that
the savage-instincts-in-us excuse is completely inconsistent with the fact that we have
genuine and entirely moral instincts, NOT savage instincts. Charles Darwin recognised the
difference in our moral nature when he said that ‘the moral sense affords the best and highest
distinction between man and the lower animals’ (The Descent of Man, 1871, p.495).)
So, what is the truthful, human-condition-addressing rather than human-conditionavoiding, biological explanation of our species’ present seemingly-highly-imperfect,
competitive, selfish and aggressive behaviour? The answer begins with an analysis of what
exactly consciousness is, and what was the effect of its emergence in humans, because
only by confronting not avoiding the issue of what consciousness is can we arrive at the
redeeming explanation of our seemingly-imperfect competitive, selfish and aggressive
human condition.
Very briefly, nerves were originally developed for the coordination of movement in
animals, but, once developed, their ability to store impressions—which is what we refer
to as ‘memory’—gave rise to the potential to develop understanding of cause and effect.
If you can remember past events, you can compare them with current events and identify
regularly occurring experiences. This knowledge of, or insight into, what has commonly
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Basically. once our self-adjusting conscious mind emerged it was capable of taking over the management of our lives from the instinctive orientations we had acquired through the natural selection of genetic traits that adapted us to our environment. when our intellect began to exert itself and experiment in the management of life from a basis of understanding. To elaborate. nerves can sufficiently associate information to reason how experiences are related. selfish and aggressive state that we call the human condition. However. To illustrate the situation. up until then. Much developed. the relationship between events that occur through time. or intelligent about. the self-modified behaviour starts to provide feedback. it was at this juncture. HOWEVER. Our intellect began to experiment in understanding as the only means of discovering the correct and incorrect understandings for managing existence. Once insights into the nature of change are put into effect. Predictions are compared with outcomes and so on. Thus consciousness means being sufficiently aware of how experiences are related to attempt to manage change from a basis of understanding. our conscious intellect was then in a position to wrest control from our genebased learning system’s instincts. that one is an orientating learning system while the other is an insightful learning system). refining the insights further. learn to understand and become CONSCIOUS of. and such refinement occurred in the human brain. but the instincts—being in effect ‘unaware’ or ‘ignorant’ of the intellect’s need to carry out these experiments— ‘opposed’ any understanding-produced deviations from the established instinctive orientations: they ‘criticised’ and ‘tried to stop’ the conscious mind’s necessary search for knowledge. Until the conscious mind found the redeeming understanding of why it had to defy the instincts (namely the scientific understanding of the difference in the way genes and nerves process information. or aware of.’ But such a deviation from the migratory flight path would naturally result in the instincts resisting the deviation. the intellect could not afford to give in to the instincts.Consciousness occurred in the past enables you to predict what is likely to happen in the future and to adjust your behaviour accordingly. and unable to understand and thus explain why its experiments in self-adjustment were necessary. 99 . ‘I’ll fly down to that island and have a rest. What is so significant about this process is that once our nerve-based learning system became sufficiently developed for us to become conscious and able to effectively manage events. The bird is following an instinctive flight path acquired over thousands of generations of natural selection. the conscious intellect had no way of refuting the implicit criticism from the instincts even though it knew it was unjust. but it now has a conscious mind that needs to understand how to behave. Obviously. intelligent self. imagine what would happen if we put a fully conscious mind on the head of a migrating bird. when our conscious intellect emerged it was neither suitable nor sustainable for it to be orientated by instincts—it had to find understanding to operate effectively and fulfil its great potential to manage life. a battle unavoidably broke out between the instinctive self and the newer conscious. and the only way it can acquire that understanding is by experimenting in understanding—for example. when our conscious intellect challenged our instincts for control. that a terrible battle broke out between our instincts and intellect. the intellect was left having to endure a psychologically distressed. leaving the conscious intellect in a serious dilemma: if it obeys its instincts it will not feel ‘criticised’ by its instincts but neither will it find knowledge. the effect of which was the extremely competitive. in effect challenging the role of the already established instinctual self. which. thinking. had been controlling our lives.

the human race moves from a consciousness-condemned. understanding of the human condition doesn’t condone ‘bad’ behaviour. state when he wrote. alienated and egocentric human-condition-afflicted state appeared. The Book of Real Answers to Everything!. but egoinfuriated. we can now see why we have not just been ego-centric. science has finally enabled us to lift the so-called ‘burden of guilt’ from the human race. human-condition-afflicted existence finally enables the human race to be healed and thus TRANSFORMED—it makes us ‘whole’ again. Finding the exonerating. as Jung said it would. even ego-gone-mad-with-murderous-anger for having to live with so much unjust criticism. We became ego-centric. self-centred or selfish. Part 2:2). We can now see that our conscious thinking mind was NOT the evil villain it has so long been portrayed as. 2009. human-condition-free state. preoccupied with aggressively competing for opportunities to prove we are good and not bad—we unavoidably became selfish. alienated and egocentric behaviour—in fact. greatest of all breakthroughs in science: ‘I have no doubt this biological explanation of the human condition is the holy grail of insight we have sought for the psychological rehabilitation of the human race’ (Freedom Book 1. Our round of departure has ended. to understand that we conscious humans are actually nothing less than the heroes of the story of life on Earth! This is because our fully conscious mind is surely nature’s greatest invention and to have had to endure the torture of being unjustly condemned as evil for so long (the anthropological evidence indicates we humans have been fully conscious for some two million years) must make us the absolute heroes of the story of life on Earth. Yes. which is the dictionary definition of ‘ego’. it heals and by so doing ends it. yet ignorant. human-condition-afflicted state to a consciousness-exonerated. egocentric and alienated behaviour now subsides. try to deny or block from its mind the instincts’ unjust criticism.S. and attempt to prove the instincts’ unjust criticism wrong. with no choice but to defy that opposition from the instincts. selfless and loving. became ‘centred’ or focused on the need to justify itself. such as in the Garden of Eden story. From being competitive. because this explanation of the human condition is redeeming and thus rehabilitating. In short—and to return to our human situation because we were the species that acquired the fully conscious mind—the psychologically upset angry. to a psychologically upset ‘fallen’. bringing about the complete TRANSFORMATION OF THE HUMAN RACE—and importantly. psychologically upset. corrupted state. all our upset angry. What is so exonerating. The only forms of defiance available to the conscious intellect were to attack the instincts’ unjust criticism. but this time enlightened. 1942). state. Note: The answer to the outstanding question of why humans acquired the fully conscious mind while other species didn’t is briefly explained in the article on Conscience in this. redeeming understanding of our dark. selfish and aggressive. Our ‘conscious thinking self’. totally TRANSFORMING— about this explanation of the human condition is that we can finally appreciate that there was a very good reason for our consciousness-induced angry. on this dreamedof. a former president of the Canadian Psychiatric Association. Eliot wonderfully articulated our species’ journey from an original innocent. No. The poet T. To quote Professor Harry Prosen. in fact. and back to an uncorrupted. humans return to being cooperative. 100 . troubled. ‘We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time’ (Little Gidding.World Transformation Movement – The Book of Real Answers to Everything! upset condition. rehabilitating and healing—in fact. with a more comprehensive account appearing in Part 8:7 of Freedom Book 1. And BEST OF ALL. aggressive and competitive.

featuring a Foreword by Professor Harry Prosen. specifically Part 8:7 on the nature and origin of consciousness. www.worldtransformation.worldtransformation.worldtransformation.com/freedom Copyright © Fedmex Pty Ltd (ACN 096 099 286) 2011-2013. print The Book of Real Answers to Everything! by Jeremy Griffith.com and/or Read Freedom.worldtransformation. the definitive book on the world-transforming explanation of the human condition.Consciousness As just demonstrated. See also: Human condition —What is science?—What is love?— Soul — Conscience — Good vs Evil —What is the meaning of life?— Is there a God?— Human nature — Our ego and egocentric lives — How can we save the world?— Why do people lie? For a book of these explanations to keep or give to others.com/real-answers .com/real-answers and/or Watch videos on the biological explanation of the human condition and the dreamed-of TRANSFORMATION of the human race that it brings about at www. All rights reserved. at www. with understanding of the human condition found ALL the great issues finally become explainable. at www.

dishonest account of it that the biologist E. ‘burden-of-guilt’lifting and thus rehabilitating. why have we humans been so competitive. Wilson has put forward in his theory of Eusociality. why are we so ruthlessly competitive. real question about human behaviour is ‘are humans good or are we possibly the terrible mistake that all the evidence seems to unequivocally indicate we might be?’ Our human nature is such that while we are capable of great love we also have an unspeakable history of brutality. As such. selfish and aggressive’. underlying. core. this greatest of all breakthroughs in the human journey of conscious thought and enquiry has arrived! Yes. we humans have been the most ferocious and destructive force that has ever lived on Earth—and the eternal question has been ‘why?’ Even in our everyday behaviour. selfless and loving? In fact.) Yes. rape. but it isn’t—because when the underlying psychological insecurity that causes our troubled HUMAN CONDITION is resolved. seemingly-imperfect. selfish and brutal that human life has become all but unbearable and we have nearly destroyed our own planet?! . it actually refers to our species’ less-than-ideally-behaved. even ‘good and evil’-afflicted. Despite all our marvellous accomplishments. ‘good-and-evil’-reconciling. biology is finally able to provide us with the exonerating. HUMAN-RACE-TRANSFORMING explanation of our human condition-afflicted human nature! (And it should be mentioned that this explanation of our species’ deeply psychologically troubled condition is not the psychosis-avoiding. torture. 2011 The term ‘human nature’ is much more than a reference to human behaviour.Human Nature Written by Australian biologist Jeremy Griffith.O. we sometimes assume human nature is unchangeable. real explanation of it. the agonising. namely cooperative. but the psychosis-addressingand-solving. the long dreamed-of TRANSFORMATION of the human race occurs! And. so-called human condition—as in ‘it’s only human nature for people to be competitive. MOST WONDERFULLY. selfish and aggressive when clearly the ideals of life are to be the complete opposite. trivialising. murder and war.

faith. the real need if we were to actually succeed in doing so was to find the means to love the dark side of ourselves—to find the reconciling understanding of our ‘good-and-evil’-afflicted human condition that was causing so much suffering and destruction! Carl Jung was forever saying that ‘wholeness for humans depends on the ability to own their own shadow’ because he recognised that only finding understanding of our dark side could end our underlying insecurity about our fundamental goodness and worth as humans and. to quote The Rolling Stones. real explanation of it. 9/2. most relievingly. Wilson has put forward in his theory of Eusociality. reconciled. the ‘face of absolute evil’ in our ‘nature’ is the ‘shattering’ possibility—if we allowed our minds to think about it—that we humans might indeed be a terrible mistake! So even though the issue of the human condition has been the real. in fact. to truthfully answer this deepest and darkest of all questions about human nature—in fact. p. in so doing. The truth is that while much attention has been given to the need to love each other and the environment if we are to ‘save the world’. 1976. underlying issue we needed to solve if we were to exonerate and thus rehabilitate human behaviour. Jung. cruelty. One day there had to be. it now finally has been! Yes. greed and indifference] could we defeat those dark forces with a true understanding of their nature and origin’ (Jung and the Story of Our Time.24). even ‘fallen’ or corrupted condition could allow us to cross ‘the historical abyss’ that ‘separate[d] us’ from a ‘compassion[ate]’. ‘True love is love of the difficult and unlovable’ (Journey Into Russia. we have been so fearful of the subject of the human condition that instead of confronting it and trying to solve it we have been preoccupied denying and escaping it. ameliorated. ‘meaning[ful]’ view of ourselves. of finding understanding of our human condition. the great hope.29). Drawing again from the writings of van der Post: ‘Compassion leaves an indelible blueprint of the recognition that life so sorely needs between one individual and another. make us ‘whole’. we learnt to avoid the whole depressing subject. Vol. the famous psychoanalyst Carl Jung was referring to the terrifying subject of the human condition when he wrote that ‘When it [our shadow] appears…it is quite within the bounds of possibility for a man to recognize the relative evil of his nature.145) and ‘Only by understanding how we were all a part of the same contemporary pattern [of wars. dishonest account of it that E. Indeed. is finally here! (Again. one nation and another. about our human condition—of are we humans fundamentally good or bad. one culture and another. until now. p. it has to be stressed that this explanation of our deeply psychologically troubled condition is not the psychosis-avoiding. p. True compassion was ultimately the only means by which peace and love could come to our planet and it could only be achieved through understanding. Indeed.O.10). this ‘future’ that Jung and van der Post looked forward to. truthful. Yes. and as ‘the black box inside of humans they can’t go near’. but it is a rare and shattering experience for him to gaze into the face of absolute evil’ (Aion in The Collected Works of C. trivialising.) 103 .G. and the increase of life and meaning that awaits us in the future’ (ibid. 1964. psychologically rehabilitating and thus transforming understanding of the human condition would one day be found—which.Human Nature Unable. only ‘true understanding of the nature and origin’ of our species’ ‘good-and-evil’-afflicted. Yes. but the psychosis-addressingand-solving. we had to find ‘true understanding’ of the ‘nature and origin’ of the ‘dark forces’ in human nature. ‘sympathy for the devil’—one day. It is also valid for the road which our spirit should be building now for crossing the historical abyss that still separates us from a truly contemporary vision of life. trust and in fact belief of the human race has been that redeeming. that the human condition has been described as ‘the personal unspeakable’. p. so much so. The pre-eminent philosopher Sir Laurens van der Post was making the same point when he said.

psychological HUMAN CONDITION. from situations where you only do something for others in return for a benefit from them. Firstly.O. territory and a mate. loving moral instincts—what we recognise as our ‘conscience’—and these moral instincts in us are not derived from reciprocity.) The second reason the savage-instincts-in-us excuse can’t possibly be the real explanation for our divisive. even ‘fallen’ or corrupted. NOT savage instincts. Sociobiology. selfish and aggressive: it was fully cooperative. psychological dimension to our behaviour. Wilson’s Eusociality and basically argues that ‘genes are competitive and selfish and that’s why we are’. we have invented excuses to justify our seemingly-imperfect competitive. we have an unconditionally selfless. Evolutionary Psychology. human-condition-addressing rather than human-conditionavoiding. state. fully altruistic. selfless and loving. Multilevel Selection and Eusociality that blame our divisive behaviour on savage instincts rather than on a consciousness-derived psychosis is presented in the What is Science? article in this. Sociobiology. selfish and aggressive behaviour is that it overlooks the fact that we humans have altruistic. mean. selfish and aggressive behaviour. as Evolutionary Psychologists would have us believe. online book Freedom Book 1. Of course. less-than-ideal. shelter. Evolutionary Psychology. We humans suffer from a consciousness-derived. the point being made here is that the savage-instincts-in-us excuse is completely inconsistent with the fact that we have genuine and entirely moral instincts. Charles Darwin recognised the difference in our moral nature when he said that ‘the moral sense affords the best and highest distinction between man and the lower animals’ (The Descent of Man. etc. all imply a consciousness-derived. The real issue—the psychological problem in our thinking minds that we have suffered from—is the dilemma of our human condition. can’t be the real explanation for our competitive.495). (How we humans acquired unconditionally selfless moral instincts when it would seem that an unconditionally selfless. what is the truthful. artificial. universallyconsiderate-of-others-not-competitive-with-other-groups. with the complete account provided in Part 4:12 of the freely-available. psychosis-addressing-and-solving.) So. truthful explanation of the human condition that brings about the complete change in human nature— in fact. the issue of our species’ ‘good-and-evil’-afflicted. competitive. it overlooks the fact that our human behaviour involves our unique fully conscious thinking mind. Multilevel Selection and E. p. this ‘explanation’. cooperative. immoral. The Book of Real Answers to Everything!. 104 . truly loving. the long dreamed-of TRANSFORMATION of the human race? Certainly. hateful. No. fully altruistic trait is going to self-eliminate and thus not ever be able to become established in a species is briefly explained in the above-mentioned What is Science? article. biological explanation of our species’ present seemingly-highly-imperfect. and more fully explained in Part 8:4 of Freedom Book 1—however. not an instinctcontrolled animal condition—our condition is unique to us fully conscious humans. genuinely moral conscience. And nor are they derived from warring with other groups of humans as advocates of the theory of Eusociality would have us believe. 1871. (A brief description of the theories of Social Darwinism. Descriptions like egocentric.World Transformation Movement – The Book of Real Answers to Everything! So. deluded. what is the wonderful. selfish and aggressive behaviour. which has been put forward in the biological theories of Social Darwinism. the main one being that we have savage animal instincts that make us fight and compete for food. selfish and aggressive human nature or condition? The answer begins with an analysis of consciousness. alienated. Our original instinctive state was the opposite of being competitive. arrogant.

selfish and aggressive state that we call the human condition. What is so significant about this process is that once our nerve-based learning system became sufficiently developed for us to become conscious and able to effectively manage events. the self-modified behaviour starts to provide feedback. which. Much developed. when our intellect began to exert itself and experiment in the management of life from a basis of understanding. refining the insights further. If you can remember past events. and the only way it can acquire that understanding is by experimenting in understanding—for example. nerves were originally developed for the coordination of movement in animals. learn to understand and become CONSCIOUS of. when our conscious intellect emerged it was neither suitable nor sustainable for it to be orientated by instincts—it had to find understanding to operate effectively and fulfil its great potential to manage life. a battle unavoidably broke out between the instinctive self and the newer conscious self. their ability to store impressions—which is what we refer to as ‘memory’—gave rise to the potential to develop understanding of cause and effect. Predictions are compared with outcomes and so on. leaving the conscious intellect in a serious dilemma: if it obeys its instincts it will not feel ‘criticised’ by its instincts but neither will it find knowledge.’ But such a deviation from the migratory flight path would naturally result in the instincts resisting the deviation. the intellect could not afford to give in to the instincts. ‘I’ll fly down to that island and have a rest. To illustrate the situation. the relationship between events that occur through time. once developed. in effect challenging the role of the already established instinctual self. when our conscious intellect challenged our instincts for control. Our intellect began to experiment in understanding as the only means of discovering the correct and incorrect understandings for managing existence. thinking. but it now has a conscious mind that needs to understand how to behave. you can compare them with current events and identify regularly occurring experiences. what has commonly occurred in the past enables you to predict what is likely to happen in the future and to adjust your behaviour accordingly.Human Nature Very briefly. Thus consciousness means being sufficiently aware of how experiences are related to attempt to manage change from a basis of understanding. and such refinement occurred in the human brain. it was at this juncture. To elaborate. but. the effect of which was the extremely competitive. but the instincts—being in effect ‘unaware’ or ‘ignorant’ of the intellect’s need to carry out these experiments— ‘opposed’ any understanding-produced deviations from the established instinctive orientations: they ‘criticised’ and ‘tried to stop’ the conscious mind’s necessary search for knowledge. imagine what would happen if we put a fully conscious mind on the head of a migrating bird. Basically. Once insights into the nature of change are put into effect. However. This knowledge of. had been controlling our lives. Obviously. The bird is following an instinctive flight path acquired over thousands of generations of natural selection. that a terrible battle broke out between our instincts and intellect. and unable to understand and thus explain why its experiments 105 . or insight into. or aware of. up until then. or intelligent about. nerves can sufficiently associate information to reason how experiences are related. HOWEVER. our conscious intellect was then in a position to wrest control from our gene-based learning system’s instincts. once our self-adjusting intellect emerged it was capable of taking over the management of our lives from the instinctive orientations we had acquired through the natural selection of genetic traits that adapted us to our environment.

became ‘centred’ or focused on the need to justify itself. ‘knowledge’-finding. that one is an orientating learning system while the other is an insightful learning system). science has finally enabled us to lift the so-called ‘burden of guilt’ from the human race. psychologically upset. We can now see that the conscious thinking self or ego was NOT the evil villain it has so long been portrayed as—such as in the Bible where Adam and Eve are demonised and ‘banished…from the Garden of Eden’ (Gen. state. egocentric and alienated behaviour now subsides. The only forms of defiance available to the conscious intellect were to attack the instincts’ unjust criticism. yet ignorant. which is the dictionary definition of ‘ego’. In short—and to return to our human situation because we were the species that acquired the fully conscious mind—the psychologically upset angry. state when he wrote. moral state for taking the ‘fruit…from the tree of knowledge’ (ibid. What is so exonerating. We became ego-centric. in fact. but this time enlightened. it heals and by so doing ends it. Eliot wonderfully articulated our species’ journey from an original innocent. human nature returns to being cooperative. And BEST OF ALL. because this explanation of the human condition is redeeming and thus rehabilitating. alienated and egocentric behaviour—in fact. conscious humans are actually nothing less than the heroes of the story of life on Earth! This is because our fully conscious mind is surely nature’s greatest invention and to have had to endure the torture of being unjustly condemned as evil for so long (the anthropological evidence indicates we humans have been fully conscious for some two million years) must make us the absolute heroes of the story of life on Earth. rehabilitating and healing about this explanation of the human condition is that we can finally appreciate that there was a very good reason for our angry. preoccupied with aggressively competing for opportunities to prove we are good and not bad—we unavoidably became selfish. and attempt to prove the instincts’ unjust criticism wrong. human-condition-afflicted existence finally enables the human race to be healed and thus TRANSFORMED—it makes us ‘whole’ again. The poet T. Until the conscious mind found the redeeming understanding of why it had to defy the instincts (namely the scientific understanding of the difference in the way genes and nerves process information. 106 .World Transformation Movement – The Book of Real Answers to Everything! in self-adjustment were necessary. all-loving. to a psychologically upset ‘fallen’. the intellect was left having to endure a psychologically distressed. selfish and aggressive. Our round of departure has ended. alienated and egocentric human-condition-afflicted state appeared. bringing about the complete TRANSFORMATION OF THE HUMAN RACE—and importantly. the conscious intellect had no way of refuting the implicit criticism from the instincts even though it knew it was unjust. corrupted state. From being competitive. and back to an uncorrupted. a former president of the Canadian Psychiatric Association. ‘We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time’ (Little Gidding. but ego-infuriated. selfless and loving. even ego-gone-mad-with-murderous-anger for having to live with so much unjust criticism. 3:23) of our original innocent. we can now see why we have not just been ego-centric. No.S. self-centred or selfish. finding the exonerating. try to deny or block from its mind the instincts’ unjust criticism. to understand that we thinking. troubled. all our upset angry. redeeming understanding of our dark. To quote Professor Harry Prosen. Our ‘conscious thinking self’. with no choice but to defy that opposition from the instincts. 2:17). aggressive and competitive. understanding of the human condition doesn’t condone ‘bad’ behaviour. 3:3. Yes. upset condition. as Jung said it would. 1942).

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O. explain why we humans are fundamentally good and not bad. Since the greater truth is that humans aren’t fundamentally bad. human-race-transforming EXPLANATION OF THE HUMAN CONDITION —which means denial/lying IS now redundant and WILL disappear from human behaviour forever. the lie that ‘The apple pie fell in my lap’ was actually more honest than the truth that ‘I stole the apple pie’!! Yes. of protecting ourselves from the unjust condemnation emanating both from within and from the world at large. and no one will ever again wonder why do people lie because no one will ever again need to lie!! (And it should be mentioned that this relieving explanation of our species’ deeply psychologically troubled condition is not the psychosis-avoiding. relieving and thus psychologically rehabilitating. dishonest account of it that the biologist E. and so it was that DENIAL or EVASION or LYING became an unavoidable feature of human behaviour. however. biology is now at last able to provide this dreamed-of. ‘goodand-evil’-afflicted. MOST WONDERFULLY. only when we could explain the human condition. real explanation of it. Unfortunately. we are in fact the complete opposite! How this is possible—how humans could be good when we appear to be bad—is the great paradox of the human condition that the whole human race has sought to explain and understand since our species first became conscious some two million years ago. a lie that said we weren’t bad was less of a lie than a partial truth that said we were. In this sense. seemingly-imperfect. trivialising. even ‘fallen’ or corrupted HUMAN CONDITION is that while we humans may appear to be a bad or unworthy species. 2011 The reason why people lie and live in denial is because we humans will not accept that we are fundamentally bad or unworthy— AND NOR SHOULD WE! The greater truth about our less-than-ideally-behaved. So that’s why people lie—to protect themselves from unjust condemnation. but the psychosis-addressing-and-solving.Why do People Lie? Written by Australian biologist Jeremy Griffith. would the need for denial/lying disappear from human behaviour. ‘good-and-evil’-reconciling. ‘burden-of-guilt’-lifting. redeeming.) . until we found that clarifying understanding of ourselves we needed some way of coping. Wilson has put forward in his theory of Eusociality.

when the ancients emblazoned the words ‘Man. That day of days. the sun is finally coming up to drain away all the darkness from our lives. ‘No retreat. we humans have very often been extremely competitive. Similarly. we now have the truthful. healing and thus TRANSFORMING. it is now possible to present that dreamedof. When we humans shook our fist at the heavens we were in essence saying. make us ‘whole’. ‘One day. truthful biological understanding of the human condition is finally here. that greatest of all breakthroughs has finally arrived. ‘Give me liberty [from unjust condemnation] or give me death’—and hence the reason why people lie. Despite all our marvellous accomplishments. worthless species because we don’t believe we are. specifically self-knowledge. (Importantly. as incredible as it is. we are going to explain that we humans are good and not bad after all. truthful explanation of human nature would finally be found. the eternal hope. The dawn of enlightenment has arrived. That holy grail of the human journey of finding first principle-based. real explanation for why we are not! When the famous psychoanalyst Carl Jung said. one day. And.Why do People Lie? The dilemma of the human condition arises from the fact that while it’s undeniable that humans are capable of great love. reconciling and rehabilitating. faith. namely cooperative. freeing humans at last of their insecure. Yes. is what the human race has been tirelessly working towards since the dawn of consciousness some two million years ago. healing and redeeming understanding to our ‘good-and-evil’-afflicted. it heals and by so doing ends it. HOWEVER.) From a situation of bewildering confusion and darkness about what it is to be human we have broken through to a world drenched in the light of relieving understanding. aggressive and selfish when clearly the ideals of life are to be the complete opposite. understanding of the human condition doesn’t condone or sanction ‘bad’ behaviour. bring relieving. murder and war. we also have an unspeakable history of brutality. while all the evidence has seemed to indicate that we are a deeply flawed species. in so doing. loving and selfless. good-and-evil-embattled human condition. deeply psychologically troubled human condition—and we couldn’t rest until we found it! Every day that we got out of bed and faced the world we were defying the implication that we were bad. even some terrible mistake. and. trust and indeed belief of the human race has been that one day the all-clarifying. 109 . rape. both to themselves and others: we simply will not accept that we are a fundamentally bad. no surrender’. and until that day arrives we are not going to accept criticism!’—hence our defiant refrains. ‘Death before dishonour’. in the process. through the advances that have been made in science. ‘wholeness for humans depends on the ability to own their own shadow’ it was because he recognised that ONLY finding understanding of our dark side could end our underlying insecurity about our fundamental goodness and worth as humans and. This is THE most amazing moment in human history. reconciling. we humans have always believed there had to be a greater truth that would explain and. most wonderfully. truthful understanding of ourselves. the reality is that humans have been the most ferocious and destructive force that has ever lived on Earth! Even in our everyday behaviour. torture. know thyself’ across their sacred temples it was because ONLY understanding of the psychological reason for why we humans have not been ideally behaved could heal that condition. Knowledge.

Of course. Our original instinctive state was the opposite of being competitive. all imply a consciousness-derived. etc. deluded. truly loving. and more fully explained in Part 8:4 of Freedom Book 1—however. cooperative. fully altruistic. truthful biological explanation of the human condition that brings about the long dreamed-of TRANSFORMATION of the human race—in the process rendering denial/lying obsolete and thus ending the need to ask ‘why do people lie?’ Before presenting the truthful explanation of the human condition. hateful. shelter. this ‘explanation’. The Book of Real Answers to Everything!. it overlooks the fact that human behaviour involves our unique fully conscious thinking mind. artificial. immoral. Wilson’s Eusociality and basically argues that ‘genes are competitive and selfish and that’s why we are’. selfless and loving. Multilevel Selection and E. selfish and aggressive behaviour is a product of savage animal instincts in us that make us fight and compete for food. alienated. not an instinctcontrolled animal condition—our condition is unique to us fully conscious humans. And nor are they derived from warring with other groups of humans as advocates of the theory of Eusociality would have us believe. We humans suffer from a consciousness-derived. mean. The real issue—the psychological problem in our thinking minds that we have suffered from—is the dilemma of our human condition. NOT savage instincts. as Evolutionary Psychologists would have us believe. we have an unconditionally selfless. with the complete account provided in Part 4:12 of the freely-available. Sociobiology. Evolutionary Psychology. selfish and aggressive behaviour.O. Charles Darwin recognised the 110 . exonerating and thus psychologically rehabilitating. can’t be the real explanation for our competitive. Yes. Firstly. Multilevel Selection and Eusociality that blame our divisive behaviour on savage instincts rather than on a consciousness-derived psychosis is presented in the What is Science? article in this. psychological dimension to our behaviour. what is the wonderfully reconciling. less-than-ideal. state. which has been put forward in the biological theories of Social Darwinism. No. universallyconsiderate-of-others-not-competitive-with-other-groups. Evolutionary Psychology. (A brief description of the theories of Social Darwinism. the false excuse/ lie that we employed to justify our species’ divisive competitive. in one of the most extreme examples of how humans have used denial/lies as a defence against the unjust condemnation of our seemingly-imperfect human condition. from situations where you only do something for others in return for a benefit from them. the point being made here is that the savage-instincts-in-us excuse is completely inconsistent with the fact that we have genuine and entirely moral instincts. selfish and aggressive behaviour is that it overlooks the fact that we humans have altruistic. even ‘fallen’ or corrupted. psychological HUMAN CONDITION.World Transformation Movement – The Book of Real Answers to Everything! So. arrogant. biologists asserted that our competitive. territory and a mate. Descriptions like egocentric.) The second reason the savage-instincts-in-us excuse can’t possibly be the real explanation for our divisive. the issue of our species’ ‘good-and-evil’-afflicted. fully altruistic trait is going to self-eliminate and thus not ever be able to become established in a species is briefly explained in the above-mentioned What is Science? article. (How we humans acquired unconditionally selfless moral instincts when it would seem that an unconditionally selfless. genuinely moral conscience. selfish and aggressive behaviour while we couldn’t truthfully explain it needs to be mentioned. online book Freedom Book 1. selfish and aggressive: it was fully cooperative. Sociobiology. loving moral instincts—what we recognise as our ‘conscience’—and these moral instincts in us are not derived from reciprocity.

p. selfish and aggressive state that we call the human condition. HOWEVER. nerves can sufficiently associate information to reason how experiences are related. human-condition-addressing rather than human-condition-avoiding. and such refinement occurred in the human brain. If you can remember past events. Very briefly. you can compare them with current events and identify regularly occurring experiences. but it now has a conscious mind that needs to understand how to behave. the self-modified behaviour starts to provide feedback. denial/lying-free. To elaborate. but. when our intellect began to exert itself and experiment in the management of life from a basis of understanding. their ability to store impressions—which is what we refer to as ‘memory’—gave rise to the potential to develop understanding of cause and effect. when our conscious intellect challenged our instincts for control.) So. nerves were originally developed for the coordination of movement in animals. Predictions are compared with outcomes and so on. a battle unavoidably broke out between the instinctive self and the newer conscious self. Basically. competitive. which. once developed. or aware of. or insight into. the effect of which was the extremely competitive. but the instincts—being in effect ‘unaware’ or ‘ignorant’ of the intellect’s need to carry out these experiments— ‘opposed’ any understanding-produced deviations from the established instinctive orientations: they ‘criticised’ and ‘tried to stop’ the conscious mind’s necessary search for knowledge. This knowledge of. To illustrate the situation. What is so significant about this process is that once our nerve-based learning system became sufficiently developed for us to become conscious and able to effectively manage events. what has commonly occurred in the past enables you to predict what is likely to happen in the future and to adjust your behaviour accordingly. in effect challenging the role of the already established instinctual self. the relationship between events that occur through time. our conscious intellect was then in a position to wrest control from our gene-based learning system’s instincts. that a terrible battle broke out between our instincts and intellect. and the only way it can acquire 111 . selfish and aggressive behaviour? The answer begins with an analysis of consciousness. The bird is following an instinctive flight path acquired over thousands of generations of natural selection. up until then. learn to understand and become CONSCIOUS of. had been controlling our lives. it was at this juncture. biological explanation of our species’ present seeminglyhighly-imperfect. Our intellect began to experiment in understanding as the only means of discovering the correct and incorrect understandings for managing existence. what is the truthful. However.495). imagine what would happen if we put a fully conscious mind on the head of a migrating bird. when our conscious intellect emerged it was neither suitable nor sustainable for it to be orientated by instincts—it had to find understanding to operate effectively and fulfil its great potential to manage life. Thus consciousness means being sufficiently aware of how experiences are related to attempt to manage change from a basis of understanding. Once insights into the nature of change are put into effect. Much developed. or intelligent about.Why do People Lie? difference in our moral nature when he said that ‘the moral sense affords the best and highest distinction between man and the lower animals’ (The Descent of Man. 1871. once our self-adjusting intellect emerged it was capable of taking over the management of our lives from the instinctive orientations we had acquired through the natural selection of genetic traits that adapted us to our environment. refining the insights further.

alienated and egocentric lives. denial/lying-based alienated behaviour now subsides. in fact. The poet T. even ego-gone-mad-with-pathological-lying-and-murderous-rage for having to live with so much unjust criticism. In short—and to return to our human situation because we were the species that acquired the fully conscious mind—the psychologically upset angry. to understand that we thinking.S. the conscious intellect had no way of refuting the implicit criticism from the instincts even though it knew it was unjust. From being competitive. alienated and egocentric human-condition-afflicted state appeared—and with it. aggressive and competitive. 3:3. bringing about the complete TRANSFORMATION OF THE HUMAN RACE. Our ‘conscious thinking self’. that one is an orientating learning system while the other is an insightful learning system). thinking. moral state for taking the ‘fruit…from the tree of knowledge’ (ibid. the intellect could not afford to give in to the instincts. because this explanation of the human condition is redeeming and thus rehabilitating. Our round of departure has ended. rehabilitating and healing—and eliminating of the need for denial and deception—about this explanation of the human condition is that we can finally appreciate that there was a very good reason for our angry. the intellect was left having to endure a psychologically distressed.’ But such a deviation from the migratory flight path would naturally result in the instincts resisting the deviation. which is the dictionary definition of ‘ego’. 3:23) of our original innocent. became ‘centred’ or focused on the need to justify itself. 2:17). to a psychologically upset ‘fallen’. selfless and loving. leaving the conscious intellect in a serious dilemma: if it obeys its instincts it will not feel ‘criticised’ by its instincts but neither will it find knowledge. And BEST OF ALL. ‘knowledge’-finding. yet ignorant. ‘I’ll fly down to that island and have a rest. but 112 . selfish and aggressive. We can now see that our conscious mind was NOT the evil villain it has so long been portrayed as—such as in the Bible where Adam and Eve are demonised and ‘banished…from the Garden of Eden’ (Gen. and attempt to prove the instincts’ unjust criticism wrong. allloving. The only forms of defiance available to the conscious intellect were to attack the instincts’ unjust criticism. science has finally enabled us to lift the so-called ‘burden of guilt’ from the human race. the art of lying. self-centred or selfish. Obviously. humans return to being cooperative. we can now see why we have not just been ego-centric. with no choice but to defy that opposition from the instincts. state. We became egocentric. Until the conscious mind found the redeeming understanding of why it had to defy the instincts (namely the scientific understanding of the difference in the way genes and nerves process information. What is so exonerating. and back to an uncorrupted. No. all our upset angry. corrupted state. preoccupied with aggressively competing for opportunities to prove we are good and not bad—we unavoidably became selfish. but ego-infuriated. try to deny or block from its mind the instincts’ unjust criticism. conscious humans are actually nothing less than the heroes of the story of life on Earth! This is because our fully conscious mind is surely nature’s greatest invention and to have had to endure the torture of being unjustly condemned as evil for so long (the anthropological evidence indicates we humans have been fully conscious for some two million years) must make us the absolute heroes of the story of life on Earth. egocentric and dishonest. in fact. Eliot wonderfully articulated our species’ journey from an original innocent. upset condition. and unable to understand and thus explain why its experiments in self-adjustment were necessary.World Transformation Movement – The Book of Real Answers to Everything! that understanding is by experimenting in understanding—for example.

at www. www. as Jung said it would.worldtransformation. 1942). human-condition-afflicted existence finally enables the human race to be healed and thus TRANSFORMED—it makes us ‘whole’ again. 2009. To quote Professor Harry Prosen.com and/or Read Freedom.com/freedom Copyright © Fedmex Pty Ltd (ACN 096 099 286) 2011-2013. finding the exonerating. See also: Human condition —What is science?—What is love?— Soul — Conscience — Good vs Evil —What is the meaning of life?— Is there a God?— Human nature — Our ego and egocentric lives — How can we save the world?— Consciousness For a book of these explanations to keep or give to others. a former president of the Canadian Psychiatric Association. redeeming understanding of our dark. on this dreamed-of. with understanding of the human condition found ALL the great issues finally become explainable. state when he wrote. Yes.worldtransformation. As just demonstrated. featuring a Foreword by Professor Harry Prosen.worldtransformation. at www.Why do People Lie? this time enlightened. greatest of all breakthroughs in science: ‘I have no doubt this biological explanation of the human condition is the holy grail of insight we have sought for the psychological rehabilitation of the human race’ (Freedom Book 1.com/real-answers . All rights reserved.worldtransformation. the definitive book on the world-transforming explanation of the human condition. ‘We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time’ (Little Gidding. Part 2:2). troubled.com/real-answers and/or Watch videos on the biological explanation of the human condition and the dreamed-of TRANSFORMATION of the human race that it brings about at www. psychologically upset. print The Book of Real Answers to Everything! by Jeremy Griffith.