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Human by Design
From Evolution by Chance to Transformation by Choice
Human by Design invites you on a journey beyond Darwin's theory of evolution, beginning with the fact that we exist as we do, even more empowered, and more connected with ourselves and the world, than scientists have believed possible.
In one of the great ironies of the modern world, the science that was expected to solve life's mysteries has done just the opposite. New discoveries have led to more unanswered questions, created deeper mysteries, and brought us to the brink of forbidden territory when it comes to explaining our origin and existence. These discoveries reveal the following facts:
- Fact 1. Our origin-Modern humans appeared suddenly on earth approximately 200,000 years ago, with the advanced brain, nervous system, and capabilities that set them apart from all other known forms of life already developed, rather than having developed slowly and gradually over a long period of time.
- Fact 2. Missing physical evidence-The relationships shown on the conventional tree of human evolution are speculative connections only. While they are believed to exist, a 150-year search has failed to produce the physical
evidence that confirms the relationships shown on the evolutionary family tree.
- Fact 3. New DNA evidence-The comparison of DNA between ancient Neanderthals, previously thought to be our ancestors, and early humans tells us that we did not descend from the Neanderthals.
- Fact 4. A rare DNA fusion-Advanced genome analysis reveals that the DNA that sets us apart from other primates, including in our advanced brain and nervous system, is the result of an ancient and precise fusion of genes occurring in a way that suggests something beyond evolution made our humanness possible.
- Fact 5. Our extraordinary abilities-We are born with the capacity to self-heal, to self-regulate longevity, to activate an enhanced immune response, and to experience deep intuition, sympathy, empathy, and, ultimately,
compassion-and to do each of these on demand.
In this book, New York Times best-selling author and 2017 Templeton Award nominee Gregg Braden crosses the traditional boundaries of science and spirituality to answer the timeless question at the core of our existence-Who are we?-and to reveal science-based techniques that awaken our uniquely human experiences of deep intuition, precognition, advanced states of self-healing, and much more! Beyond any reasonable doubt, Human by Design reveals that we're not what we've been told, and much more than we've ever imagined.
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Take a deep breath everyone… we’re about to discuss the big question:
Who are we?
It’s not a little topic, and is one which has preoccupied humanity for as long as rational thought has existed. Which was, as this book reiterates, 200,000 years ago with the dating of the earliest discovered fossils of anatomically modern humans. The thread of this book seems to be telling us that we are a stand alone species exclusive of evolution, could live for very much longer than we do, and that the root of society’s aggression and intolerance lies with evolution theory and how it has made the human psyche become overly competitive.
Gregg Braden supports his theories with a combination of science, pseudo-science, personal and historical anecdote and practical technique instruction. He begins with a series of disclaimers. We learn what the book is not (a scientific paper) and personal links are revealed (a working relationship with a spiritualist heart organisation). Perhaps I should do the same.
You should know that as a reader I don’t respond to lifestyle books. Any text which tells me how to live or indeed why I’m living brings out the inner anarchist in me and I’m inclined to do the opposite out of spite. Indeed I could probably write a whole lifestyle book about how spite is the best way to achieve the best in ‘you’. When 15 years ago my now husband used a lifestyle book and CD to give up smoking my response was to show how you can do it without any such book. And I did. When I was reeling through the first months of motherhood I only began to feel strong as a mother when I binned the parenting lifestyle books and followed my instincts to act contrary to their instruction.
So it was with a certain amount of trepidation that I opened the pages of Human by Design. I’m fairly open minded, so if someone believes that another intelligent life genetically engineered our existence I think that it’s as fair for them to hold this belief as it is for those who believe in a traditional God, or faeries, or nothing at all. What I object to is the need for one belief system to overpower another when there isn’t conclusive evidence that either is correct. Clearly the readers of this book are likely to already hold a certain level of belief in the spirituality that underpins Human By Design. So in this way they will find it appealing, enlightening and easy to read.
The most engaging part of this book for me was probably the anecdotal element. I love stories of humanity: tales of human kindness and compassion, or of how the ties between us transcend rational evidence. I agree and believe that amazing things do happen so I love to read about them; and there are plenty to enjoy in this book. My engagement wanes, however, when those tales become part of a wider text designed to direct my thinking. For readers who are seeking a direction, there certainly could be worse courses to travel: Human by Design returns repeatedly to how societies should value humanity and live with compassion. It’s a pretty decent core message.
It’s true that I’m not target for this book: I’m not a believer and nor am I seeking a deep life meaning. I am, however, a pragmatist. So I don't think that dismissing spiritualist texts is necessarily fair. Society, indeed humanity, could do a lot worse than to keep compassion at its centre; whether it’s because you believe that it will help you to live longer is by the by. If theres one thing that can and should be taken from this book it is this: it shouldn’t matter who we are, it should matter that we are kind.