February 21, 2014
Tony Wright discusses his forthcoming book Return to the Brain of Eden: Restoring the Connection Between Neurochemistry and Consciousness.
This is a two part interview. Part one is here.
Over a period of a million years the human brain expanded at an increasingly rapid rate, but suddenly, around 200,000 years ago, this expansion stopped. Modern science has overlooked this in order to maintain the illusion that humans are at the pinnacle of evolution. However, it is extremely significant that the abrupt end to brain expansion explains not only recently uncovered anomalies within the human brain, but also the universal mythic traditions of a lost earthly paradise and of humanity’s degeneration from our original state of perpetual wonder and joy.
Drawing on more than 20 years of research, Return to the Brain of Eden explores how our modern brains are performing far below their true potential and how we can unlock our higher abilities and return to the euphoria of our distant past. It explains how for millions of years early forest-dwelling humans were primarily consuming the hormone-rich sex organs of plants – otherwise known as fruit – which contains a highly complex biochemical cocktail evolved to influence DNA transcription, rapid brain development, and elevated neural and pineal gland activity.
Recent neurological and psychological studies suggest that the loss of our symbiotic fruit-based diet led to a progressive neuro-degenerative condition characterized by aggressive behaviour, a fearful perception of the world, and the suppression of higher artistic, mathematical, and spiritual abilities. Return to the Brain of Eden shows how many shamanic and spiritual traditions were developed to counteract our decline, and outlines a strategy to reverse our degeneration, restore our connection with the plant world, and regain the bliss and peace that is the natural human condition.
Additional background information:
A symbiotic theory of human origins.
An investigation into the evolution of the human brain.
A journey to the edge of the human mind.