The historical past of technology abounds with momentous theories that disrupted traditional knowledge and but have been ultimately confirmed actual. Ajit Varki and Danny Brower's "Mind over truth" thought is poised to be one such idea-a idea that runs counter to commonly-held notions approximately human evolution yet that could carry the major to knowing why people advanced as we did, leaving all different comparable species a ways behind.
At an opportunity assembly in 2005, Brower, a geneticist, posed an strange proposal to Varki that he believed may perhaps clarify the origins of human distinctiveness one of the world's species: Why is there no humanlike elephant or humanlike dolphin, regardless of hundreds of thousands of years of evolutionary chance? Why is it that people on my own can comprehend the minds of others?
Haunted by way of their come upon, Varki attempted years later to touch Brower simply to find that he had died by surprise. encouraged through an incomplete manuscript Brower left in the back of, DENIAL offers a thorough new concept at the origins of our species. It used to be now not, the authors argue, a organic jump that set humanity except different species, yet a mental one: specifically, the uniquely human skill to disclaim fact within the face of inarguable evidence-including the willful lack of awareness of our personal inevitable deaths.
the attention of our personal mortality may have brought on anxieties that led to our fending off the dangers of competing to procreate-an evolutionary dead-end. people as a result had to evolve a mechanism for overcoming this hurdle: the denial of reality.
because of this evolutionary quirk we now deny any elements of fact that aren't to our liking-we smoke cigarettes, devour dangerous meals, and steer clear of workout, realizing those conduct are a prescription for an early dying. And so what has labored to set up our species will be our undoing if we proceed to disclaim the implications of unrealistic techniques to every little thing from own future health to monetary risk-taking to weather switch. nonetheless reality-denial gives us many precious attributes, corresponding to optimism, self belief, and braveness within the face of lengthy odds.
offered in homage to Brower's unique pondering, DENIAL bargains a strong caution concerning the risks inherent in our awesome skill to disregard reality-a present that would both bring about our downfall, or stay our best asset.