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By Ajit Varki,Danny Brower

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" idea is poised to be one such idea-a idea that runs counter to commonly-held notions approximately human evolution yet which could carry the foremost to realizing why people advanced as we did, leaving all different similar species a long way behind.

At an opportunity assembly in 2005, Brower, a geneticist, posed an strange thought to Varki that he believed may clarify the origins of human forte 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 means of their come upon, Varki attempted years later to touch Brower merely to find that he had died all of sudden. encouraged by way of an incomplete manuscript Brower left in the back of, DENIAL provides a thorough new conception 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 truth within the face of inarguable evidence-including the willful lack of knowledge of our personal inevitable deaths.

The know-how of our personal mortality can have prompted anxieties that ended in our heading off the dangers of competing to procreate-an evolutionary dead-end. people for that reason had to evolve a mechanism for overcoming this hurdle: the denial of reality.

As a end result of this evolutionary quirk we now deny any features of fact that aren't to our liking-we smoke cigarettes, consume dangerous meals, and stay away from workout, understanding those behavior are a prescription for an early demise. And so what has labored to set up our species can be our undoing if we proceed to disclaim the results of unrealistic techniques to every thing from own wellbeing and fitness to monetary risk-taking to weather swap. nonetheless reality-denial provides us many necessary attributes, comparable to optimism, self assurance, and braveness within the face of lengthy odds.

Presented in homage to Brower's unique pondering, DENIAL deals a robust caution in regards to the risks inherent in our striking skill to disregard reality-a present that might both result in our downfall, or stay our best asset.

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