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History of efforts to seek support forand the subsequent rejections, vilification and lack of acknowledgment ofJeremy Griffith’s biological explanations for the human condition, for the origins of our moral soul and conscious mind, and for the truth of the integrative meaning of existence

 

  • In 1975 Jeremy began writing about the human condition, and by 1983 had developed the central explanation which remains at the core of his presentations. Since that time, and despite the support of a handful of key scientists, the scientific establishment has failed to respond.

 

  • In 1975 Jeremy sent his explanation for ethics titled The Duality Problem and the Precise Origin of Morality to biologists Dr Ronald Strahan and Professor Charles Birch, and famous author, inventor and originator of the term ‘lateral thinking’ Dr Edward de Bono. De Bono replied but basically took no further interest. Professor Charles Birch AM (1918-2009), the eminent Australian biologist and later winner of the Templeton Prize had been Jeremy’s biology professor at Sydney University and he was one of the few scientists to support Jeremy up until his death. Dr Ronald Strahan AM (1922-2010), was a renowned Australian biologist (former director of Taronga Park Zoo, the Australian Museum’s first Research Fellow and Executive Officer of the National Photographic Index of Australian Wildlife), and was a long-time friend of Jeremy’s (in 1972 he wrote a commendation of Jeremy’s six-year search for the Tasmanian Tiger which was published with an article written by Jeremy about the search in Natural History journal (the American Museum of Natural History’s journal, Vol. LXXXI, No.10, Dec. 1972). While Strahan valiantly tried to help, Jeremy’s teleological approach was far too confronting for him and over time he began to dissociate himself from, and even protest Jeremy’s work.

 

Despite this, Dr Strahan told Jeremy the right place in the world to publish critically important scientific breakthroughs was Nature magazine in London, and he helped Jeremy edit his 1983 submission (see below). When Jeremy was trying to find other biologists to share his ideas with, Strahan suggested Professor (Samuel) Anthony Barnett and rang Barnett to arrange a meeting (see below).

 

  • In 1981 Jeremy presented a paper titled The Biological Roots of Altruism at The Sydney University Society for Religious Studies, but it resulted in no response.

 

  • In January 1983 following a suggestion by Dr Strahan, Jeremy met with zoologist, author and broadcaster Professor Anthony Barnett, head of the biology faculty at Australian National University in Canberra. At that time Professor Barnett was presenting a weekly radio program called the Biological Images of Man. In the program he warned listeners that scientific theories, such as the selfish-gene-emphasising theory of Sociobiology, were not necessarily correct. Impressed by this warning about the limitations of mechanistic science, and other comments that effectively acknowledged the need for science to be more holistic (a rare admission in those days), Jeremy met with him. Unfortunately Jeremy’s efforts to have Barnett consider his explanations of the human condition failed. As soon as Jeremy took the discussion into the realm of the human condition by pointing out that resistance to holism occurs for the good reason that holism confronts humans with their lack of compliance with holismthat humans are divisively rather than integratively behavedProfessor Barnett became agitated. When Jeremy persevered the dialogue became heated. Finally Professor Barnett ended the meeting with this outburst: ‘Listen, you are being very arrogant in thinking you can answer questions on this scale; in all written history there are only two or three people who have been able to think on this scale about the human condition, so I’m not about to believe you’re another of them’ (in a recorded interview, Jan. 1983).

 

  • In November 1983 Jeremy wrote to Britain’s most famous naturalist and wildlife documentary filmmaker Sir David Attenborough, and evolutionary biologist Professor Stephen Jay Gould, presenting these insights, but received no real response.

 

  • In December 1983 the full synthesis of explanation of the human conditionincluding the explanation of our moral soul and the explanation of the origin of our fully conscious mindwas completed, Jeremy travelled to England to personally submit an 8,000 word summary of this all-problems-of-the-human-race-solving breakthrough synthesis to John Maddox (their reference G-12057 JM/​MS). John Maddox (1925-2009), later Sir John Maddox, was the then editor of Nature magazine, which at the time was considered the world’s leading science journal. Jeremy responsibly took the answers that save the world to the person in the world in charge of the search for itbut he initially refused to even see Jeremy! It was only after Jeremy wrote an offended letter of protest saying he had come ‘half way around the world to see you’ and Maddox had made him feel like ‘a piece of mud that had been scraped off on your doorstep’ that Maddox granted Jeremy an audience. However, when Jeremy began the meeting by trying to convince him of the foundation truth of Integrative Meaning, Maddox became animated in his denial of it, saying to Jeremy twice that the concept of Integrative Meaning arising from negative entropy ‘is wrong’ (from audio recording of the 15 Dec. 1983 meeting), terminating the meeting soon after. Jeremy also personally submitted his synthesis to Colin Tudge, the then Features Editor of New Scientist magazine. Both Maddox and Tudge declined to publish the article.

 

  • In 1988, 800 copies of Jeremy’s first book Free: The End of the Human Condition, which contains all the insights currently being presented in FREEDOM, were sent as part of a first-rate publicity package to virtually every relevant journal and scientist in the world for review, including Richard Wrangham and 70 other key primatologists. Commendations were received from pre-eminent philosopher Sir Laurens van der Post, archaeologist, geologist and prehistorian Professor Henry de Lumley, conservationist Dr Ian Player and Professor John Wren-Lewis but apart from Sir Laurens’s support, which included an appeal to his publishers to publish Free, and Wren-Lewis becoming a strong supporter of the ideas and a number of excellent book reviews, there was no real response.

 

Part of the cover letter that accompanied the copy of Free sent to primatologists stated: ‘I think you might find the work of special interest. The book interprets our human development in terms of what was happening to us psychologically as a species. In so doing many insights become accessible such as the prime mover in human development of “love-indoctrination” or nurturing. The concept accounts for so many aspects of our development such as our neoteny, why it was the primates that developed consciousness, why and when we learnt to walk upright and the role of matriarchy in our past. Love-indoctrination and material relating to the pygmy chimps [bonobos] is introduced on page 46 and in full later on page 138.’ Part of the letter that accompanied copies of Free that was sent to anthropology journals and other relevant organisations stated: ‘A book of this nature should be particularly accountable to anthropologists, and it is. The illustrations between pp84-94 summarise this relevance. But consider also the explanation of the prime mover of human development (pp19&139), the speed of human development (p142), aggression (pp9&45&102), sex (p46), spasmodic evolution (p155), when we learnt to walk upright (p146), when we lost our body hair (p141), neoteny (p48), our concept of beauty (p141), hunting and meat eating (p45), the advent of language (p165), IQ development and stabilisation (p61), when we left Africa (pp44&168), racism (pp130&76), stages of matriarchy and patriarchy (p148) and, vitally, straight line development rather than branching evolution (p19).’

 

  • In 1989 Professor Wren-Lewis personally presented Free to 10 science journals including Nature, New Scientist and Endeavour, none of which responded.

 

  • Also in 1989 a booklet summarising the explanation of the human condition titled Reconciliation was circulated to 600 scientists (again including Richard Wrangham), scientific journals and other relevant parties, to little response.

 

  • In 1991 over 1,000 copies of Jeremy’s second book, Beyond The Human Condition, with first-rate publicity packages, were circulated to scientists, journals, universities, relevant institutions and media. The media release was boldly titled ‘The Book of Our Time: Human Nature Explained at Last’ and said, ‘Introducing a biological idea as revolutionary and potentially controversial as Charles Darwin’s natural selection’. Beyond reiterated the importance of self-selection for less aggressive males, for example, ‘females were first to self-select for integrativeness by favouring integrative rather than competitive and aggressive mates’ (p.142). As part of this launch Jeremy met with and received supportive commendations from several notable scientists, including Professor Birch and biologist Professor John Morton, anthropologist Professor Colin Groves, physicist Professor Paul Davies (whose secretary suggested Jeremy contact journalist Deirdre Macken, who was writing the article Science Friction (published in Good Weekend mag. 16 Nov. 1991), which he didunfortunately her deadline prevented her from including Jeremy’s work in the story), and Professor Wren-Lewis. Courses at both Australian National University and Sydney University included Beyond as a prescribed text for 1992, however there was little response from the scientific establishment overall.

 

  • In 1992 Jeremy travelled to Africa to launch Beyond at the National Museum of Kenya; and gave over 70 copies of Beyond to eminent scientists and influential people, with many of whom he held meetings, including palaeontologist Dr Meave Leakey, anthropologist and primatologist Dr Shirley Strum, zoologist and elephant conservationist Dr Iain Douglas-Hamilton, conservationist and writer Dr Cynthia Moss, ethologist and conservationist Dr Joyce Poole, zoologist Dr Mark Stanley-Price, primatologist Dr Ros Aveling, archaeologist and primatologist Dr Simiyu Wandibba, biologist and lion conservationist Dr Pieter Kat, conservationist Dr Kathy Alexander, zoologist Dr Kay Holekamp, world renowned wildlife filmmaker Alan Root, great ape conservationist Annette Lanjouw, and award winning African wildlife filmmaker Simon Trevor. Anthropologist Professor Phillip Tobias invited Jeremy to give a lecture at the University of the Witwatersrand, but unfortunately due to timing problems the lecture didn’t go ahead. Shirley Strum invited Jeremy to visit her group of study baboons in Northern Kenya and report back to her, which he did with a written report; and he was also invited to spend time with Dr Susanne Abildgaard Anderson at the Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Centre in Burundi, which he did. Although many of these scientists were enthusiastic about these insights, no lasting support eventuated.

 

  • Also in 1992 Professor Wren-Lewis, one of the few scientists who had been supportive of Jeremy’s work (he had provided this commendation for use on the back cover of Beyond: ‘At the core of Jeremy Griffith’s argument lies a brilliantly original insight into the basic nature of human conflict’, and had even become a director of the Foundation for Humanity’s Adulthoodnow the WTM), published a paper in which he plagiarised Jeremy’s work, claiming the insights were his own! Redress was achieved and Wren-Lewis ceased his involvement.

 

  • In 1993 Jeremy travelled to England and the USA to promote these insights and made enquiries about a possible publisher and/​or distributor for Beyond in the UK and the USA. In total 76 first-rate publicity packages with copies of Beyond were sent to all the leading literary agents and publishers in the world but all declined to represent or publish the book, with one publisher revealingly saying, ‘I find your theories fascinating, but I also find your arguments elusively receding from my mind as soon as I stop reading them. I can understand that this is totally a failing on my part’ (Marianne Velmans, Doubleday Publishing, UK). Whilst in the UK Jeremy met with Sir Laurens van der Post; and returned to Australia via the USA where he met with anthropologist Professor Adrienne Zihlman. During this stop in the USA, Jeremy also tried to meet with author and scientist Professor Donna Haraway, who, given the short notice, was unable to meet because of other commitments, and wildlife photographer Frans Lanting, who was interstate.

 

  • In 1995 two highly defamatory publicationsan Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) television program; and a full page Sydney Morning Herald newspaper articlewere made about Jeremy, his work and its supporters which resulted in the biggest defamation case in Australia’s history, against the two biggest, left-wing (dogmatic, pseudo-idealistic, ‘let’s pretend there’s no human condition and the world should just be ideal’, dishonest) media organisations in Australia, including its public national broadcaster. In 2010, after 15 long years, Jeremy and his supporters were vindicated. A detailed description of the legal action and our eventual stunning victory can be read at the Persecution of the WTM for Exposing the Human Condition page, however in brief, in relation to the ABC television program, one of the defamatory meanings it conveyed was that Jeremy’s work was of such a poor standard that it had no support at all from the scientific community, and the program included criticism of Jeremy’s work from mammologist Tim Flannery. The program’s producers also interviewed anthropologist Professor Colin Groves, who had provided a commendation for Beyond in 1991 but changed his position when he was misinformed by the program’s producer, Rev Dr David Millikan, that Jeremy was acting like the leader of a socially destructive organisation. In the subsequent interview, Professor Groves was highly critical of Jeremy, although that material was not included in the final broadcast.

 

In 2007 a trial was held to determine defences and damages from the defamatory broadcast, during which Flannery, Groves and anthropologist Professor Maciej Henneberg gave evidence against Jeremy’s work. Thankfully there were a number of leading scientists who were prepared to come to Australia and defend Jeremy’s work (biological anthropologist Walter Hartwig, psychologist Scott Churchill, psychiatrist Harry Prosen and cognitive scientist and philosopher Lieutenant Colonel Dr William Casebeer).

 

In 2008 the trial judge ruled that lack of support for Jeremy’s work was due to it being of a poor standard; but in relation to the other highly defamatory meanings the program conveyed, ordered a payout of $700,000 to Tim Macartney-Snape for the loss and damage caused by the broadcast.

 

However, after appealing the decision, in 2010 the NSW Court of Appeal recognised the unorthodox nature of Jeremy’s explanation of the human condition and unanimously overturned the lower Court’s decision about his work, ruling that the lower Court did ‘not adequately consider’ ‘the nature and scale of its subject matter’, in particular ‘that the work was a grand narrative explanation from a holistic approach, involving teleological elements’ (paras 89-91). Justice Hodgson, who wrote the leading judgment (and had himself written books about consciousness) also found other important submissions ‘were not adequately considered by the primary judge’ (para 90) that could account for Jeremy’s work ‘not attracting support’ from ‘the scientific community’. Those submissions were that Beyond ‘makes very strong claims’, ‘crosses disciplines and even entire fields of endeavour’ and can make ‘those who take the trouble to grapple with it uncomfortable’ because it ‘involves reflections on subject-matter including the purpose of human existence which may, of its nature, cause an adverse reaction as it touches upon issues which some would regard as threatening to their ideals, values or even world views’ (paras 20, 88-90).

 

The Court of Appeal’s recognition of Jeremy’s work as a variety of science that is heretical rather than the equivalent of meaningless non-sciencethat it is a scientific ‘grand narrative explanation’ of human behaviour ‘from a holistic approach, involving teleological elements’is of the utmost significance because it leaves the door open to the possibility that his treatise, while being unpalatable to conventional scientists, is ground-breaking science of crucial importance to the future of the human race, which is what we’ve always maintained it is.

 

In relation to the other 1995 defamatory publication, in 2009 the Sydney Morning Herald published the following apology: ‘On 22 April 1995, the Sydney Morning Herald published an article by Reverend Doctor David Millikan which implied that the Foundation for Humanity’s Adulthood [World Transformation Movement] placed demands on its members which tore families apart. The Herald withdraws such inference and apologises to the Foundation [WTM] for the harm caused by the publication.’

 

  • In 2002 Jeremy’s third book A Species In Denial was completed, and in an attempt to have the book published 70 copies of the manuscript were sent to the leading literary agents in the world, and another 70 copies to the major international publishers, but all declined to represent or publish the book. While one found it ‘far too dense and in parts incomprehensible’ (Gail Winston, Executive Editor, HarperCollins, USA, 12 Jun. 2002), and another was ‘not convinced that there is a cohesive argument there’ (Tim Whiting, Commissioning Editor, Time Warner Books, UK, 25 Jun. 2002), others found it presented ‘a formidable work synthesizing philosophical, historical, religious, scientific and cultural currents’ (Anne Jump, Andrew Wylie, UK, 26 Mar. 2002), and was ‘extraordinarily rich and well researched’ (Roland Philipps, Publishing Director, Hodder & Stoughton, UK, 1 Jun. 2002), and ‘an original and carefully conceived idea and the writing is clear and accomplished’ (Sebastian Godwin, David Godwin Associates, UK, 15 Apr. 2002). The extraordinary range of contradictory comments strongly suggests that it was not the merit of the book that was the problem but that publishers and literary agents were variously confronted by the content. The comment that the material is ‘far too dense and in parts incomprehensible’ is a classic ‘deaf effect’ response.

 

  • In 2003 a further 800 copies of A Species In Denial, with first-rate publicity packages, were circulated to scientists, journals, universities, relevant institutions and media, once again containing explanation of the origins of human morality, for example, ‘It was through nurturing, the process of love-indoctrination and the accompanying self-selection of cooperativeness or selflessness, that humans were able to develop an instinctive orientation to behaving unconditionally selflessly and as a result become an utterly integrated cooperative, selfless, loving species’ (p.110). Despite a foreword by Professor Charles Birch, a commendation by Professor John Morton, and becoming a bestseller in Australia and New Zealand where it sold more than 10,000 copies, the scientific community all but failed to respond.

 

  • In 2004 WTM Publishing and Communications began distributing 2,500 copies of The Human Condition Documentary Proposal (a 76-page written synopsis and DVD video presenting these ideas illustrated with chimpanzee and bonobo footage) to scientists, scientific publications and organisations, philanthropic organisations, filmmakers and eminent figures. This proposal again contained all the insights presented in Jeremy’s work, including the importance of nurturing and the love-indoctrination process in the development of unconditionally selfless, moral instincts in humans: for example the four Parts were titled ‘God: The Question of God, Meaning and Purpose – and the Human Condition’, ‘Soul: The Question of the Existence of Moral Instincts in Humans – and the Human Condition’ (which posedand answeredthe questions, ‘How could a species selfishly driven only by the need to survive create notions of selfless morality? How does the ‘selfish gene’ theory reconcile with evidence of good in humans? How could a selfish motor create within us a sense of caring, selfless concern for others?’ (p.15)), ‘Consciousness: The Question of Consciousness, What Is It and How did it Emerge – and the Human Condition’ (which concluded, ‘In summary, the processes of nurturing love-indoctrination and the selection by females of non-aggressive, cooperative males as mates not only gave us our moral, instinctive orientation to behaving cooperativelyour soulit also liberated consciousness in our forebears’ (p.61)), and ‘The Human Condition: The Question of How to Reconcile and Ameliorate Our Estranged, Alienated Human Condition’.

 

While the proposal received over 100 commendations from leading scientists and thinkers, including physicists Professor Stephen Hawking and Nobel Laureate Professor Charles Townes, and engaged Professor Harry Prosen’s ongoing support of these explanations, it did not produce any substantial long-term interest from the scientific community. Some feedback to the proposal revealed just how confronting some scientists find the significance nurturing has played in the development of unconditionally selfless moral instincts in humans, such as ‘Instincts for Self Preservation, Maternal Care and Altruism are basically impossible…​There are such approaches occasionally represented in IJP [International Journal of Primatology], but I hope it is rare’ and ‘the soul is part of our human imagination…​morality is linked to selfishness…​pure altruism does not exist…​nurturing is all about selfishness…​bonobos are an exception in this world. Chimpanzees are more of a model about human origins’.

 

Relevantly, copies (and follow-up emails) were sent to all three authors of the Self-Domestication Hypothesis discussed in FREEDOM: Brian Hare, Victoria Wobber (who was a student under Hare at the time) and Richard Wrangham (who supervised Hare’s PhD); Animal Behaviour journal, publisher of their paper; and Scientific American and Discover magazines, both of which ran detailed publicity stories on the Self-Domestication Hypothesis in 2012. Animal Behaviour Managing Editor, Dr Angela Turner, replied saying, ‘the Executive Editors and Presidents of the societies are the people you need to contact about this matter. I see from your email that you have sent this appeal to them already so I suggest you await a reply from them’, and Scientific American Editor in Chief, Dr John Rennie, replied saying, ‘Thank you for your offer to contribute to Scientific American. I regret to say that the piece you propose is not suited to our somewhat limited editorial needs.’ While Discover, Wobber and Wrangham did not reply at all, Hare, and his then communication coordinator, now wife and fellow primate researcher Vanessa Woods, did respond, saying, ‘Brian is interested in participating’, then subsequently Hare himself responded saying, ‘I too share your enthusiasm for sharing with others the importance of research on human evolution’, and in a further communiqué, ‘good luck with the project!’

 

In addition, the documentary proposal was sent to all those primatologists listed in FREEDOM who endorse the Social Ecological Model explanation of bonobo cooperation; as well as every relevant journal and organisation including International Journal of Primatology, American Journal of Primatology, Folia Primatologica, Primates, Evolution and Human Behavior, Human Nature, Science, Nature, Animal Behaviour, Scientific American, Discover Magazine, American Anthropological Association, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Max Plank Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Jane Goodall Institute, Leakey Foundation, Wenner-Grenn Foundation, Smithsonian, MacArthur Foundation, John Templeton Foundation, Carnegie Institution, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Nuffield Foundation and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

 

  • In 2005 Jeremy submitted a proposal to present a symposium, titled ‘The Citadel Of The Darwinian RevolutionThe Biology Of Our Human ConditionAt Last Explained’, at the AAAS Annual Meeting in February 2006 Grand Challenges, Great Opportunities, however the proposal was rejected by the Program Committee who stated that it was ‘Not appropriate…Needs extensive revision…Unclear how it will be integrated with other views.’

 

  • Also in 2005 Jeremy submitted an abstract of a paper titled ‘Nurturing as the Prime Mover in Primate Development and Human Origins’ for presentation at the International Primatological Society’s (IPS) 2006 Congress in Uganda (view the IPS submission and subsequent correspondence), but it was rejected on the grounds that ‘Both reviewers felt this abstract presents no data nor a testable hypothesis and is therefore inappropriate for this congress.’ This is the absurd rebuttal that was also used against Darwin’s theory of natural selection when the geologist and bishop Adam Sedgwick, amongst others, said that it was ‘based upon assumptions which can neither be proved nor disproved’ (Sedgwick in a letter to Darwin, 24 Nov. 1859). Despite Jeremy pointing out that his nurturing, love-indoctrination explanation for humans’ moral instincts ‘contains a great deal of supportive evidence in the form of many summaries of data-supported studies of bonobos and other primates by leading primatologists’, and ‘is an entirely testable, validatable hypothesis, as the evidence just described about bonobos shows’, and submitting this protest to the President and 38 members of the IPS Congress Committee (who were all either Officers of the IPS (including Richard Wrangham in his capacity as President of the IPS), or Editorial Board members of the International Journal of Primatology), the rejection was upheld!

 

  • In 2006 in a similar demonstration of intolerance of the nurturing explanation of both humans’ and bonobos’ moral nature, Jo Sandin was unable to include reference to Jeremy’s nurturing explanation for human and bonobo moral behaviour in her 2007 book about the bonobos at the Milwaukee County Zoo, Bonobos: Encounters in Empathy. In Chapter 5 of her book Sandin did manage to include oblique references to the love-indoctrination explanation, but despite the request of Professor Harry Prosen who is highly respected at the Zoo for being such an effective psychiatric consultant for all their social animals, and despite wanting to herself, Sandin was unable to include the following comment that Harry asked be added at the end of Chapter 5 of her book: ‘In summary, to the fascinating and indeed fundamental question for biologists of how the extraordinary empathy and even altruism we are observing amongst bonobos developed, our observations point to nurturing, maternalism and associated matriarchy as key influences. Certainly our observations do appear to be confirming of the nurturing explanation for empathy and true altruism that was first put forward by the American philosopher John Fiske in 1874 and, more recently, by Australian biologist Jeremy Griffith in his various books, in particular in Part 2 of his 2004 Human Condition Documentary Proposal. Jeremy’s work was mentioned in the concluding chapter of Sandin’s book, but the key reference to ‘the nurturing explanation for empathy and altruism’ wasn’t included.

 

  • In 2006 Jeremy’s book The Great Exodus: From the horror and darkness of the human condition was published online. Despite a publicity campaign, including personal emails to many of the scientists who had responded positively to the documentary proposal, including self-domestication hypothesis author Brian Hare, and a condensed version of the book being included as a chapter in the book Living a Life of Value by Jason Merchey, there was no response from the scientific community.

 

  • By 2008 it had become apparent that presenting the biology of the human condition alone, as the documentary proposal had done, is not enoughthe problem of confronting the human condition has to be addressed, as does the problem of coping with the exposure of our less-than-ideal condition that understanding of the human condition brings. To cover these additional aspects, in 2008 the WORLD TRANSFORMATION MOVEMENT began production of the Introductory Videos and video library on the breakthrough understanding of the human condition and the TRANSFORMED life for humans that it makes possible. Despite becoming available on our website in 2009, and in the highly accessible format of video, there has been little response from the scientific establishment to the Introductory Video.

 

  • In 2009 Freedom Expanded, written by Jeremy, was published online, but has not yet generated any real response from the scientific community.

 

 

  • In 2012, the paper ‘The self-domestication hypothesis: evolution of bonobo psychology is due to selection against aggression’ (Animal Behaviour, 2012, Vol.83, No.3), was published by anthropologists Richard Wrangham, Brian Hare and Victoria Wobberall of whom, as documented above, were made aware of Jeremy’s love-indoctrination explanation for the origins of our and the bonobos’ moral instinctsin which no acknowledgment or even mention of Jeremy’s synthesis was made, despite the paper acknowledging the work of many other researchers in a detailed section on ‘evolutionary explanations for reduced aggressiveness in bonobos relative to that in chimpanzees’. Worse, it would appear that since they were each informed of Jeremy’s synthesis, what they have done is take virtually all the elements from Jeremy’s synthesissuch as the bonobos’ ability to throw light on our origins, and specifically the origins of our morality; that their social groups are much more stable than those of chimpanzees; the role of females in taming male aggression; the liberation of consciousness; the role of self-selection; the neotenising, juvenilisation process; the use of the domestication of dogs and foxes as an illustration of the neotenising, juvenilisation process; the significance of ideal ecological conditions; the use of sex as a device to reduce tension; the reduced dimorphism between the sexes; the reliance of males on their mothers for social standing; the lack of aggression between groups of bonobos; the lack of routine hunting by bonobos, etc, etcand, leaving out anything to do with nurturing, presented it as ‘A new hypothesis’ (Ed Yong, ‘Tame Theory: Did Bonobos Domesticate Themselves? A new hypothesis holds that natural selection produced the chimpanzee’s nicer cousin in much the same way that humans bred dogs from wolves’, Scientific American, 25 Jan. 2012). While it is extremely irresponsible to ignore and reject world-saving insights into the human condition, it is so, so much worse to actually take those insights and wantonly subvert or misappropriate the truth they contain. If that is indeed the case, and we believe there is no other plausible interpretation, then that is the very greatest of crimes against humanity.

 

  • In 2014, despite the explanation of the human condition that is presented in Jeremy’s books being the fulfilment of the core vision of Geelong Grammar School of cultivating the sensitivity needed to achieve that specific, all-important-if-there-is-to-be-a-future-for-the-human-race task, the school chose not to include an essay on Jeremy’s life’s work that was commissioned by its publishers for possible inclusion in its Corio anniversary book 100 Exceptional Stories which ‘celebrates the lives of 100 exceptional past students’see <www.humancondition.com/​100-exceptional-stories>.

 

  • From July to September in 2014 a special edition of Jeremy’s book FREEDOM: The End Of The Human Condition that was orientated to scientists (it was even given its own title that focused on the very serious plight of the world: IS IT TO BE Terminal Alienation or Transformation For The Human Race?) was sent to 930 leading science organisations, scientists and science commentators in the English-speaking world, including the scientists involved with the main Brain Initiatives. But despite each copy being accompanied by a personal appeal for support for the book’s insights from Professor Harry Prosen, and Jeremy undertaking two trips to the US and UK to discuss the book with interested scientists and commentators, while there were a few positive responses from individual scientists, our publishers are still waiting for appreciative responses from the scientific establishment.