LET’S GO! booklet is published
Hot on the heels of the release of Transform Your Life And Save The World (which presents the best summary of FREEDOM to read) comes our latest publication, Let’s Go! — a little booklet that contains the transcripts of the Introductory Video Series that appears at the top of our home page.
For previous news, see the WTM Blog, or, for a timeline of significant events, see the Brief History of the WTM below.
Latest Inspirational Email
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Why are millenials so maligned?
As the latest generation to make their presence known on the world stage, the millennials are copping the inter-generational scrutiny that is a rite of passage for every new generation, but this time the barbs seem harsher and the concern greater........Continue reading
Bonobos, and what these primates teach us about our own evolutionary history
Only now, with the redeeming explanation of the human condition can we admit without shame our distant primate ancestors lived in a loving, peaceful state — and that bonobos provide a truly astonishing, living example of what those ancestors were like........Continue reading
Anne Frank's belief in human goodness
Despite facing unimaginable horrors brought about by our species’ capacity for destruction and depravity, the extraordinary diarist and Holocaust victim Anne Frank’s faith in the basic goodness of all humans remained intact......Continue reading
Is God real? What is God and does God exist?
Is there a God? Is God real? Yes, but until we could explain our seemingly ‘un-Godly’ human condition, all we could cope with was an abstract, ‘deity-in-the-clouds’ version of ‘God’.....Continue reading
Ending the war between the sexes
“This explanation brings about the true liberation of women and the reconciliation of the sexes, which is truly extraordinary.” In the following video, scientist Dr Anna Fitzgerald describes how Jeremy Griffith’s explanation of the human condition brings desperately needed......Continue reading
Can human conflict ever be brought to an end?
We would like to think the world is becoming more civilised, however, horror headlines and images such as this paint a far different picture of where humanity is really at. And the crisis in Aleppo is not some rare exception...Continue reading
Griffith’s great central insight
It is rewarding to revisit Jeremy Griffith’s great central insight, the explanation of the difference between nerves and genes that produced the human condition. This is the insight that makes possible the flood of revelations that fill the pages of FREEDOM...Continue reading
Brief History of the WTM
The following is a chronological documentation of the main events in the life of the World Transformation Movement.
JANUARY — AN EXCITING NEW DESIGN FOR THE WTM WEBSITE GOES LIVE!
The new website is sleek and contemporary but continues to present the all-important information about the explanation of the human condition with the integrity that characterises all of the WTM’s publications.
December — Let’s Go! booklet is published
Hot on the heels of the release of Transform Your Life And Save The World (which presents the best summary of FREEDOM to read) comes our latest publication, Let’s Go! — a little booklet that contains the transcripts of the Introductory Video Series that appears at the top of our home page.
November — A powerful new video series takes pride of place at the top of the WTM homepage
Since the human condition has historically been such an off-limits subject, finding the most effective way to convey to people Jeremy Griffith’s breakthrough explanation has always been one of our great challenges. This has led to the creation of our new Introductory Video Series about the human condition, its dreamed-of resolution and the resulting world-saving transformation of the human race. This series features presentations by Jeremy Griffith and WTM Founding Member Tony Gowing.
November — The WTM launches a Forum
The WTM launches its eagerly awaited forum, allowing members of the public to discuss these all-important insights.
AUGUST — TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE AND SAVE THE WORLD WAS PUBLISHED
Transform Your Life And Save The World, the very short but powerful condensation of FREEDOM, is released! Inspired by and based upon Jeremy Griffith’s presentation at the launch of FREEDOM at the Royal Geographical Society in London in June 2016, this brilliant presentation is the ideal introduction to this new paradigm of understanding. As with all of Jeremy’s works, Transform Your Life And Save The World is so important, it is and will remain, FREELY AVAILABLE here to read, print or share. Copies are also available for purchase in bookstores including Amazon.
July — Publicity for FREEDOM
FREEDOM introduces a completely new paradigm of understanding, so it has to be expected that there is a great deal to consider and that it will take time for a meaningful appreciation of it to emerge. Even so, guest articles by Jeremy Griffith have already appeared in important publications, such as an article in The Irish Times titled ‘Adam And Eve Without The Guilt: Explaining Our Battle Between Instinct And Intellect’, which was published on 30 May 2016, and an article in the prestigious London-based i-MAGAZINE, which appeared in its July-December 2016 edition.
A positive, 3½ (out of 5) star review of FREEDOM also appeared in The Sun, the largest circulating daily newspaper in the United Kingdom.
May / June — World-Wide Advertising Campaign Launches FREEDOM
FREEDOM’s launch is publicised with an unprecedented international campaign. This includes the placement of large print advertisements in all the major newspapers in the English-speaking world, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Times (UK), The Globe & Mail (Canada) and The Australian. To complement the print campaign, a carefully designed and orchestrated online campaign is also being run to ensure the world is aware of FREEDOM’s significance.
MAY / JUNE — FREEDOM: THE END OF THE HUMAN CONDITION WAS LAUNCHED WORLDWIDE
FREEDOM was released worldwide into bookshops in May 2016, and officially launched at the Royal Geographical Society in London on 2 June, with presentations from Sir Bob Geldof, Tim Macartney-Snape and Jeremy Griffith. It is a truly historic day for the human race. Due to its world-saving importance, FREEDOM is, and will always remain freely available online here.
March — An updated version of FREEDOM: The End Of The Human Condition that is tailored to the general public is published on our website
With its new first chapter and other exciting additions, together with a full suite of online video presentations and interviews about the book, FREEDOM was published on our WTM website.
December — Filming of 7-Minute Key Concept Video
Superbly produced and incorporating exciting new animation of Jeremy Griffith’s famous ‘Adam Stork’ analogy, this video presents the key concepts of Jeremy’s breakthrough explanation of the human condition.
August / September — Jeremy Griffith holds interactive webinars about the explanation of the Human Condition
This webinar series features discussion of the exciting new paradigm that opens up now that understanding of the human condition has been found. The webinars contain both introductory material and more advanced analysis of the human condition, and so are extremely helpful in conveying the depth of insight into human behaviour that understanding of the human condition now makes possible.
November — Jeremy meets scientific luminaries during whistle-stop tour of US and UK
During a tour to discuss Is It To Be Terminal Alienation Or Transformation For The Human Race? with members of the scientific community, Jeremy held productive meetings with high profile scientists including Tim White (paleoanthropologist and discoverer of ‘Ardi’ fossil), Lord Robert May (former Chief Scientific advisor to the UK Government, and former President of the Royal Society), Stephen Oppenheimer (geneticist and author of Out Of Eden), and science writers James Le Fanu (author and medical journalist), Sharon Begley (former science correspondent with Reuters, currently with The Boston Globe), Valerie Thomson (Science magazine) and Dan Ferber (senior editor at Discover magazine).
October — Insightful Skype interview between Jeremy Griffith and British primatologist Dr David Chivers
Jeremy holds a fascinating conversation (via Skype) with Dr David Chivers, former President of the Primate Society of Great Britain, about the biological explanation of the human condition in FREEDOM. The broad discussion included some focus on the origins and prevalence of autism in society today.
October — Amazing interview between Jeremy Griffith and renowned Australian journalist and broadcaster Brian Carlton
Broadcaster Brian Carlton, a long-time advocate of Jeremy’s breakthrough explanation of the human condition, interviews Jeremy. The discussion is wide-ranging, and includes amazing recollections from Brian about his own adolescence and the impact Jeremy’s work has had on his life: “You never forget the moment when you realise this really does explain the human condition.”
Brian Carlton interviewing Jeremy Griffith
September — Tim Macartney-Snape interviewed for Qantas Airways
WTM Patron Tim Macartney-Snape was interviewed by Australian journalist Julie McCrossin for a segment on her Qantas In Flight radio program, In The Air.
July to September — IS IT TO BE Terminal Alienation or Transformation For The Human Race? was promoted to the scientific community
Since FREEDOM: The End Of The Human Condition is about the biology of human behaviour, the publisher’s first responsibility was to promote it within the scientific community. This was done in 2014 by publishing the book with a title that emphasised the serious plight of humanity, which science is ultimately responsible for solving—that title being IS IT TO BE Terminal Alienation or Transformation For The Human Race?. From July to September 2014 over 900 copies of IS IT TO BE were sent to leading scientific institutions, scientists and science commentators throughout the English-speaking world to introduce them to these world-saving understandings.
In February 2015, FREEDOM: The End Of The Human Condition (in the form of IS IT TO BE, which Professor Harry Prosen has described as ‘the book that saves the world’) was first made available to the public on our WTM website.
An indescribably special year for the WTM!!
2013 was an indescribably special year for the WTM, and, in fact, for the whole world. We completed the design of our wonderful website, we launched our social media and Jeremy finished writing his forthcoming summa masterpiece, FREEDOM: The End Of The Human Condition. (Note, as explained above, this first version of the book was titled IS IT TO BE Terminal Alienation or Transformation for the Human Race?.) This book has developed into the most magnificent presentation of these world-saving insights into the human condition, and, as well, is an enthralling documentation of humanity’s journey leading up to this point in time where a future free of the human condition can finally take place.
To mark the significance of this year, and in celebration of the fabulous future for humanity that is now possible, Jeremy created a fabulous sun mandala of harmony and happiness from shells that he has collected over a six month period from one small beach in Sydney. While cockle shells are found on sandy sheltered beaches throughout the world, Jeremy has never seen these pure gold-coloured ones on any other beach. Oxide-stained yellowish cockle shells are usually a rusty brownish-yellow colour, but on this particular beach some are a pure gold colour. Jeremy found the large white scallop on the same beach, and he’s never seen a large white one like this before or since. The white star limpet shells can be found on pretty well any beach. WTM Founding Members Tony Gowing and James West built and gilded the frame. If you look closely you can see the WTM initials made from shells at the top of the frame. The whole picture is positively bursting with excitement!
The WTM — ‘Out and About’!
In 2013 we launched the World Transformation Movement on Social Media with an incredible response — the WTM Facebook page received phenomenal support with over 10,000 Likes in its first 3 months! Our YouTube channel had a facelift and is very popular with hundreds of subscribers and thousands of videos being watched. Our Pinterest page is a vibrant and fascinating collection of photographs, drawings, quotes and videos all representing important aspects of this human-condition-solving and therefore world-saving information. And our Twitter feed is regularly tweeting interesting links to articles, drawings and videos, as well as quotes from the great thinkers of our time including Laurens van der Post, Søren Kierkegaard, Olive Schreiner and of course Jeremy Griffith.
With statistics showing that nearly one in four people worldwide will use social networks in 2013, this is a marvellous platform to get these understandings to a wider audience, and so is another significant step toward a human-condition-free world.
Major overhaul of the WTM website uploaded
In January 2013, the results of a major overhaul of our website were uploaded, including a fresh design for our homepage and a new site search facility. Also, Freedom: Expanded was split into Book 1: The Biology, which presents the dreamed-of biological explanation of the human condition that ends our species’ underlying psychosis, and Book 2: The Transformation, which describes the fabulous transformation of the human race that results from finding the psychologically rehabilitating explanation of the human condition. Further additions by Jeremy Griffith, and edits by Fiona Cullen-Ward were added throughout both books. Designed to be the expanded, comprehensive account of Jeremy’s insights, we feel that these changes finally create the necessary framework to enable Jeremy to add new and exciting insights as he demystifies more and more of human life with his world-saving understandings, so this is a very great milestone for this project!
The WTM launches a blog!
December 2012 saw the launch of the WTM Blog, which is the place to go to stay updated on the progress of the all-important work of the WTM, as well as to share the everyday application of this information. With the human condition now solved, a whole new world of understanding and appreciation for the human journey can, and, in fact, is already starting to emerge, and the WTM Blog provides the forum to talk about it!
In August 2012 Freedom: Expanded was extensively added to and edited
Substantial additional explanation by Jeremy Griffith of the love-indoctrination process was included in Part 8:4. Also, a 90-page, complete demolition by Jeremy Griffith of all the denial-based, mechanistic/reductionist biological theories of Social Darwinism, Sociobiology, Evolutionary Psychology, Multilevel Selection and Eusociality was added to Part 4:12. There have been many other additions, as well as substantial editing of the text by Fiona Cullen-Ward. In short, there is a feast of new human-race-liberating understanding!!
An Online Endorsements page was added to our website
Jeremy Griffith’s writing and the work of the World Transformation Movement have generated enthusiastic endorsements from readers and viewers throughout the world and our new Online Endorsements page shows a selection of these.
New Book Launched — The Book of Real Answers to Everything! December 2011 saw the launch of our stunning new publication:
The Book of Real Answers to Everything! “Such is the explosion of insight that occurs when understanding of the human condition is found that all the books in all the libraries in all the world couldn’t deliver the definitive explanations contained in Jeremy Griffith’s latest book, on the great issues such as: Human condition – What is science? – What is love? – Soul – Conscience – Good vs Evil – What is the meaning of life? – Is there a God? – Our ego and egocentric lives – How can we save the world? – Consciousness–Human nature – Why do people lie?” Tim Macartney-Snape AM OAM
World Launch of the WORLD TRANSFORMATION MOVEMENT
The most exciting day for our whole project of saving the world: finally, after successfully completing the first stage of laying the foundations of the WORLD TRANSFORMATION MOVEMENT by defending these all-precious understandings of the human condition against the inevitable initial onslaught of resistance to having the issue of the human condition addressed, our movement is able to be launched to the whole world. New Introductory Videos and a very exciting Membership Video are produced and launched on our website.
Significant additions were made to our book Freedom: Expanded, which also now includes the expanded transcripts of the Introductory Videos and Membership Video
Containing the understandings upon which the WORLD TRANSFORMATION MOVEMENT is based, Freedom: Expanded is the comprehensive presentation of Australian biologist Jeremy Griffith’s breakthrough treatise on the origins and amelioration of the human condition and is constantly being added to.
The expanded transcripts of our two Introductory Video Series, and of our Membership Videos, are included in Freedom: Expanded.
Q&A Videos added to our Introductory Videos in September, Membership Video uploaded in October
WTM’s Stunning Victory Over Persecution
An essay compiled by WTM Patrons, Jeremy Griffith and Tim Macartney-Snape, Persecution of the WTM for Exposing the Human Condition provides the best overview of our stunning victory over persecution after a 16-year struggle.
Court of Appeal vindicates biologist Jeremy Griffith’s treatise on the origins of the human condition
On 7 October 2010, at the culmination of the biggest defamation case in Australia’s history, the NSW Court of Appeal unanimously overturned an earlier Supreme Court finding concerning a defamatory 1995 Four Corners program about the WORLD TRANSFORMATION MOVEMENT. In a momentous judgment for our project, for science and for the future of the human race, the Court of Appeal recognised the unorthodox nature of Jeremy Griffith’s explanation of the origins and amelioration of the human condition, finding 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’.
Expanded Transcript of Introductory Video Published
In 2011 the Expanded Transcript of the 2011 Introductory Q & A Video series was incorporated as the Main Introduction in our book Freedom: Expanded, which is available online to be read or printed.
Filming of Introductory Videos
Expanded Transcript of the Introductory Video published
Tim Macartney-Snape guest speaker at the Royal Geographic Society
Tim Macartney-Snape was a guest speaker at a special Everest event at the Royal Geographic Society, London, on Wednesday 17 November 2010, titled ‘First on Everest- Celebrating the World’s Highest Mountain’. The event celebrated significant events on the World’s Highest Mountain and gathered the greatest ever assembly of Everest pioneers to tell of their adventures and mountaineering firsts. Tim spoke for an hour about his North Face and Sea To Summit climbs. It was on this Sea To Summit climb that Tim took the WTM’s flag to the summit of Everest.
Tim was also honoured to be the guest speaker at the annual dinner of The Alpine Club — the first ever guest speaker from Australia. Founded in 1857, the Alpine Club is the world’s oldest mountaineering club, with membership limited to experienced mountaineers.
SMH Publishes Apology to FHA/WTM
On 6 June 2009, the Herald published the following apology to the FHA:
This apology was a great milestone in the FHA’s efforts to defy and defeat a 20-year campaign of persecution that has been waged against the critically important understanding of the human condition that the FHA was established to promote and defend.
A new book, originally titled Freedom: At last, the Liberation & Transformation of The Human Race Through the Finding of Understanding of The Human Condition but has since become Freedom: Expanded, was first published. It is a compilation of all Jeremy Griffith’s earlier books and writings plus significant new material and presents a fully elaborated, comprehensive account of his insights.
The Foundation for Humanity’s Adulthood (FHA) becomes the WORLD TRANSFORMATION MOVEMENT (WTM)
The WORLD TRANSFORMATION MOVEMENT (WTM) has developed from the Foundation for Humanity’s Adulthood (FHA).
Launch of Online Videos
The WTM launched an online Introductory Video about the breakthrough biological understanding of the human condition and the TRANSFORMED life for humans that it makes possible. People can register questions and participate via Skype and in time a library of videos about all aspects of the human condition and its amelioration will be created and made available.
ABC ordered to pay almost $700,000 plus costs
On 1 August 2008, the NSW Supreme Court handed down a comprehensive defamation judgment against the ABC and Reverend David Millikan for their production of the 1995 Four Corners program, The Prophet of Oz. As a result, Tim Macartney-Snape received a payout of more than $700,000 in damages and interest. With costs, the total payout was expected to exceed $1 million.
National Broadcaster on Trial
In March 2007, a trial began in the Supreme Court of New South Wales to determine defences and damages following the jury’s 2003 finding that the ABC defamed Jeremy Griffith and Tim Macartney-Snape in the 1995 Four Corners program. An initial four and half weeks in Court in March and April was followed by a further two weeks in early July and a day of oral submissions in early December.
The Essay — The Great Exodus: From the horror and darkness of the human condition
Jeremy Griffith was invited, among other scientists and thinkers, to submit an essay to be included in a book about ways to live a meaningful life. This is the essay Jeremy submitted, which was published in Living a Life of Value in America in mid-2006.
The Book — The Great Exodus: From the horror and darkness of the human condition
With a foreword by Professor Harry Prosen, former President of the Canadian Psychiatric Association, Jeremy Griffith’s fourth book The Great Exodus contains both an expansion of the biology of the human condition that is presented in The Human Condition Documentary Proposal and an expansion of The Great Exodus essay.
Genevieve Salter & James Press preparing to record a talk
Annabel Armstrong working on ideas for the cover of The Great Exodus
NSW Supreme Court jury found that the FHA was defamed by Fairfax
In September 2005, a NSW Supreme Court jury found that the FHA (now WTM) was defamed in a 1995 article published in The Sydney Morning Herald.
World Talk Radio interview with Jeremy Griffith
On 20 September 2005, Jeremy Griffith appeared on World Talk Radio, which is broadcast from California and is the world’s largest internet talk station.
United Kingdom launch of A Species In Denial
A Species In Denial became a bestseller in Australia and New Zealand where sales continue to grow. Following on from this success A Species In Denial was launched in the United Kingdom on 18 October 2004.
Human Condition Documentary Proposal
In 2004, WTM Publishing & Communications began sending out a proposal for the making of an impasse-breaking documentary series about the biology of the human condition to leading scientists, philosophers, psychiatrists and documentary makers around the world. To date, the proposal has received commendations from over 100 of the world’s leading scientists and thinkers including physicist Stephen Hawking and Nobel Laureate Charles Townes. It is planned for the proposal to be followed up by an international lecture tour.
‘ABC loses defamation case’
In May 2003, a Supreme Court jury found Jeremy Griffith was defamed by the national broadcast’s portrayal of him as having no support from the scientific community. The jury also found that Tim Macartney-Snape was defamed by the Four Corners program’s depiction of him as being deceitful and misusing his influence.
Jeremy Griffith’s third book A Species In Denial is launched in Australia & New Zealand
With a foreword by Professor Charles Birch, A Species In Denial was Jeremy Griffith’s most definitive work to date on the subject of the human condition. Professor John Morton described it as ‘a superb book’. Tim Macartney-Snape officially launched the book at the Australian Museum on 5 June 2003 and the launch was followed by an Australia-wide tour by Jeremy and Tim to promote the new book, including lectures at universities. The book was also launched in New Zealand at the same time.
Jeremy presenting A Species In Denial at Gleebooks in Sydney
Speakers at the launch of A Species In Denial were Sam Belfield, Jeremy Griffith & Tim Macartney-Snape
The Land's Friday Magazine Profile on Jeremy Griffith
‘Challenging Humanity...talking about the big stuff’
Published in June 2003, this full-page article by Kate Wilkie profiles Jeremy Griffith and the FHA/WTM. It also documents the NSW Supreme Court ruling that Jeremy Griffith and Tim Macartney-Snape were defamed in an ABC-TV Four Corners program in 1995, and discusses Jeremy’s third book, A Species in Denial.
Defamation action commenced against ABC and Fairfax
In April 2001, after several years preparing for the litigation, two sets of proceedings were commenced in the Supreme Court of New South Wales seeking redress — one against the ABC and another against John Fairfax Publications, publisher of the Sydney Morning Herald.
James West, Rachel O’Brien, Damon Isherwood & Marie McNamara in group discussion
Sally Edgar outlining the origins of the human condition
Millennium Message: Tim Macartney-Snape
Tim Macartney-Snape was invited by the City of Melbourne to contribute a ‘millennium message’ for the year 2000 celebrations in Melbourne. In May 2000 the City of Melbourne released a book, Melbourne Millennium Messages 2000, containing a selection of 50 of the messages received from ‘over 500 leaders’ who responded. Tim’s message, which follows, was one of the 50 chosen:
‘Ours is an ancient land but we are young at heart. Let’s use our youthful strength to champion free thinking and through that bring liberating understanding to the human condition. Only then can there truly be a better life for all.’ Tim Macartney-Snape, Adventurer
Jeremy Griffith & Tim Macartney-Snape meet Australian Prime Minister John Howard
Jeremy Griffith and Tim Macartney-Snape were invited to Parliament House, Canberra, to attend the launch of PR company Jackson Wells Morris by Australian Prime Minister John Howard on 3 April 2000. After Mr Howard’s speech, Jeremy and Tim met the Prime Minister and discussed the difficulties a right-wing government faces in a left-wing media climate.
Richard Biggs & Anthony Landahl discussing the human condition at a bush camp in central-west New South Wales
Inside Sport Profile of Tim Macartney-Snape
The June 1999 edition of Inside Sport magazine published a six-page profile on Tim Macartney-Snape. This article documents Tim’s legendary stature as one of the most talented and accomplished mountaineers the world has seen. Mountaineering requires the highest levels of courage, perseverance and endurance and this article documents how Tim’s defence of the WTM has demanded all the proven qualities of his character.
Macartney-Snape: ‘one of this century’s greatest Australians’
As further testament to Tim Macartney-Snape’s stature, on 28 August 1999, The Australian newspaper recognised Tim as one of this century’s greatest Australians. In a special colour magazine titled ‘This Living Century’, Tim was listed with nine other Australian Adventurers — including Douglas Mawson and Charles Kingsford Smith — as ‘People who shaped our Nation’.
‘Macartney-Snape once wrote that adventure, as one form of the search to understand the truth, should be vigorously defended.’
WTM lays the foundations for the University of Denial-Free Studies
The University of Denial-Free Studies will offer courses for people to study the understanding of the human condition that is now available, and learn how those understandings ameliorate the human condition.
Will Salter leading a discussion at the Foundation For Humanity’s Adulthood
Jeremy Griffith at the University of Denial-Free Studies
The Bulletin Profile of Jeremy Griffith and the FHA
In April 1998, The Bulletin (a national weekly magazine in Australia incorporating Newsweek) ran a two-page feature story by Lenore Nicklin about Jeremy Griffith and the FHA.
The Australian Magazine Profile of Tim Macartney-Snape
In July 1998, The Australian newspaper’s weekend magazine featured a seven-page feature article by Jill Rowbotham about Tim Macartney-Snape, his involvement with the FHA and the ABA’s ruling.
The ABA: ‘Appropriate for ABC to apologise’
In July 1998, the ABA took the unprecedented step of advising the ABC it would be appropriate to apologise to the FHA in light of the ABA ruling. Despite not exercising its right to challenge the ruling, the ABC refused to apologise. As a result the FHA was left with no option other than to consider taking defamation action against the ABC and Fairfax.
Professor Charles Birch launches the FHA’s website
World leading biologist Professor Charles Birch, a winner of the Templeton Prize who has been described as ‘Australia’s leading thinker on the issue of science and God’, launched the FHA’s website at the Australian Museum in Sydney in October 1998 (now known as the WTM website). Professor Birch opened his address saying, ‘The FHA has had a positive and creative influence on many.’
Prof. Charles Birch launches the FHA’s website at the Australian Museum in Sydney
The speakers at the website launch: Sam Belfield, John Biggs, Tim Macartney-Snape, Jeremy Griffith & Charles Birch
Professor Charles Birch says the ABC should ‘apologise for its mistake’
Professor Birch wrote to the ABA saying, ‘I consider it would be the only right thing for the ABC to admit the bias of the Four Corners program and to apologise for its mistake.’
Ruling by ABA for breach of Code
In February 1998, the ABA handed down a ruling which found Four Corners ‘inaccurate, unbalanced and partial’. The ‘ABA concluded that the program was not balanced in its presentation of the experience of parents of Foundation members. The ABA also concluded that the program was inaccurate in its representation of Mr Griffith and inaccurate and lacked balance in its representation of Mr Tim Macartney-Snape.’
Tim Macartney-Snape, Annie Williams, John Biggs, Sam Belfield, Jeremy Griffith and Annabelle West working on a document at the FHA
The ABA censures Four Corners
The ABA ruling received publicity in The Australian newspaper (reproduced below) and feature articles on the FHA appeared in both The Bulletin magazine (21 April 1998) and The Weekend Australian (9 May 1998).
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Complaint to the Independent Complaints Review Panel
In May 1996, the FHA complained to the ABC Independent Complaints Review Panel. The ICRP accepted the complaint, but the FHA decided to withdraw it due to the ICRP’s condition that the FHA relinquish its legal rights to take subsequent action against the ABC.
The FHA’s intermittent rugby team, the Ned Kelly’s XV, contested the 1996 Armidale Rugby Knockout competition for the second year running
Annabelle West managing the FHA’s Reference & Borrowing Library
Complaint to the Australian Broadcasting Authority (ABA)
In August 1996, the FHA submitted a 900-page complaint concerning the ABC-TV Four Corners program to the ABA — Australia’s media watchdog.
Susan Armstrong giving an introductory talk on the human condition
Tim Macartney-Snape, James West, Prue Watson, Susan Armstrong, Sam Belfield & John Biggs after a public talk on the North Shore in Sydney titled ‘An Informal Evening with the FHA’
ABC-TV Four Corners approach the FHA
In April 1995, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) broadcast the defamatory Four Corners program ‘Prophet of Oz’ concerning the FHA, Jeremy Griffith and Tim Macartney-Snape. The program was produced by Reverend Dr David Millikan of the Uniting Church, who also wrote a full-page article about the FHA in the Sydney Morning Herald titled ‘Prophet of the Posh’.
The FHA became aware of the defamatory nature of the program prior to it going to air and sent more than a dozen substantial letters of complaint and appeal to the ABC prior to the broadcast including a half-page press advertisement ‘open letter’ in The Australian newspaper to ABC managing director, Mr Brian Johns. Parents of university students who were interested in the FHA’s ideas also sent a joint letter of complaint to Brian Johns.
Following Four Corners, the FHA made numerous complaints, appeals and protests to the ABC — all to no avail. Having been dismissed by the ABC, the FHA distributed thousands of publications and held open days and public lectures to try and overcome the negative effects of the program.
John Biggs introduces Jeremy Griffith’s public talk on ‘Evolutionary Psychology, and its limitation,The Human Condition’ at the Namaroo Conference Centre, Lane Cove, Sydney (December 1995)
Interest & support develops amongst university students
Following the launch of Beyond in 1991 and the subsequent media attention, reviews and commendations, interest in Jeremy Griffith’s work grew in academic and scientific circles. The FHA also attracted a new body of interest and support from a diverse range of people including university students from campuses in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart and country New South Wales.
Jeremy Griffith, Tim Macartney-Snape and other FHA members were invited to speak about the FHA’s ideas in Universities and other intellectual and philosophical forums across Australia. Workshops, discussion forums and outdoor camps were also held to foster interest in and discussion of the ‘human condition’.
Sam Belfield addressing the audience at an FHA Open Day at the University of New England
Group discussion on an outdoor camp in western NSW
Susan Armstrong giving a presentation on the human condition
Jeremy Griffith and Tim Macartney-Snape meet Sir Laurens van der Post
Jeremy Griffith & Tim Macartney-Snape with the late Sir Laurens van der Post
In April 1993, Jeremy Griffith and Tim Macartney-Snape met with pre-eminent author and philosopher Sir Laurens van der Post and his wife Ingaret Giffard at their home in London, prior to Tim’s address to the Royal Geographical Society. Sir Laurens is one of the great inspirations for Jeremy’s work and after their time together Sir Laurens wrote to Jeremy saying, ‘Ingaret and I were very moved by your letter of 2nd May, the thought of us which you carried to Australia and gratitude for the visit for which the two of you took time off in a very busy schedule in England...I would hope you will always know how we value the examples you set and the work you are doing in Australia.’
Professor Charles Birch addresses FHA Open Day
Emeritus Professor of Biology Charles Birch addressed a large gathering of FHA members, interested parties, parents and friends at the FHA’s Open Day in Sydney. Professor Birch said that there were ‘two huge themes’ in Jeremy Griffith’s books: the first being ‘the nature of the world’, and the second being ‘the nature of human nature’. He went on to explain that ‘science can’t deal with subjectivity’, and that subjectivity ‘is something that is very difficult to get your teeth into and yet it is the most important thing in the world’.
Professor John Morton launches Beyond in New Zealand
Emeritus Professor of Zoology and theologian John Morton launched Beyond on 10 June 1992 at Auckland University.
The Kenya Museum Society launches Beyond
Beyond was launched at the National Museum of Kenya in the Louis Leakey auditorium on 29 Sept 1992. Jeremy Griffith was invited to visit a number of primate field studies in Kenya and Burundi.
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Photos from Jeremy Griffith and Annie Williams’ 1992 trip to Africa. Above Right: Jeremy with Louis Leakey’s memorial statue outside the Kenyan Museum prior to his launch presentation Below L to R: Jeremy with Dr. Shirley Strum’s Chololo Ranch Baboon Project study group in Kenya; Jeremy with Dr. Susanne Abildgaard and a common chimp at Jane Goodall’s Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Centre in Burundi; Jeremy with the Susa Mountain Gorilla study group in Rwanda. Jeremy met with the carer of this troop, Dr. Elizabeth Macfie, veterinarian for Dian Fossey’s Karisoke Gorilla Research Centre; Jeremy and Annie in Samburu National Park in Kenya
Beyond The Human Condition is published
Jeremy Griffith & Tim Macartney-Snape at the launch of Beyond with Ron & Ann Reynolds of Millennium Books, the book’s distributors.
Launched at the Queen Victoria Building in Sydney in November 1991, Jeremy Griffith’s second book Beyond the Human Condition elaborates on the biology presented in his first book Free, and examines subjects such as science and religion, politics and psychiatry.
READ BEYOND’S MEDIA RELEASE HERE
‘Introducing a biological idea as revolutionary and potentially controversial as Charles Darwin’s…’
Commendations for Beyond were given from arguably the five most eminent scientists in the world working in opening up the holistic scientific paradigm (including two winners of the prestigious Templeton Prize).
Tim Macartney-Snape summits Everest with the Key Aloft
Tim Macartney-Snape holds the FHA’s (as the WTM was then known) flag aloft on the summit of Mount Everest
In May 1990, Tim Macartney-Snape completed his second successful ascent of Mount Everest solo and without oxygen in his famous ‘Sea to Summit’ expedition, carrying with him the FHA’s key aloft flag. Starting at sea level from the Bay of Bengal, Tim became the first person to climb the entire 8874 metres of the world’s highest mountain.
The FHA is incorporated
In early 1990 the CFHA changed its name to the Foundation for Humanity’s Adulthood (FHA).
At the initiative of a number of Sydney lawyers the FHA — now called the WTM — was incorporated in May 1990 as a company limited by guarantee in order to better develop and promote understanding of the human condition, and in particular the work of Jeremy Griffith. Significantly, three of the FHA/WTM’s founding directors, Jeremy, Tim Macartney-Snape and Chris Stephen, together with Jeremy’s brother Simon Griffith (appointed as a director in 1992), all attended Geelong Grammar School. The incorporation of the FHA/WTM paved the way for it to acquire an Authority to Fundraise for Charitable Purposes in 1991.
Jeremy Griffith 1988
The CFHA publishes Free: The End of The Human Condition
Jeremy Griffith’s first book presents in detail the first-principle-based biology underpinning his explanation of the human condition.
SEE FREE’S MEDIA RELEASE HERE
‘This book will attract a great deal of interest and controversy.’
The WORLD TRANSFORMATION MOVEMENT (WTM) is founded
The WTM was originally founded in 1983 as the Centre For Humanity’s Adulthood (CFHA) by Australian biologist Jeremy Griffith to develop and promote understanding of the human condition. Jeremy’s writing on the human condition, which began in 1967 during his six-year search for the Thylacine or ‘Tasmanian Tiger’, grew from his desire to reconcile ideality and reality.
Submission by Jeremy Griffith to ‘Nature’ and ‘New Scientist’ Journals
In 1983, Jeremy Griffith travelled to London to personally submit to the Editors of Nature and New Scientist journals a ‘Summary’ of a book that in 1988 was published as Free: The End of The Human Condition.