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Peter Baumann

Peter Baumann began his career as a member of the internationally acclaimed 1970s band Tangerine Dream and later founded the Private Music record label. Instead of being derailed by early fame and fortune, he asked himself this in his late 40s: “Given that I probably have...

Michael W. Taft

Michael W. Taft is a serious student of evolution and the capacities of the human brain. A professional researcher and writer for more than two decades, Taft is fascinated by what neuroscience, biology, psychology, archeology, and technology can tell us about the human...


The Fall of the Twin Towers and the Rise of an Enlightened Humanity

Peter Baumann

Michael W. Taft

from Natural Enlightenment Press

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Ego: The Fall of the Twin Towers and the Rise of an Enlightened Humanity by Peter Baumann and Michael W. Taft is the first book to explore the positive evolutionary potential hidden in one of the most destructive events in history. In their examination of the evolutionary implications of 9/11 and its aftermath, the authors contend we are not falling into the grip of a new dark age at all; rather, we are on the verge of a much brighter one as the Darwinian process of natural selection continues to advance humankind.

The authors’ inquiry led them to the roots of human suffering: the ego. That the ego underlies our problems as a species may come as no surprise. But a deeper look into the ego’s origin and history is full of unexpected revelations:

  • The modern human is dominated by a Stone Age brain
  • Energy consumption and the environmental crisis is nothing more than the evolutionary drive to survive gone haywire
  • Evolution has wired us to be riveted to bad news, bad outcomes, and worst-case scenarios
  • When beliefs are challenged it triggers a life or death stance in the human nervous system
  • Emotions are mostly physical, not mental

The self we identify with—along with its biases and beliefs—turns out to be an evolutionary tool that made its first appearance some 50,000 years ago during what’s called the conceptual revolution, arguably the biggest developmental leap in human history. The emerging ego accompanied our ability to construct complex tools, create art, and redefine social structure. For the first time as a species, we were able to imagine the future, consider the thoughts of others, and picture ourselves in our own minds. The ego is a cognitive trick of natural selection intended to insure the survival of the individual. Baumann and Taft say the problem comes when we take the ego’s conceptualization of reality as the truth about who we actually are.

Using the latest research from neuroscience, evolutionary biology, psychology, and paleontology, Baumann and Taft show that modern humanity may be on the verge of an expansion of cognitive abilities akin to the development of the ego. This next step will free the human mind to see beyond the confines of the prison, and open the vast potential of conscious awareness.

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Hardcover Book:
Contents Hardcover book (273 pages)
Date Published September 01, 2011
ISBN-10 1-60407-573-2
ISBN-13 978-1-60407-573-1
Dimensions 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches
Product Codes 2134, k2134, bk02134
Digital Book:
Contents eBook (273 pages)
Date Published September 01, 2011
ISBN-10 1-60407-656-9
ISBN-13 978-1-60407-656-1
Product Codes 2134w, k2134w, bk02134w
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Contents Audio download (8 hours)
Date Published September 01, 2011
ISBN-10 1-60407-679-8
ISBN-13 978-1-60407-679-0
Product Codes 2394w, d2394w, dd02394w

Customer Reviews

By Kathy M
Date Added: Monday 21 November 2011
Fascinating information. Haven't finished it yet but I can't put it down.
By Nori Muster
Date Added: Saturday 30 June 2012
First of all, I thought it would be an audio book. Was surprised when it arrived and was a book-book. Also, the author tried to make a case for the official 9/11 story. I believe Bin Laden and alQuaeda were CIA assets during a previous war, and probably still work for Dick Cheney.
So the book went against my grain, but I read it and put it aside. Some of the ideas were interesting.
By Manuel
Date Added: Saturday 8 October 2011
Attracted by the intriguing subtitle I eagerly read the sample chapter - and was thoroughly dissapointed. Not only that the authors seem to know little of higher consciousness, but this book seems to be just another piece of propaganda that ignores objective scientific evidence. For example, in Chapter One they write

"The fire created by the explosive burning of this fuel was so intense that it weakened the Twin Towers’ steel skeletons, causing them to collapse, killing several thousand people."

This is the official version which the authors have adopted, but according to more than 1600 certified architects and engineers it's a physical impossibility, and they have overwhelming evidence not only for that, but also that the twin towers and building 7 have been subject to a controlled demolition (cf. www.ae911truth.org or http://youtu.be/hZEvA8BCoBw).

I find it rather revealing that the authors refer to the many contributions in the internet and particularly on YouTube without even mentioning the controversy around this issue. A superb title wasted on a sad piece of state propagand.

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