In this optimistic and inspiring book, Peter Whybrow, the prize-winning author of American Mania, returns to offer a prescription for genuine human progress.
The Well-Tuned Brain
is a call to action. Swept along by the cascading advances of today’s
technology, most of us take for granted that progress brings
improvement. Despite spectacular material advance, however, the evidence
grows that we are failing to create a sustainable future for humanity.
We are out of tune with the planet that nurtures us.
itself is not the problem, as Whybrow explains, but rather our behavior.
Throughout its evolution the ancient brain that guides us each day has
been focused on short-term survival. But fortunately we are intensely
social creatures. Without the caring behaviors that flow from intimate
attachments to others, we would be relying on a brain that is only
marginally adapted to the complexity of the problems we must now face
together. Today we must grapple with survival, not in its immediacy but
over the long term.
The first step in finding our way forward is
to reexamine who we are as creatures of this planet. To this end,
Whybrow takes us on a fascinating tour of self-discovery, drawing
extensively upon his decades of experience as a psychiatrist and his
broad knowledge of neuroscience and human behavior.
throughout with engaging personal stories, the book’s trove of
cutting-edge science is enriched by philosophical, historical, and
cultural perspectives. What emerges is a summons to rediscover the
essential virtues of earlier nurturing, of mentored education, and an
engagement with the natural world through curiosity and imagination.
can open the search for a better future. But technology alone will not
save us. To achieve success we will need the strength and wisdom of our
better nature as humane social beings. Download and start listening now!