London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) February 09, 2009 -- We are constantly being bombarded with reports about the parlous state of our world. Every morning we wake up to yet another crisis or calamity. The current pick of the crop is headed by world recession, incessant war, and global warming. And yet, for all our intelligence we seem to be missing a trick: why don't we simply make it our goal to achieve co-operation and agreement?
This is the question that John Bapty Oates sets out to answer in The Wrong Reality: The Essential Truth About Ourselves and Our World. In it he concedes that evolution has turned us into highly intelligent beings, but that we have failed to grasp our true intellectual potential, and in so doing, we are missing out on the truth - the 'Humantruth' - that would make harmony the only option.
Oates argues that one part of our brain furnishes the 'Conscious mind', which is largely driven by primitive instinct that serves competitive self-interest and leads to man's inhumanity to man The 'Postconcious' mind, on the other hand, occupies a separate part of the brain. It may be highly independently active but is largely disregarded. It is free from instinct and is therefore able to pursue truth in a disinterested fashion. And truth - 'Humantruth' as Oates calls it - leads to equality, freedom, and happiness. The Wrong Reality is a wake up call for readers to engage with their postconscious mind, to become 'Supraconscious', and to create a 'Humantrue' society.
This work has taken a long time to come to fruition. Oates started thinking about the problems that he addresses in The Wrong Reality at the age of four, in 1929. The result of this long meditation is this thesis that touches upon a broad range of disciplines, from neurobiology, to philosophy of mind, to metaphysics, to ethics, to history. And at each step of the way he demonstrates how his own conclusions can lead readers to the realisation of their, and the world's, potential.
The Wrong Reality is a timely reminder that, if we pay less attention to the self-interested demands of the conscious mind and heed the truth that is to be found in the Postconsciousness, we might eventually find the happy contentment that our intelligence merits.