"Understanding Human Consciousness grew out of my desire to leave a book which is a compilation of the most important things I have learned in my very long life."

Brown’s book explores the importance of science and self-knowledge and includes subjects such as truth, free will, belief, diet and fasting, and intelligence. The author examines nationalism and the need for peace on the planet, recognizing society’s struggle with the truth, including the truth of the self. Education is touted, free will is seen as cause and effect, and evolution and the human consciousness are examined in light of the elements of Darwinism. The text also relates how man is a unique species among all other species and ponders the evolutionary struggle with the ongoing population growth. Another topic the author addresses is a sense of belief, indicating that belief itself is “narrow and limited.” As the book continues, it focuses on sanity and the ego, the view that everyone should be a vegan, and the varieties of intelligence.

While short, this book stands out by looking at various ways that our culture examines our consciousness. The chapters often come across as more standalone writings than as a cohesive subject. Still, the author clearly points out many issues a struggling humanity is facing and will continue to face unless people make some significant positive changes, such as population control, letting go of their nationalistic pride, and looking at the truth of their issues, including the problem of lack of education. Interestingly, the author bucks a common trend by seeing belief as problematic instead of something that can aid people in various ways such as developing higher consciousness, etc. Brown has penned a quick read that offers food for thought on many topics.

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