The Origin of Human Nature
A Zen Buddhist Looks at Evolution
How we think about our origin is important: if we think we are machines living among other machines, we will act accordingly. By showing evolution as a creative and intelligent process with its own inherent logic, The Origin of Human Nature resolves the dilemma of how to have, at the same time, both truth and ethics.
The Origin of Human Nature gives a new and fertile way to integrate spiritual and scientific views of human evolution. It offers a new and refreshing alternative to the current theories: random mutation (mechanistic neo-Darwinism), Genesis (God did it all personally), and Intelligent Design (God personally does what we can’t otherwise account for). It is an invigorating perspective on how our best qualities—our capacity for love, our appreciation of beauty, our altruistic capability, our creativity and intelligence—have come to be.
Instead of starting in an imagined remote and uncertain past and moving to the present, The Origin of Human Nature starts at the certain and immediate present. That consciousness, creativity, intelligence exist is certain. How can these have evolved? Using a top-down approach, the author answers this question in an original and engaging way.
Zen master Albert Low, director of Selam International, has spent his life enquiring into human nature. He obtains much of his inspiration from his friends at TAG; see their website here. His response integrates Zen Buddhism with Western philosophy, psychology, and evolutionary science to provide a full range of practical and stimulating answers.