Mind in Evolution
as assessed through reviews of major texts
Re-thinking What it Means We Evolved
Self improvement manual, two novels, and a play, all
involving re-thinking what it means we evolved.
Self Improvement Through a New Approach to Evolution.
The implications of having evolved applied in our own lives.
Me and The Genies. Romantic comedy involving a sleazy television
producer and a beautiful Chinese script writer.
Father, in a Far Distant Past I Find You. Utopian novel projecting
stages in our thinking about evolution onto future civilizations.
Kirkus review: ”Johnston’s contribution to the field is an
astonishingly original one. In a way, his version is deeply
Cartesian, haunted by the interaction between mind and matter,
but also grounded in the ordinary experience of human action.
He thoughtfully understands that the quest for an origin story is
not merely a matter of genetic mechanics, but also tied to the
existence of the human self and the values and purposes that
propel that self through a finite life. The commentary is
supplemented by short stories, quirkily constructed around the
nature of human consciousness and agency; for example, one
centers on the famous Turing test.”
Videos and podcasts present our mission--to
promote new thinking about evolution. Author
and publisher Shaun Johnston studied
biochemistry at University College London then went on to become a
science writer and artist, and doubter of many things evolutionary.
Website with over 100 articles and reviews preparing
artists and students of the humanities for coming up with
theories of evolution capable of accounting for what we
know it means we evolved. Reviews of classic evolutionary texts
provide an original survey of the development of evolutionary theory.
A New Framework for Universal Moral Values
Are You Wonderful? Good Science Says Yes
How to tell good science from bad
Which is more important, meaning in life, or science? Meaning in
life, says “Are You Wonderful?” It guides the reader through
scientific discoveries and what we know about ourselves (good
science) to understand how wonderful we really are, and a set of
practices based on that for achieving a good life. “Are You
Wonderful?” sticks up for common sense--that we have free will
and that consciousness can be creative. It argues against the
belief that everything we think and do is already physically
determined (that's the bad science).
What kind of a thing are we? To find out I suggest you ask, how
were we made? And one of the greatest discoveries of modern
times is, we got made by having evolved.
In this series of essays I review the various ideas people have
come up with for how we evolved, different accounts telling us
what kind of a creature we are. Think of that choice as like
deciding which platform you want your computer to run on. Mac or
Windows? Your choice affects the experience you’ll have while
using it. It’s entirely up to you.
Be aware, these reviews are not a disengaged scholarly survey.
They’re the opposite. They’re an impassioned advocacy of a non-
physicalist natural-philosophy point of view.