This project's funding goal was not reached on August 27, 2011.
About this project
Help us unlock an ancient mystery so powerful it will stop the madness dead in its tracks
“This is a totally new way of looking at the evolution of the human brain. It is so totally fresh, unexpected and hitherto un-thought-of that it will probably take a long time before evolutionary anthropologists and psychologists begin to take it on board; but it will make an impact, of that there is no doubt. It will be, it must be, taken very seriously in any discussion of human origins.”
Humans. Here we are in 2011, after thousands of years of breathtaking development. Ours is an amazing journey – rife with trials and triumphs, pitfalls and progress. Now we stand at another precipice, and our future is up to us.
We live in a world that seems mad. Wars, poverty, disease, financial crises and environmental destruction characterize daily life for most on planet Earth. Though we possess advanced intelligence, we've yet to crack the code of human and planetary flourishing. Science still grapples with mysteries about the human mind – mysteries that if solved could lead us away from the brink and onto a path to not only safe ground but to paradise.
Sounds far-fetched? Keep reading.
Why are humans, the most intelligent species on Earth, at the brink of self-destruction?
Ancient civilizations tell us. The great religions tell us. And modern mystics and scientists are telling us through a giant mosaic of compelling data. Like a hidden scene in a sea of ink spots, once the pattern emerges, you'll wonder why you didn't see it at first glance.
Putting it to the test
On May 14, 2007 at 6 a.m., Tony
Wright walked into the Studio Bar in Penzance, a small port town on
the English Channel in Cornwall. He emerged eleven days later as a
world record-holder not for beer guzzling, but sleep deprivation (see
BBC article). Knowing that sleep elimination was an ancient practice to access enhanced perception, he pulled this stunt to test his theory about the human brain.
What was behind this practice? What did these ancients know?
In his book Left in the Dark, Tony lays out disparate data from science and religion and puts it together to form a coherent picture about the evolution of the human brain. It's at once startling and strangely comforting – as if a maddeningly complex puzzle finally has been solved.
Although at first glance it seems quite radical, his theory has garnered significant endorsements from a broad spectrum of leaders in science, philosophy and religion – perhaps because it accords well with data from all traditions. Early supporters include eminent biological anthropologist Colin Groves, quoted above, and neuroendocrinologist/anthropologist Robert Sapolsky remarked,
"...it sure makes sense that we are paying a neuropathological price for how unnatural our diet is."
Unbelievably, yes. And it's not what you might think. It's a strange story about what happened when ancient humans were cut off from the complex molecular cocktail that designed and formed their amazing brains. Something huge went wrong that was akin to being cast out of the garden, a paradise lost, a Fall from Grace.
Without access to hormonally and biochemically rich plants a slow, insidious degeneration began. And it hasn't stopped. Ancient man sensed something was happening and tried to mitigate the damage. Those treatments are still practiced today, divorced from their origins.Could this radical discovery of species-wide neurodegeneration actually resolve contradictions between ancient traditions and modern science?
We think so. And despite its staggering implications, initial reaction from spiritually-inclined philosophers, environmental activists, conservative scholars, and eminent academics supports the basic proposal. It may indeed offer that elusive re-unification of spirituality and science. Just in time to save us from mass extinction?
We need your support
“WOW... Unless we do something radical it is bye bye”
–Prof. Michael A. Crawford, PhD, CBiol, FIBiol, Director of the Institute of Brain Chemistry and Human Nutrition, in response to an article on Tony's theory
Yes, there is a solution to our madness!
The proposed cause, while shocking, is relatively easy to fix. We're inviting you to a rare opportunity to help launch this historic discovery that can change everything. Tony's work has caught the attention of several filmmakers, and we're asking for your support to raise $1.2 million to fund a two-part documentary.
We've commissioned acclaimed British filmmaker David Malone to tell the riveting story of humanity's descent from “paradise” to our current state of insanity and, most important, a plausible way out. The inaugural film Molecules of Madness will take a new look at existing data from multiple fields, including evolutionary biology, neuroscience, anthropology, philosophy, and religion. The disturbing yet encouraging picture that emerges will be impossible to ignore, and that's what we're aiming for.
“My job as a documentary film-maker is to find a way of posing or framing a question that draws together views which at first might seem disparate and unexpected. What comes out of this process is rarely an answer, but hopefully deeper, richer questions.” – David
Be part of humanity's new story!
Help us to push out this amazing story to a mass audience through high-quality, high-profile documentaries. Besides being a catalyst for change, you'll also get to enjoy some fun perks along the way! Check out the line-up of cool rewards at right. Everything from DVDs, books, private workshops and gala events, to the opportunity to assist with film production and directing! And if you just want to donate without getting bogged down with all the goodies, we've got bite-sized "Keep It Simple, Mate!" rewards. Or you can donate any amount and receive just our heartfelt thanks.
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What if we exceed the funding goal?
That would be awesome! We have more projects in the pipeline just waiting for funding, including a documentary by accomplished UK producer Tony Edwards of Third Eye Media, and an eye-popping “Visual Synthesis” by Cognitive Media.
Help spread the word
Through this Kickstarter project, we're also aiming to raise critical awareness of Tony's groundbreaking work. Please help us spread the word through any means possible. Media inquiries are welcome. You might very well be helping to save yourself and your paradisiacal home from further self-harm.
About David Malone
David is an acclaimed UK film-maker with a career spanning nearly 20 years producing and directing documentaries for both the BBC and Channel 4. David’s academic background is in hominid evolution, and his career at the BBC began in its science department. He developed what critics called "disturbingly lyrical" styles and established a reputation for "television of the highest quality." Since becoming an independent film-maker, David has continued to produce single films and series for BBC and Channel Four. His work for the Science, Religion and History departments has been described as "breathtaking," "provocative" and "beautiful."
David's topics range from the political to the philosophical, including films about time, mind, consciousness, human origins, and the legacy of Darwin in modern thought. The Times called his award-winning series Testing God, "moving and startling — as close to poetry as television gets." The sequel series Soul Searching was described as being "good for the soul of television" itself.
See Soul Searching excerpts here:
Part One (Split brain discussion with Dr. Michael Gazzaniga and comments from Dr. Iain McGilchrist)
Part Two (More from Iain McGilchrist and others on left/right brain)
Part Three (More from McGilchrist and Gazzaniga on left/right brain and some spiritual correlation)
For the past few years, David has also focused on the financial system. His BBC documentary High Anxieties - The Mathematics of Chaos, first broadcast in September 2008, was one of the first films to be made about the financial crisis accurately anticipating the problems that were to unfold in the economy. His book The Debt Generation was published in November 2010. His most recent film, The Secret Life of Waves, which he also presents, aired on BBC4 in February.
His father, producer and director Adrian Malone, made The Ascent of Man with Jacob Bronowski, The Age of Uncertainty with John Kenneth Galbraith, and Cosmos with Carl Sagan.
About Tony Wright
Tony is an independent researcher and author of Left in the Dark: The Biological Origins of the Fall From Grace. His scientific curiosity and self-experimentation led to a revolutionary theory about human development. Taking a fresh look at existing data from anthropology, archaeology, neuroscience, spiritual traditions, and other sources, Tony developed a new context for understanding the mysterious course of human brain development. His ground-breaking theory also provides a framework for the reunification of the academic and spiritual science of consciousness. It also offers a practical solution to the underlying cause of our dysfunctional/deluded state of mind.
Despite the major practical and philosophical implications, initial reaction from leaders in science and spirituality has been exceptionally favorable. Tony is now focused on bringing his work into the mainstream in the hope that it may help provide a way out of the madness we mistake as normality.
Among recent notable projects, Tony is developing a collaboration to formally assess his discovery with the University of Wales following a meeting with the Vice Chancellor. He's also busy presenting the basic theory at seminars and special events. In July he'll travel to Sapienza University of Rome for a presentation in association with STORYGARDENZ. See event schedule here.
Tony's trailer for Kickstarter project
Upcoming Kickstarter project - "Molecules of Madness":
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