The Eternal Child: An Explosive New Theory of Human Origins and Behaviour

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Ebury, 2003 - Genetic psychology - 338 pages
Clive Bromhall's ground breaking book is the story of a single evolutionary process which has shaped the human species. The process, known as neoteny, has been massively underestimated by scientists until now. It explains everything from our hairless skin to our upright stance and, argues Bromhall, unlocks the key to human nature and to the future of homo sapiens. The human species, says Bromhall - radically but convincingly has anatomically and behaviourally regressed into a state of pemanent childhood. Humans are not in fact mature primates, but rather over grown baby apes. In essence, in order to survive our environment, in order to create a social species and allow our brains to develop, our species has been completely infantised. With this key Clive Bromhall proceeds to unlock many of the mysteries of human behaviour and forces us to reassess our thinking on human nature, and the power of the child within. The result of years of research, The Eternal Child is thought provoking and highly readable and will explain mysteries such as why some of us are homosexual, the differences between races, the need for religion and the dynamic of male/femal relationships. Each decade produces one seminal, challenging and opinion-changing popular science title. This decade it will be The Eternal Child.

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If a new theory fits the evidence and provides straightforward answers to a wide range of previously puzzling observations then science has to take a big step forward. Charles Darwin's "Origin of ... Read full review


A Body of Evidence
Babes in the Wood
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After gaining a Phd in Zoology from Oxford, Dr Clive Bromhall left academia to form a documentary company making educational, scientific films. The Eternal Child is the product of a lifelong fascination with the development of human and animal species.

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