Ego: The Fall of the Twin Towers and the Rise of an Enlightened Humanity by Peter Baumann and Michael W. Taft is the first book to explore the positive evolutionary potential hidden in one of the most destructive events in history. In their examination of the evolutionary implications of 9/11 and its aftermath, the authors contend we are not falling into the grip of a new dark age at all, rather we are on the verge of a much
brighter one as the Darwinian process of natural selection continues to advance humankind.
Using the latest research from neuroscience, evolutionary biology, psychology, and paleontology, Baumann and Taft show that modern humanity may be on the verge of an expansion of cognitive abilities akin to the development of the ego. This next step will free the human mind to see
beyond the confines of the prison, and open the vast potential of conscious awareness.
For many years, Peter Baumann has focused on the exploration of well-being and quality of life from a philosophical, conceptual and experiential perspective. In the spring of 2009, Baumann established the Baumann Institute a nonprofit educational and research corporation. “We want to find out whether or not non-dual awareness can be instrumental in the alleviation of suffering and the experience of well-being,” Baumann states. “The results of scientific research were instrumental in exploding meditation into mainstream awareness and acceptance over the last 35 years. We’re hoping over the coming decades our work may lead to similar results with non-dual awareness.” Peter Baumann has brought to all his endeavors, a satisfying balance of natural, free-flowing intuition and rational, businesslike precision. Most recently, he’s focused this innate approach on finding the secrets to “the highest quality of life.” Baumann is a happy, fulfilled human being. “We all like to share what has made a difference in our lives,” he notes. With this in mind, he’s now intent on discovering if what he’s realized for himself can be of service to a broader humanity.
Michael W. Taft has dedicated his life to exploring the possibilities of the brain. During the 1990s, he was Editorial Director of Sounds True, working to publish the most important spiritual and psychology teachers of the day. Since 2000, he has been a freelance book editor and writer, collaborating on such works as DreamTending (2009) with Dr. Stephen Aizenstat. Michael also co-wrote Ego: The Fall of the Twin Towers and the Rise of an Enlightened Humanity, due out in Fall 2011 from The Baumann Foundation’s NE Press.
Michael is fascinated by what evolution, neuroscience, biology, psychology, archeology, and technology can tell us about the human condition.
Michael is also a meditation teacher and spiritual counselor. He writes a meditation blog called Deconstructing Yourself.From Zen temples in Japan to yogi caves in India, he has been meditating for over twenty-five years and has extensive experience in both Buddhist and Hindu practice. Michael has studied for more than ten years with Shinzen Young, who trained him to teach. He currently lives with his partner Penelope in Berkeley, California.