“The average man is destitute of independence of opinion. He is not interested in contriving and opinion of his own, by study and reflection, but is only anxious to find out what his neighbor’s opinion is and slavishly adopt it”
“Now that the human mind has grasped celestial and terrestrial physics, mechanical and chemical, organic physics, both vegetable and animal, there remains one science, to fill up the series of sciences of observation – social physics. This is what men have now most need of; and his it is the principal aim of the present work to establish”
Auguste Compte, Cours de philosophie positive, 1830-1842
“… the very events which in their own nature appear most capricious and uncertain, and which in any individual case no atainable degree of knowledge would enable us to foresee, occur, when considerable numbers are taken into account, with a degree of regularity approaching to mathematical”
John Stuart Mill, A System of Logic, 1862
The story of Western civilization is the process of opening the human mind to discover nature and realize his potential as a rational man. This struggle for mental liberation has seen many cycles of triumph and retreat throughout the history of cultural evolution. The Testosterone Hypothesis focuses on understanding how our roots in biological evolution, from which Homo sapiens emerged, are still the dominating force of our cultural evolution and still shaping our minds and worldviews.
Modern neuroscience has discovered that hormones, such as testosterone, dopamine, and serotonin, have been a major factor governing our biological development and reproductive life cycle of birth, growth, procreation, and finally death. However, this new, cutting edge research leads to a new understanding: these hormones carry a similar role in shaping the fate of civilization, the cycles of cultural growth and decay, and the rhythm of history.
By uncovering the hormone secrets, we can liberate humanity from the more primitive dictatorship of our ancient mammalian brain. Then, the more recently evolved neocortex—the center of human reason and high-level conceptual thought—will be fully free to become the master of our destiny.
From Biological to Cultural Evolution
Until Darwin’s publication of On the Origin of Species (1859) it was believed by the academic establishment that all species were created differently, with no one scientific principle process taking place. Darwin shattered the mystical view of creation with a new understanding of creation as an evolutionary process. In relation to the humanities and the social sciences, this anachronistic point of view still pervades the academic world still today.
The new book, The Testosterone Hypothesis, shatters this simplistic view of the history of our cultural origins with a new groundbreaking thesis that the origin of cultures is an evolutionary process similar to the one taking hold in the biological world. This revolution in the humanities of understanding the complexity of human civilization as a dynamic process will propel us to the next level of scientific knowledge.