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The Awakened Ape

A Biohacker's Guide to Evolutionary Fitness, Natural Ecstasy, and Stress-Free Living
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Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
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Summary

What secrets do Amazonian tribes, Himalayan hermits, and enlightened monks know about health and happiness that have been lost to the world today?

In The Awakened Ape, Jevan Pradas uses evolutionary psychology to hack the human mind and body to answer the question: "How can we enjoy life to the fullest?" The results, while unexpected, are completely backed by science.

Perpetually bored, anxious, fatigued, and overweight, modern society has failed to deliver the happiness it promised. The remedy, Jevan argues, is in a unique synthesis of a Paleolithic lifestyle and Buddhist meditation. A sprawling journey, featuring Jevan's adventures with naked Amazonian tribes and retreats with enlightened monks to learn the secrets of optimal well-being, The Awakened Ape will teach you how to achieve deep states of bliss. All while shaping your body into the fit and healthy animal millions of years of evolution programmed you to be.

You will learn how to meditate-from instructions for the absolute beginner to techniques for deep states of ecstasy and awakening; how to eat the optimally healthy diet for both physical and mental health; how to train the attention span so you can be focused and efficient all day long; how to exercise so that is fun, enjoyable, and something you look forward to; how to get rid of the habit of negative thinking in just one week; how to live like a caveman in the modern world in order to get the most out of your genetics; how to properly go to the bathroom (yes, you have been doing it wrong); and much, much, more....

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Unfulfilled potential

The first half of the book focused very much on hunter/gatherer society and the disconnect experienced between those and our contemporary western experience and lifestyle. A range of cross-cultural examples drawn from a variety of tribes to illustrate this were provided which provided much food for thought and indicators as to our life and health could be improved. Having said this there was little focus on the life expectancy in hunter/gatherer society and so there was a degree of imbalance and the majority of aspects of our western lifestyles were seen as negative with no reference to any positives. There was interest in the tribal examples cited but after these the book seemed to focus on mindfulness and Buddhism and how meditation can help us daily. Not such a bad thing but I have read other authors who have done this in a more coherent and integrated manner. As I came to the closing chapters, I felt that what we had here was yet another self-help book rebranded with the trendy new descriptor of a 'bio-hackers' guide. To summarise: a promising start which did not fulfill its initial potential for the reasons stated. By the closing sections this bio-hacking approach left me feeling 'hacked off' and was dragging out concepts over many chapters which could have been examined in far fewer.

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Waste of money

Poorly read, and poorly edited (lots of changes in volume where pieces have been added). The book itself taught me nothing apart from there are tribes that don’t live like modern people. Wow! How insightful. A total waste of money.

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My Awakened ape !

Top draw listen a revelation! I think I finally get what it’s all about ! A very useful tool for helping you to get past all the bullshit in life and finally start living!

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Enlightening life changer

Completely gave me a new outlook on life back by logic and science and I am blessed to have cane across such a book.

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You are going to die.

Much better and easier to digest than first anticipated. Well worth the listen. Even if you don't get the meditation aspect, it's still an interesting perspective on the concept of obtaining contentment in life.

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Informative and practical

A combination of science and practical steps to be at peace with oneself. Everything this in our head, everything is also not real and nothing matters... yet we still need to work and take the kids to school... this book helps us to appreciate what we have. Life is a brief journey. I tried the meditation, it is difficult. If I can improve on the that then all the other problems will be reduced. Definitely a thought provoking and enjoyable listen.

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Embarrassingly bad

My brother and I started listening to this book on a long car journey. I’ve read lots of books on related subjects and this is just gimicky trash. We actually laughed repeatedly at how bad it is. If you’re actually interested in these subjects, look elsewhere.

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posibly the best book i have ever heard!

this book opens your eyes to connections between spirituality, fitness, and lifestyle with a touch of science but what is all this if it is the same but nothing at all? Listen to this to become what you were intended to be!

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Great, except for author’s anecdotes

Great book, great factual content for anyone who works in an office and are wondering why they despise it. However, I found the author’s personal stories on ‘hook ups’ and success with women rather cringey

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BRILLIANT, pure and simple

Informative, thought-provoking , beautiful , humorous, thought- surpassingly necessary! Listen to this book. Then listen to it again...

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  • Robert Clinkscales
  • 24-12-18

Comprehensive, worth reading

Lots Of anthropological tidbits, as well as good mind bio hacks. Some stuff debatable but overall good perspective

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  • Teodora Trufea
  • 02-07-18

I found this book refreshingly witty

The book is giving a new perspective on the impact of evolution on the modern days' life. Worth listening!

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  • Ryan
  • 16-12-19

Amazing and life altering

I really enjoyed this as a biology student. This book keeps up with a prevailing motif, that the natural way is often the "best" way.

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  • travis j bjork
  • 03-07-19

loved it, one of the best of it's type.

I've listened to a lot of books about evolutionary psychology and this is one of the best!

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  • Andrew Lenards
  • 27-04-19

Worth Your Time

I enjoy Jevan’s book and I appreciate all the questions it raises for me about how I live and what aspects of life I am not fully introspective investigated.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-10-18

Our future lies in a return to natural life

Our future happiness is wrapped in returning to natural modern practices that will help us live meaningful lives. Jevan Pradas has brought together science and ancient practices to create a guide for the living in harmony with our essential nature. An incredible book that has changed my life. Thank you Jevan

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  • Keith Seidel
  • 19-09-20

Mind Turning

“Stop using ‘SOAP’ and SHAMPOO !” Now that advice is hard to take, and yet I now shower daily without using either. Why? Cause it makes sense and that’s my take-home from this book. This author supports his statements with clear logic and evidence based information. He simply compares our modern society to that of our hunter-gathering ancestors. Surprise . . . The primitives live ‘happier’ and ‘healthier’ lives—on every point considered. Perhaps, I may be misleading you into thinking that this book is just about convincing everybody to move back and live in the jungle. No, that’s not practical, but for me this book made me ‘think’—about what is really important and how to adjust my life and way of thinking—to stop assuming that we know everything. Because we don’t.

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  • D. Park
  • 04-08-20

A must read for everyone!

This book is eye opening! So many of us go through our lives not questioning why we do what we do. We get up, go to work, go home, go to sleep, then do the same thing the next day and the day after that. This book makes you realize there’s more to life than the rat race, which were all brainwashed into thinking is the only way. If I had been informed of the information in this book when I were younger I would have lived a happier life. But it’s never too late to make changes and feel better from now on. Thank you Jevan Prada, you are a good man with a warm heart. You have awakened me to a better way of living! If everyone read this book the world would be a better place.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-05-20

Awful narrator

This guy is horrible. Will never know if the book is any good. Can't make it past the intro due to awful narrator.

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  • Suzanne galliher
  • 11-04-20

Maybe I'm Just Too Cynical

A good primer and "beginner's guide" perhaps to the subjects at hand. Not the greatest