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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....

©2016 Jevan Pradas (P)2018 Tantor

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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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  • Zen Bob
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  • 30-07-18

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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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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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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Get it

packed with humour and knowledge. a must if you want to he happier in life. a keeper

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A must read for today’s spiritual warrior

One’s detailed opinion will not reflect another’s experience or journey.

Just read / listen to this book.

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Get back to your inner ape.

Mind opener! One of those you want to play again. Did my degree in evolutionary psychology and this makes absolute sense. Of course some practice is more extreme then other but choice is yours.

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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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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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Enlightenment

Jevan Pradas explores a wide range of modern day issues humans are living with unconsciously. Pradas uses historic and modern unexplored evidence in order for us to consciously change the way we live to enhance our well being.
Paul Brian has an easy to listen to tone throughout. Overall, a pleasant life changer helping us to enlightenment.

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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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  • 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