Australian biologist Jeremy Griffith has dedicated his life to understanding and explaining the human condition. He is the author of seven books on the subject.
Our very physiology has been driving our behaviour, which ranges from incredible acts of love to unimaginable violence and horror. But Jeremy’s key ‘instinct vs intellect’ treatise explains that we can finally provide the scientific explanation for why this is, and through that understanding of the human condition we can free ourselves of all the guilt and uncertainty, and in turn transform ourselves and the world.
For most people, trying to think about this ultimate of questions of whether we humans are fundamentally good or not has been an unbearably self-confronting exercise. Indeed, the issue of the human condition has been so depressing for virtually all humans that only a rare few individuals have been sound and secure enough in self to go anywhere near what the human condition really is. Nurtured by a sheltered upbringing in the Australian countryside, Jeremy is one of those rare few. His soundness and resulting extraordinary integrity and thus clarity of thought, coupled with his training in biology, has enabled him to successfully grapple with this most foreboding of all subjects of the human condition and produce the breakthrough, human-behaviour-demystifying-and-ameliorating explanation of it.
Born on 1st December 1945 and raised on a sheep station in rural New South Wales, Australia, Jeremy was educated at Geelong Grammar School in Victoria. In 1965 he began a science degree at the University of New England in New South Wales. While there, Jeremy played representative rugby union football, making the 1966 trials for the national team, the Wallabies.
In 1967, on hearing of the plight and potential extinction of the Thylacine — the Tasmanian Tiger, Jeremy deferred his studies determined to save the Tiger from extinction. The search was to last for more than six years — the most thorough investigation ever of the Tasmanian Tiger — and by its conclusion he and his co-worker James Malley had attracted significant support and a Thylacine Research Centre had been established. Bob Brown, who went on to develop the Australian Conservation Movement and become a Federal Member of Parliament, donated his time and income for a year to support the Centre. Sadly, at the end of the search Jeremy concluded the ‘Tiger’ was extinct. (Read his findings and internationally reported articles in the American Museum of Natural History’s journal, Natural History, and Australian Geographic)
In 1971 Jeremy completed his Bachelor of Science degree in zoology at the University of Sydney and the following year he began manufacturing furniture to his own simple and natural designs, establishing the highly successful manufacturing business ‘Griffith Tablecraft’ employing some 45 people and becoming a major tourist attraction. (Read more about Griffith Tablecraft, and how this lead Jeremy to dedicate his life to understanding and explaining the human condition.)
Since 1975 Jeremy has written and had published numerous articles and books about the human condition: in particular his first book Free: The End Of The Human Condition (published in 1988); Beyond The Human Condition (1991); A Species In Denial (2003), which was a bestseller in Australia and New Zealand; The Human Condition Documentary Proposal (2004); The Great Exodus: From the horror and darkness of the human condition (2006); Freedom: Expanded (2009); The Book of Real Answers to Everything! (2011), his 2016 summa masterpiece book, FREEDOM: The End Of The Human Condition, and Transform Your Life And Save The World (2016).
In 2017, Jeremy commenced work on the Freedom Essay Series, an ongoing collection of essays (and videos) designed to help WTM subscribers access all the main subjects covered in FREEDOM in wonderfully illustrated bite-sized portions.