The Australian biologist Jeremy Griffith has dedicated his life to bringing fully accountable, biological explanation to the dilemma of the human condition—how do we explain our species’ extraordinary capacity for what has been called ‘good’ and ‘evil’.
Raised on a ranch in Australia, Jeremy Griffith was educated at one of the most highly regarded schools in the world (HRH Prince Charles attended the same school for part of his education) where he gained first class honours in biology.
Jeremy began his science degree in 1966 before deferring his studies determined to save a remarkable Australian animal—the ‘Tasmanian Tiger’—that appeared to be nearing extinction. His search was to last more than six years but sadly Jeremy was to conclude that the Tiger was indeed extinct. The quest generated documentaries and articles around the world including in the American Museum of Natural History’s journal, Natural History.
In 1971 Jeremy completed his BSc in zoology at the University of Sydney and in the following years established a highly successful business to sustain his research and writing into the human condition. At the age of 27, on realizing that what was needed in the world was a deeper understanding of ourselves, Jeremy turned his full attention to the issue of the human condition, a study that has remained his life’s focus.
Jeremy started writing about the human condition in 1975, established the non-profit organisation the World Transformation Movement (WTM) in 1983 (which is dedicated to the study and amelioration of the human condition), published his first book, Free: The End Of The Human Condition, in 1988, and since then, many more, including the 2004 bestseller, A Species In Denial, and in 2016 his "summa masterpiece", FREEDOM: The End Of The Human Condition.
Jeremy’s books have attracted the support of such eminent scientists in the field as Australia’s Templeton Prize-winning biologist Professor Charles Birch, New Zealand’s then foremost zoologist Professor John Morton, former President of the Canadian Psychiatric Association Professor Harry Prosen, and other distinguished thinkers such as Sir Laurens van der Post. A proposal to make a documentary about the human condition, The Human Condition Documentary Proposal, which Jeremy wrote the synopses for, received over 100 endorsements from many of the world’s leading scientists and thinkers, including professors Stephen Hawking and Nobel Laureate Charles H. Townes.
But while Jeremy’s work has attracted praise and received impressive commendations from some exceptional thinkers able to acknowledge his insights, he has also had to withstand the cynicism, indifference and even persecution that humans’ historic resistance to engaging the subject of the human condition produces. (Where that resistance has occurred it has been strongly countered with rectifying clarification, which you can read about here.) His work has, in short, been through the ‘boiling oil’ test and come out the other side with its integrity completely validated; as Professor Harry Prosen has recognized: “Jeremy is the ultimate psychotherapist, the psychotherapist for psychotherapists—in fact, all the great theories I have encountered in my lifetime of studies of psychiatry can be accounted for under his explanation of human origins and behavior. The importance of the ideas in FREEDOM is immeasurable. The depths they enable us to reach in understanding ourselves and our world is bottomless. The great impasse to a full understanding of our existence has finally been breached. This truly is it, the day of days, the coming of our species’ moment of liberation.”