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.
Jevan Pradas is the author of The Awakened Ape: A Biohacker’s Guide to Evolutionary Fitness, Natural Ecstasy, and Stress-Free Living. Fascinated by existential questions, he earned his B.A. in Philosophy, and later worked in the Personality and Well-Being laboratory at San Francisco State University, while getting his M.A. in Mind, Brain and Behavior Research. After graduating, he started his career in the burgeoning field of brain training, conducting one-on-one training sessions with clients to improve their cognitive skills. He has traveled to the Amazon to live with hunter-gatherer tribes, and goes on meditation retreats at Buddhist monasteries whenever he has the chance.
The Awakened Ape
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..
I caught up with Jevan to ask him to share with us his journey into biohacking and to share with us more personal insights.
Interview with Jevan Pradas
Q: So Jevan, Bio hacking has become one of the biggest buzz terms over the past few years can you tell us how you became interested in the area of human development?
A: When I was young it dawned on me that one day I was going to die. I thought, if I only get one shot at this life, I’m not going to waste it. So I went about trying to accumulate experiences and having adventures. But it was only after having a nervous breakdown on a heroic dose of magic mushrooms (Hi Mom) that I realized your internal psychology is more important than your external circumstances in determining the quality of your life. This led me on a quest to figure out the ingredients to an optimally healthy mind.
Q: Your book turns a lot of long held beliefs up to the light and asks us to question many areas of the human mindset. Which things have you discovered that personally shocked your understanding and personal beliefs?
A: That hunter-gatherers rarely, if ever, suffer from cancer, diabetes, heart disease, anxiety or depression. These illnesses are not endemic to the human condition, but arise from a mismatch between the environment our biology is adapted to and the modern environment we currently find ourselves in.
Q: Can you share with us any personal biohacks that have changed your life and you continue to use on a daily basis?
A: It’s important to start the day in a good mood. As soon as I wake up I’ll do some breathing exercises, followed by metta meditation, filling my body and mind with the feeling of goodwill towards myself, family, friends, all of of mankind and the universe at large. Then I get up, find a spot in the sunlight and do some stretches. By now I’m feeling blissful, loose and ready for the day.
Q: Apart from your own book, can you suggest any great reads you would like to share?
A: “The Selfish Gene” by Richard Dawkins and “Spent” by Geoffrey Miller. These books were instrumental for me in understanding what it means to be a human being and why we behave the way we do.
Q: If you could put up a billboard in any major city; what phrase would you like to share with the world?
A: Eat healthy. Exercise hard. Sleep well. Meditate daily. Enjoy nature. Find your tribe.
Q: Can you tell us about any interesting projects you are involved with at the moment, any future books on the horizon?
A: I recently created two online meditation courses. The first is titled “Meditation for People Who Swear They Can’t Meditate”, and the second is titled “Find the Right Style of Meditation for You.” Search for them at www.udemy.com . I also do donation-based personal consulting online. Email me at AwakenedApe@gmail.com for details. No new books on the horizon…yet.