The following is a formal response from the World Transformation Movement (WTM). While we strongly advise people not to dignify vilification of our work by responding to it, we feel it important that those who have viewed online attacks on the World Transformation Movement have the benefit of a description of the WTM, of what we know of people’s experience with it, and of what we understand about some people’s resistance to, and even vilification of, our work of bringing understanding to the human condition.
The World Transformation Movement is a completely open and transparent organisation with a comprehensive website at where there is a great range of books, publications and audio-visual material available to be viewed or downloaded that we encourage you to explore so as to reach your own conclusions.
Founded in 1983 and incorporated in 1990, the World Transformation Movement is a registered not-for-profit organisation with the aims of understanding and ameliorating the human condition, the human condition being our species’ seemingly contradictory capacity for both ‘good and evil’. In particular the WTM recognises the breakthrough biological treatise of the human condition put forward by Australian biologist , who maintains that understanding what caused our angry, egocentric and alienated behaviour—namely a conflict between our original instincts and acquired conscious intellect—is the key to rehabilitating and transforming the human race.
Jeremy’s work is multi-disciplinary, drawing from the physical sciences, biology, anthropology and primatology as well as philosophy, psychology and psychiatry. Since 1988 he has published more than ten books including the 2003 Australasian best-seller A Species In Denial, his 2016 definitive work, FREEDOM: The End Of The Human Condition, and in 2020 presented the one-hour video explanation of the human condition, the transcript of which is provided in the booklet, THE Interview. Since Critical Theory wasn’t taking hold in society when FREEDOM was published, in 2021 Jeremy wrote Death by Dogma as a companion book for both FREEDOM and THE Interview to explain the extreme danger Marxist Critical Theory presents. In 2022 Jeremy made two important video presentations, the transcripts of which are provided in the booklets The Great Guilt that causes the Deaf Effect and The Shock Of Change that understanding the human condition brings. In 2023 Jeremy and others made the video presentation and subseqent book, The Great Transformation – How understanding the human condition actually transforms the human race; Jeremy also began work on two new books, Therapy For The Human Condition, and Our Meaning, both of which are being made available as new sections are written.
Before addressing the issue of the vilification of the World Transformation Movement’s work of bringing understanding to the human condition, it is important to emphasise that while it has occurred, it is by no means the typical response, as the following illustrate:
Over the years biologist Jeremy’s work has generated interest and acclaim from a wide cross-section of the scientific and literary world. Commendations from scientists for Jeremy’s book FREEDOM: The End Of The Human Condition, which was launched in 2016 at the Royal Geographical Society in London, include:
Jeremy’s other works have also attracted praise and support from eminent scientists and philosophers:
For examples of the direct experience people have had with the work of the World Transformation Movement there are that can be watched and/or read on the WTM website. Again, these responses could hardly be more considered, supportive or enthusiastic.
The problem is that while the subject of the human condition, which is our species’ corrupted, ‘fallen’, instinctive-self-or-soul-destroyed, seemingly ‘evil’, angry, egocentric and alienated state, is by far the most important of all subjects for the human race to address and solve, it has also been the most confronting and unbearably depressing of all subjects for humans to face. In fact, it has been such a fearfully confronting subject that almost everyone had to resign themselves during their adolescence to living in determined denial of it. (The psychological process of Resignation is explained in .)
What this means is that when human-condition-addressing-not-avoiding, and thus effectively penetrating, fully accountable and solving, redeeming explanation of the human condition finally appears—as it now has—a great crisis point in the human journey occurs where extreme resistance and prejudice against what is being presented threatens to destroy the desperately needed ameliorating enlightenment of our species’ now terminally psychologically upset, angry, egocentric and alienated condition.
Basically the fulfilment of our species’ 2-million-year heroic journey to find the redeeming, human-race-liberating understanding of our corrupted condition is jeopardised by a terrible loss of nerve and retreat back into darkness—which would, before long, result in the death of the human race from unthinkably horrendous levels of psychosis.
The fact that has to be faced is that only by understanding and solving the human condition can we save ourselves from the now rapidly escalating effects of it. So we either continue to fearfully resist and persecute the fully accountable, truthful explanation of the human condition, or we tolerate the work and by so doing avoid a fast approaching horrific dystopia of humans everywhere suffering from unbearable psychosis—the terrifying end-play zombie apocalypse so many of our movies, young adult novels, and even zombie street parades, are anticipating (see )!
The renowned Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson recognised the absolutely critical, human-race-saving importance of finding the reconciling, rehabilitating and solving understanding of the human condition when he wrote that ‘The human condition is the most important frontier of the natural sciences’ (Consilience, 1998, p.298 of 374), and in another of his books, ‘There is no grail more elusive or precious in the life of the mind than the key to understanding the human condition’ (The Social Conquest of Earth, 2012, p.1). But again, while ‘understanding the human condition’ is the holy ‘grail’ of ‘science’, it is, as will now be evidenced, the most confronting and thus contentious of all subjects, dealing as it does with the underlying subjective dimension to life of the issue of ‘self’—which is why solving it has been so ‘elusive’. Indeed, it has taken the minds of some of the world’s greatest philosophers to even articulate the fear of engaging with it.
The philosopher Søren Kierkegaard’s ‘analysis on the nature of despair is one of the best accounts on the subject’ (Wikipedia; see )—with the ‘nature of despair’ being as close as the reviewer could go in referring to the worse-than-death, suicidal depression that the subject of the human condition has historically caused humans, but which Kierkegaard managed to give such an honest account of in his aptly titled 1849 book, The Sickness Unto Death: ‘the torment of despair is precisely the inability to die [and end the torture of our previously unexplained human condition]…that despair is the sickness unto death, this tormenting contradiction [of our ‘good and evil’, human condition-afflicted lives], this sickness in the self; eternally to die, to die and yet not to die’ (tr. A. Hannay, 1989, p.48 of 179).
It follows then that to confront the until now unexplained human condition has been an impossible ask for most people—as another great philosopher, Nikolai Berdyaev, acknowledged: ‘Knowledge requires great daring. It means victory over ancient, primeval terror…it must also be said of knowledge that it is bitter, and there is no escaping that bitterness…Particularly bitter is moral knowledge, the knowledge of good and evil. But the bitterness is due to the fallen state of the world…There is a deadly pain in the very distinction of good and evil, of the valuable and the worthless’ (The Destiny of Man, 1931; tr. N. Duddington, 1960, pp.14-15 of 310).
In his appropriately titled poem No Worst, There Is None, the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins similarly wrote, ‘O the mind, mind has mountains; cliffs of fall, frightful, sheer, no-man-fathomed’, articulating how fearfully confronting and depressing the previously un-‘fathomed’ issue of the human condition has been for virtually all humans. (In Jeremy describes just how fearful we humans have been of the previously unexplained issue of our species’ corrupted, ‘fallen’, innocence-destroyed, Garden-of-Eden-abandoned human condition.)
No wonder then that the great psychoanalyst R.D. Laing wrote that while the ‘desperately urgently required project for our time—[is] to explore the inner space and time of consciousness…We are so out of touch with this realm [living in such fearful denial in our conscious mind of the issue of the human condition] that many people can now argue seriously that it does not exist. It is very small wonder that it is perilous indeed to explore such a lost realm’! (The Politics of Experience and The Bird of Paradise, 1967, p.105 of 156; also, see more of this quote from Laing in ).
Indeed, writing specifically about the all-important, human-race-saving challenge of ‘the enlightenment or ignorance of our human condition’, the great Greek philosopher Plato long ago warned that when someone tries to take us out of the dark ‘cave’ where he said we’ve had to ‘take refuge’ from the ‘painful’ ‘light’ that makes ‘visible’ ‘the imperfections of human life’, that we ‘would much object’—even predicting that some ‘would say that his [the person who attempts to deliver understanding to the human condition] visit to the upper world had ruined his sight [they would treat him as mad], and that the ascent [out of the cave] was not worth even attempting. And if anyone tried to release them and lead them up, they would kill him if they could lay hands on him’! (The Republic, c.360 BC; tr. H.D.P. Lee, 1955, or see the relevant section with quotes highlighted at ).
Thankfully, we live in more civilised times, but Plato’s point is clear: the temptation to ferociously vilify, maliciously misrepresent and wilfully fabricate evidence against carefully considered, argued, evidenced and authoritatively supported scientific analysis of that most ‘precious in the life of the mind’ holy ‘grail’ of ‘science’ of ‘understanding the human condition’ (as Wilson described it) produces a crisis point in the human journey where extreme prejudice and persecution does threaten to shut down crucial enquiry and progress—which clearly has to be resisted.
Certainly, during the 1990s and early 2000s, the World Transformation Movement and its supporters, in particular its founding directors, Jeremy and the twice-honoured Order of Australia recipient, mountaineer and biologist Tim Macartney-Snape AM OAM, were the subject of several highly defamatory media attacks orchestrated by a fundamentalist minister of the Uniting Church, Reverend David Millikan. As pointed out, this vilification had to be, and was, strongly resisted, and in the civilised way our society prescribes, namely through the law courts in what was then the biggest defamation case in Australia’s history against two of Australia’s biggest media institutions, including the national public broadcaster.
When an absurd cυlt accusation and litany of outrageously dishonest fabrications and misrepresentation of us and our work were publicly broadcast across Australia in 1995, the World Transformation Movement (then called the Foundation for Humanity’s Adulthood) and its founding directors Jeremy and Tim successfully sued the publishers for defamation. Ultimately, these publications were completely discredited by a series of public apologies and official rulings that found what was said was ‘inaccurate’, ‘partial’, ‘unbalanced’, ‘untrue’, lacked ‘fairness’, not produced ‘in good faith’ and was ‘not justified’, with the ABC being ordered to pay almost $1.5 million in damages and costs. It was clearly, as magazine summarised, a ‘hatchet job’.
The fight-back against the fear campaign of persecution culminated in a 2010 judgment, the most revealing part of which, in terms of what Plato predicted, was the following, in which the NSW Court of Appeal, led by his Honour Justice David Hodgson, unanimously overturned an earlier lower Court finding about Jeremy’s scientific synthesis on the basis that it did ‘not adequately consider’ ‘the nature and scale of its subject matter’, in particular ‘that the work was a grand narrative explanation from a holistic approach, involving teleological elements’, and that other important submissions ‘were not adequately considered by the primary judge’, including that the work can make ‘those who do take the trouble to grapple with it uncomfortable’ because it ‘involves reflections upon subject-matter including the purpose of human existence which may, of its nature, cause an adverse reaction as it touches upon issues which some would regard as threatening to their ideals, values or even world views’. Essentially, what the program said about Jeremy’s work was found to be ‘not justified’, the court recognising his work as being serious, albeit heretical, ‘teleological’ science. As Tim Macartney-Snape explained in some detail in that the WTM ran to announce and explain this momentous vindication (see below), the idea that there is teleological, goal-directed change is an anathema to all but the most progressive scientists because it confronts humans with the historically unbearable issue of the human condition.
Yes, ‘reflections upon’ the human condition can be extremely ‘threatening’ for some people, but that doesn’t justify malicious misrepresentation and persecution of a rigorously argued and evidenced scientific analysis of that most ‘precious in the life of the mind’ holy ‘grail’ of ‘science’ of ‘understanding the human condition’.
It is worth noting that Justice Hodgson, who wrote the unanimous Court of Appeal decision referred to in the above paragraphs, was a Rhodes Scholar, a published philosopher and was, according to a former Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia, ‘one of the finest judges who ever graced a court in this country’ (). Indeed, in his 4 September 2012 obituary in The Sydney Morning Herald, Justice Hodgson was described ‘from an early age’ as having ‘been fascinated by what went on inside the head that gave rise to conscious experience’, and that he was said to be blessed with ‘flawless logic’ and to ‘fit the description of Plato’s “philosopher king”’ (see ).
So the World Transformation Movement has been through that ‘boiling oil’ test of extreme persecution and then scrutiny and was completely vindicated. Further malicious attacks, which do still occur, are just going over what has already been tested and found to be baseless and unjustified—so they are extremely unfair and, given the desperate need to find the reconciling, redeeming and psychologically healing, human-race-saving understanding of the human condition, profoundly irresponsible.
John Stuart Mill, in his seminal 1859 essay On Liberty—a document considered a philosophical pillar of Western civilisation—emphasised this irresponsibility when he wrote, ‘the dictum that truth always triumphs over persecution is one of those pleasant falsehoods which men repeat after one another till they pass into commonplaces, but which all experience refutes. History teems with instances of truth put down by persecution.’
As mentioned, some retaliatory, angry vilification and even outrageously dishonest misrepresentation and fabrication of the World Transformation Movement still occurs—including the suggestion or implication that the WTM is a cυlt.
Cυlts are basically where people give up trying to make sense of reality and its dilemmas and instead defer to some person and/or dogma-based belief system. In contrast, the World Transformation Movement is concerned with providing self-empowering scientific understanding of the dilemmas of life, in particular of the ultimate dilemma of our ‘good and evil’-conflicted human condition. So, the truth—as the court judgment essentially found—is that the work of the World Transformation Movement is the complete opposite of a cυlt, but again, as has been described, such thinking can be unbearable for some people and result in angry, defensive vilification. Moreover, this is why, in all our publications, we particularly caution people with a history of psychological instability or mental illness to be careful to avoid overly studying and confronting analysis of the human condition. Such people are advised to study it only sufficiently to be able to understand and verify its accountability or otherwise, and, if satisfied that it does explain the human condition, to preoccupy themselves supporting it rather than studying it further.
As the Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan advised in his song about the arrival of understanding of the human condition, The Times They Are A-Changin’, ‘your old road is rapidly agein’, please get out of the new one if you can’t lend a hand [support this new paradigm]’ (see ). Christ was actually making the same point when he anticipated the time when ‘the meek [the more innocent/sound/less psychologically upset]…inherit the earth’ (Bible, Matt. 5:5), and when ‘many who are first [the intellectually able] will be last, and many who are last [the psychologically innocent/sound but overly trusting and easily victimised] will be first’ (Matt. 19:30, 20:16; Mark 10:31; Luke 13:30), because the implication is that the more sound have to lead the way to a human-condition-free world. It makes sense; in the old human-condition-stricken world the more intelligent led because we had to find understanding, but in the new human-condition-understood world the more sound lead the way home to the new human-condition-free/sound state. There’s a change of emphasis from IQ [Intelligence Quotient] to EQ [Emotional Quotient]—as Dylan said, ‘the times they are a’changin’’.
The World Transformation Movement is a completely open and transparent organisation with a comprehensive website at where there is a great range of books, publications and audio-visual material available to be viewed or downloaded that we encourage everyone to explore so as to reach your own conclusions about the veracity and importance of the work of the WTM.
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For further reading about the outrageous, reverse-of-the-truth lie that the World Transformation Movement is a cυlt, and our successful vindication in the courts, see for a summary of our successful legal action, and the essay on our website. Another relevant WTM essay is . Also, as has been mentioned, is particularly relevant.
and , which are about the arrival of truth day or exposure day or ‘Judgment Day’, are also extremely relevant in terms of understanding why there has been persecution of the WTM. And the limitations of mechanistic science, and why it ignores, even attacks, Jeremy Griffith and his ‘instinct vs intellect’ explanation of the human condition, are explained in and .
And finally, we also recommend reading about the more upset having to support rather than study understanding of the human condition when it arrives, and on how to become transformed and free of the human condition.