PUBLISHED JUNE 2010
One of the most amazing discoveries of modern
times is, we evolved. Not only our bodies, but
also our conscious minds. What kind of process
could do that? And if we found out, could we tap
into that process to make our selves more
Yes we could. That's the premise behind this book. It
introduces an entirely new way of thinking about the self.
What is thinking? Why do we dream? Whatever makes
evolution so creative, can we borrow some of that to make
our own selves more creative?
Paper, handbook size 7x10 inches, Illustrated throughout with drawings and cartoons. 110 pages.
Me and The Genies
A novel of ideas
Humorous romantic novel involving cynical TV executive Henry Lazaard
and beautiful scriptwriter Sung-Tin Chi. At the same time, a novel of ideas
about evolution. Ideal introduction to issues involved in bringing intelligent
design into the classroom. Paper, 220 pages, $14.95 USA, £7.95 UK.
Father, In a Far Distant
Time I Find You
The classic tradition of the Utopian novel is here applied to evolutionary
theory. Combining a broad historical sensibility with respect for the discipline
of scientific discourse. Paper, 202 pages, $21.95 USA, £10.95 UK.
Books exploring the
impact on human nature
of our theories of evolution
Alfred Wallace thought outside the box. He was the co-discoverer,
with Charles Darwin, of the theory of natural selection. Between them,
of course, they ended up creating another box. A few years later
Wallace thought outside that box, too. Natural selection, he argued,
couldn't fully account for human nature, there must be some other
mechanism. To escape the box he and Darwin had created he
ventured as far afield as spiritualism.
In the following books I take up Wallace's quest. I offer them as a
treat for people who, like Wallace, relish out-of-the-box thinking.
Imagine Darwin introducing Galileo to evolution for the first
time. What would this master of maths and logic make of
Darwin's account? Would he be impressed? Turns out, he
isn't. In fact, he decides he can come up with a better theory of
evolution and win for himself fame equal to Darwin's. This 90-minute play is
at the same time a modern comedy about two cranky old men jockeying for
power and a classic philosophical dialogue about one of the major issues of
our day: what does it mean for human nature that we evolved? The play is an
amusing exercise in critical thinking, suitable both for humanities students
with an interest in human nature and a public hungry for some original thinking.
Dialogue between Darwin and Galileo:
“WHAT IT MEANS WE EVOLVED”
Self Improvement Through
a New Approach to Evolution
Re-thinking What it Means We Evolved
Kirkus review: ”Johnston’s contribution to the field is an astonishingly
original one. In a way, his version is deeply Cartesian, haunted by the
interaction between mind and matter, but also grounded in the ordinary
experience of human action. He thoughtfully understands that the quest
for an origin story is not merely a matter of genetic mechanics, but also
tied to the existence of the human self and the values and purposes
that propel that self through a finite life. The commentary is
supplemented by short stories, quirkily constructed around the nature
of human consciousness and agency; for example, one centers on the
famous Turing test.”
A New Framework for Universal Moral Values