The evolution of the self

Human consciousness has shifted dramatically over the last 5000 years. Evidence as diverse as prehistoric archeology, ancient social structures and the history of words suggests as much.

In particular, it looks as if our sense of being individual selves is a relatively recent perception. It changes our relationship to nature, the cosmos and gods.

In this conversation, I talk with psychologist and author, Steve Taylor about how our ancestors experienced life differently. We ask what might have caused such changes, what those shifts revealed, and what the evolution of the self might mean for us now.