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Arnie Benn book covers, Evolutionology, The Intrepid: Dawn of The Interstellar Age, The Animal In The Mirror


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I am an author of both science fiction & non-fiction:

  • Science fiction that is not only designed to be fun and engaging, but scientifically accurate as well.

  • Non-fiction about human survival instinct, psychology, and our consequent human behavior.

Thank you for considering my work. I believe it to be a contribution worthy of my time, and I hope, of yours as well.

Evolving beyond our emotional programming

Survival instinct determines our thought, emotion, & behavior:

    our relationships, religion, money, politics, parenting, free will, sex,

    ... and even our science.

Conscious evolution allows us to transcend it.



ISBN 979-8-8536-2283-8 (paperback)

ISBN 979-8-8546-6510-0 (hardcover)

"The single most important book to read if you want to understand why

and how you feel what you feel.  'Life-changing' is an understatement."

— New York Times bestselling author Michael Levin

The Animal In The Mirror  is about why we think and behave the way we do.  It is about what our emotions really represent, and how and why they influence our actions so much more than logic and reason.

It can be extremely empowering to know just how and where our thinking, as individuals and as a species, is guided by our survival instinct rather than our intelligence. Not only real free will but also the path to a better future leads through the gateway of this realization. The extent to which we remain oblivious to it is the extent to which our lives and world will continue to manifest dysfunction, and our progress will remain unnecessarily slow and painful.

This book is also about how we might strive to transcending our biological programming, and to accelerate our conscious evolution, as individuals and as a global community.


Topics covered (and explained) include:

  • Religion: why we choose it, what it does for us, what the difference is between religious and spiritual, and why that matters.

  • Men & Women: why we choose the partner we choose, and why we act and react the way we do in our relationships.

  • Politics: why we choose the side we choose, and why we think the other side is ignorant, wrong, or even evil (when they are not).

  • Depression, Substance (Ab)use & Happiness: what depression really is, why we use and abuse substances, and how to see a way beyond it.

  • Science: what is and what is not scientific, and how we prevent science from being corrupted by our politics and other biases.

  • Animals: the degree to which animals are capable of feeling, and what that means.

  • Sexuality: the instinctive nature of our sexual thinking and how it manifests dysfunction in our lives and relationships.

  • Parenting & Children: how to parent in a healthy way and how our instinct undermines that tendency.

  • Education & Teaching: how to teach towards wisdom and an empowered future, and how our instinct limits our thinking.

  • Bigotry & Racism: where they come from, instinctively, why they occur in even good people, and how to get beyond them.

  • and more…



The Animal In The Mirror

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The non-fiction self-help book The Animal In The Mirror by Arnie Benn is coming soon.

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"Revolutionary in its clarity, calmness, simplicity, and undeniable. Arnie Benn's book, and his TED Talk, cut to the core of how we act and why we act. I've watched his TED Talk dozens of times. And I agree with everything he says there and in this book. No one on earth understands the human animal better."

— New York Times bestselling author Michael Levin



The Power Of Knowing How People Work


Our Instinct, Behavior, & Emotional Intelligence (A Practical Guide)


ISBN-13: 978-1522815075​



Evolutionology describes how our survival instinct actually works, how it makes us think and behave, and how to regain control.

Seeing this is a necessary first step in order to increase our emotional intelligence and evolve consciously. Until we do, our inner animal will continue holding the reins and controlling our thoughts and actions, and we will continue to congratulate ourselves on our superiority and correctness, even as our lives and world simmer in quiet desperation around us. Most of us are reacting, not choosing — thinking instinctively and declaring it intelligent.


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Reviews of the non-fiction self-help book Evolutionology: The Power Of Knowing How People Work by Arnie Benn

"The book is really outstanding.  Very, very smart, well researched, and I love the humor and personal touches.  I read multiple books at the same time but your book 'took over'."

— Dr Leslie Kelman, Neurologist

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