Kindling Director Peter Schulte is writing a book about humanity’s emergent genius from the first fire to today’s good news. The book – entitled “Genius!: A Story of Humanity’s Ever-Evolving Beauty” – is meant to examine humanity’s shameful, limiting stories about itself and inspire possibility and action for a brighter tomorrow.

You can read drafts of the first few chapters below. To read the entire draft and follow live via Google Docs as Peter updates and refines it (nearly) every day, become a Kindling patron!

Table of Contents (Draft, Incomplete)



Part 1: 

Part 2: Humanity’s Shame, The Old Story

Part 3: Humanity’s Evolution

  • An infant’s expanding mind
  • An adult’s expanding mind
  • Humanity’s expanding mind

Part 4: Humanity’s Genius, The New Story

  • Memes
  • The Spiral
  • Instinct
  • Myth & Ritual
  • Ego
  • Law & Order
  • Science & Reason
  • Pluralism
  • Holism
  • The Unknown

Part 5: Humanity’s Future