From Nothing to Now

Non-Fiction - Inspirational
270 Pages
Reviewed on 09/20/2017
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Author Biography

At age 28, Brett had an unexpected and life-changing mystical experience. The last 30 years have been seen him integrating and experimenting with the information revealed at that time. He has a creative background in the design and film industry, and is also a successful business owner. Brett currently lives in the country with his adored wife and various pets. He is passionate about creating the right conditions for people to find their purpose in life, contribute to the whole, and help generate a functional and joyous world.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite

Humans: From Nothing to Now by Brett Ashcroft Harrison is a book that combines knowledge from a variety of disciplines — spirituality, philosophy, history, science, anthropology, and more — to redefine the place that humanity has in the universe. The book explores the conundrum of the origins of the universe and man’s ultimate purpose in it. As one reads this book, one immediately understands that nothing is here by chance. In this book, readers find answers to some of the very serious questions they ask, questions that touch on the ultimate reason of their being here, universal consciousness, the purpose of human life. Most importantly, the reader will understand man’s ultimate call to embrace and protect life. In today’s changing and challenging times, the author maintains that understanding the reason why we are here is the key to protecting our universe.

Brett Ashcroft Harrison’s writing is very perceptive and it addresses the heart of humankind in a powerful way. The reader is introduced to a fresh and more human way of looking at existence and of interpreting phenomena. The writing is simple and it won’t be difficult for the ordinary reader to grasp its message. Humans: From Nothing to Now is a book that will appeal to a very wide audience, and both philosophers and scientists, anthropologists and moralists will find useful information in this book. The book offers numerous ideas for discussion and reflection and readers can’t fail to notice the impassioned call to embrace a holistic, more conscious way of connecting with the universe. You will not look at life and the world around you in the same way after reading this book.

Gisela Dixon

Humans: From Nothing to Now by Brett Ashcroft Harrison is a non-fiction book that delves into many philosophical questions and ultimately is Brett’s discussion and thoughts on the universe and human beings. The book is divided roughly into two sections: the first section talks about the origin of the universe and draws upon the fields of science, metaphysics, astronomy, physics, mathematics, philosophy, etc. to present many thoughts and findings on the emergence of the universe, how and why it came into being, the mechanics behind it, and the role consciousness may play in it. The second section of the book deals with the question of human life on earth and how it fits into the bigger scheme of things, individual consciousness, concepts such as karma and enlightenment, human emotion, ego, the heights and depths of the human mind, how humans can learn to control and master their selves, and much more.

I found Humans: From Nothing to Now by Brett Ashcroft Harrison to be very thought-provoking and interesting. I liked that Brett writes from an honest “layperson” point of view—by that I mean, as someone without any formal or rigorous knowledge in any particular area of science—and comes across as genuine and engaging. The writing style is conversational and I was quite impressed with the breadth of his knowledge, spanning fields such as quantum theory and astronomy to philosophy and spirituality. I liked the first section more than the second one, due to its overall arch rather than the focus on humans in the second half, but that’s just me and that does not detract in any way from the writing or the book itself. This is a wonderful read for anyone interested in further exploring the universe from outside and within.

Grant Leishman

Now, let’s be honest – at some time or another, we’ve probably all felt we had this weird thing called life all figured out, only to be slapped down and reminded what specks of nothingness we really are in this great cosmos. Well, Brett Ashcroft Harrison not only thinks he knows the meaning of life and indeed the origins of life, he’s gone and written it all down in a book – Humans : From Nothing to Now. Harrison doesn’t hold back anything; this truly is the Every man's definitive guide to the Theory of Everything. The author takes us from the tiny dot that contains everything and nothing that was the beginning of our universe all the way through to why we are here, what our role is in the cosmos, and what the future may hold for us. The point to note here is that Harrison has no pretensions to being a theoretical physicist, or a Stephen Hawking – he is actually a design engineer and yet he has created this amazing Theory of Everything, that if nothing else, is worth reading just for the sheer balls of the author to challenge the existing scientific status quo.

I admit, physics was never my forte at school and I found myself totally at sea with some of Brett Ashcroft Harrison’s explanations as to how the universe was formed. I know he tried hard to put things in layman’s terms, but much of that still went straight over this reader’s head (It’s okay – I don’t understand the Big Bang Theory, either). I found the second half of the book to be more engaging on a personal level than the first. The author’s description of the purpose of humanity and the individual’s role within that purpose drew on some concepts I was familiar with and agreed with, but other aspects really challenged my thinking and made me look deeper at my own motivations, which I’m sure was the general purpose. Humans: From Nothing to Now is well worth the effort of reading. We should always be looking for other, plausible theories on life and this is an interesting view on Everything by one man.

Romuald Dzemo

Humans: From Nothing to Now by Brett Ashcroft Harrison is an inspirational, nonfiction book that offers a fresh and powerful perspective on the question of existence, of the history of humankind, and it answers the philosophical question: “Why am I here?” This is a book that looks at the history of the world from its beginning, exploring possibilities that the universe with all it contains isn’t accidental. The author looks through the history of creation and the evolution of the world till this day and underlines powerful points that corroborate the fact that the world is created for a reason and that humankind has a powerful role to play in it. Combining scientific knowledge with philosophical insights and spiritual truths, the author helps readers understand the call to redefine humankind in relation to their connection with the universe.

In Humans: From Nothing to Now, the author writes: “Therefore, there is absolutely no reason at all to suggest that the development of the universe, the human body, and our appearance as creative individuals is any different — there would be one story that is essentially true.” Brett Ashcroft Harrison helps readers rediscover their personal story in the history of humanity, giving them the wisdom to embrace their responsibility towards their growth and the universe, especially in these challenging times when the world is undergoing great crisis. The writing is very conversational and accessible and readers will have no difficulty grasping the message of the book. This is very timeless and very inspiring. It’s a book that everyone needs to read, because we all need a new consciousness to preserve the sacredness of our life and the universe we inhabit.

K.J. Simmill

Humans: From Nothing to Now is a thought provoking read by Brett Ashcroft Harrison. Since man was first able to ask questions they have sought answers. Some theories began simply, before Galileo's theory of heliocentrism, looking at the movement of the stars and sun. People thought all things revolved around the Earth. It was only when more questions were asked that we looked beyond what we, at that time, thought to be fact, and discovered a different truth, another way to look at the same picture and get a different story. The more this is done the more we learn. Some ideas may be proven, others rejected, but every thought explored brings us closer to the truth. Proving something isn't can be as important as proving it is, and both can lead to new and interesting ideas. And that is precisely what this book is; a new and interesting idea. This book will open your eyes to new possibilities and the theory is presented passionately and discussed well.

While openly honest about not being qualified in physics, cosmology, philosophy, psychology, or any other what you would class as subject matter, which would make someone want to write a book such as Humans, Brett Ashcroft Harrison has, in fact, the most fundamental and important tools at his disposal; a thirst for understanding and imagination. The first people to begin the exploration into physics were not physicists, but rather people who used their minds to ask questions and explore possibilities, and were recognised retrospectively for the work they did. There's a lot of history in this book, walking the reader through old theories and the adaptation of thinking before asking them to take it a step further into the core of who they are. This is a very intelligent and thought provoking read, and one I enjoyed wholeheartedly.

John Staughton

For readers hungering for a mind-expanding dip into new philosophical explorations, Humans: From Nothing to Now by Brett Ashcroft Harrison is an ideal read.

Delving into some of the most complex and stymying questions known to us, this book is not for the faint of heart, but it is also written in terms that anyone can understand. Rather than taking a scientific or religious approach, Harrison tries to explain profound truths through a new avenue – the perspective of human achievement and discovery.

From quantum mechanics and primal brain development to humanity’s penchant for artistic expression and the spark of life itself, this book will challenge what you already know, and shine a light into corners you might not have even considered.

Most impressively, the book is written in easy-to-understand terms, with clearly laid out arguments that are easy to follow, yet doesn’t talk down to the reader. The two main parts of the book are brilliantly juxtaposed, with each informing and supporting the other.

To create a new manual for humanity’s understanding of itself is an incredibly tall task, and while there are certain holes in Harrison’s overarching theory, the book overall is eye-opening and persuasive. Importantly, while the writing is informative, and seems to suggest answers, it doesn’t veer into proselytizing or preaching, which could have easily undermined the book’s credibility.

Overall, Humans: From Nothing to Now delivers an honest and unbiased opinion on the nature of existence, resulting in an exceptionally rewarding read.

Annemarie M Osborne

Humans: From Nothing to Now is an exceptionally well written book. The author is an outstanding wordsmith and an excellent teacher. I highly recommend the book to anyone who seeks to understand the universe, the evolution of life, and the expansion of consciousness from a both a scientific and metaphysical perspective.

The author takes us on a fascinating adventure down the rabbit hole to consider how humans might have evolved. Drawing upon scientific scholarship, he validates the assumptions he presents with credible evidence. This book requires an inquisitive, open mind and a desire to understand the mysteries of life. It challenges the reader to delve into new ways of interpreting information that has been presented by scientists and scholars.

Anyone who has a fundamentalist view of life based upon religious teachings e.g. faith vs. science, is encouraged not to purchase this book.

I found it provocative and fascinating, it is a book that I intend to re-read and reflect upon for years to come.

Sandy Brennan

I have just finished reading “Humans – From Nothing to Now “by Brett Harrison. I was partly interested in buying this book as from the few reviews received so far, it seems that this work has really polarized opinion! It is always interesting to me when books can produce very strong reactions from readers.

The author presents an entirely new way of looking at the world we live in, how the universe could have begun, and cleverly aligns the scientific portion of the book with personal experience, meaning that a non-scientist like me can easily understand. The style of the book is very conversational and engaging which makes it easy to read, and it also contains some interesting personal story from the author.

For me, the second section of the book is the most interesting, as the principles that are outlined in the first half are applied to looking at a better way of living – and not in a “self-help” or preachy way. The author is unafraid to look at the real visceral topics of human life – love, sex, death etc and some of his insights on these subjects are original and highly illuminating.

Overall, I think that this book would be very appealing to people who are curious, open minded, and looking for some real and workable solutions to some of the dilemmas of modern human life.