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Upside Down

Cover design & illustrations: Raaya Karas 

Upside Down
Upside Down

Upside Down

Is man the most superior living being on earth, or are simpler creatures actually superior to man?

If survival is the measure of evolutionary success, bacteria and insects far surpass all other life forms. We humans appeared later than other animals and it's not at all clear how long we will last. Throughout the ages, organisms and societies of varying degrees of complexity have arisen. We have been taught to rank simple organisms as inferior and complex ones as superior, but in nature there is no such thing as superior and inferior, or high and low.

In "Upside Down," Priya Hart interweaves three strands – personal anecdotes, scientific studies of animal behavior, and tales from Indian culture – into a unified, unconventional, and memorable picture.

Priya Hart holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in Indian Studies. She is a student of the well known yogi - Swami Venkatesananda, and translator of his books into Hebrew. Priya writes books on yoga and evolution. Among her works are "Guru", and "In One Breath" (Hebrew).

Priya lives with her family in Moshav Beit Zayit in the Jerusalem Hills.


Upside Down was originally published in Hebrew (title : Yitaron Medume"),
Keter Publishing House, Jerusalem, 2001.

Translated to English by Anne Hartstein Pace

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