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Pain, Sex and Time explores evolution and postulates the possibility and means of a future evolution of the mind. First published in 1939, its philosophy converted a generation of leading thinkers from the scientific worldview to the perspective of the mystics.

Gerald Heard (1889-1971) was a well-known British polymath and science commentator for the BBC. He later toured and lectured prolifically in the United States. Heard wrote thirty-eight books including The Ascent of Humanity, The Social Substance of Religion and A Taste for Honey, a detective story which sold over half a million copies. Referring to Heard’s influence on Western notables, Ellery Queen wrote, “Gerald Heard is the spiritual godfather of this Western movement.”

Aldous Huxley (from his 1939 review of Pain, Sex and Time): “Gerald Heard’s book represents a significant attempt to reinterpret in contemporary terms and in the light of modern knowledge the teachings, practical no less than theoretical, of the traditional religious philosophies...”

Professor Huston Smith, (from his 2004 Foreword to

Pain, Sex and Time): “Overnight, the book in hand converted me from the scientific worldview to the vaster world of the mystics. I applaud the decision to bring this book back into print.”

In this absorbing and provocative book, Gerald Heard shows that a fissure in human consciousness, which has been rapidly widening for 400 years, is the cause of modern man’s tragic dismay. Believing his problem external, when it is really in his own mind, man at last faces a “veritable Copernican revolution” psychologically. Science tells us that man is the only animal capable of continued evolution. It shows further that he can evolve in only one way—mentally. Pain, Sex and Time is then a new outlook, a new promise for the future, a new exploration of those strange and little-known powers of human consciousness of which man is becoming increasingly aware. Harper and Brothers, 1939

Pain, Sex and Time was James Dean’s favorite book.

Pain, Sex and Time has been out of print for 60 years.

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In this reissue of the 1939 Harper edition, an American scholar heralds Heard (1889-1971) a British polymath who influenced such notables as Aldous Huxley. Huxley is quoted as saying that his friend's book: "...represents a significant attempt to reinterpret in contemporary terms...the teachings...of the traditional religious philosophies..." Heard's secretary provides background on Eastern influences on his mystical philosophy. Heard discusses sexual energy as driving evolution of the mind and techniques for expanding consciousness. Pain represents blockage of such advancement.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Pain, Sex and Time explores evolution and postulates the possibility and means of a future evolution for the mind. First published in 1939, its philosophy converted both Aldous Huxley and Huston Smith from the scientific world view to the perspective of the mystics. As Smith says in his foreword, Heard constructs his thesis from an awesome data bank, and even those who do not find the thesis convincing will find the book bristling with obscure scientific and historical facts that keep the pages turning.

Gerald Heard (1889-1971) was a well-known British polymath and science commentator for the BBC. He wrote 38 books, including The Ascent of Humanity and A Taste for Honey, a detective story which sold over half a million copies.

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Referring to Heard's influence on Western notables, Ellery Queen wrote, "Gerald Heard is the spiritual godfather of this Western movement."

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Pain, Sex and Time explores evolution and postulates the possibility and means of a future evolution of the mind

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Gerald Heard was a well-known British polymath in the second quarter of the 20th century. He began his career as science commentator for the BBC, and H. G. Wells was widely quoted as saying that he was the only one he bothered to listen to on the wireless. From there he went on to write the most successful detective story of the day, A Taste for Honey, which sold over half a million copies, an astronomical number in those days. Thirty more books followed including Pain, Sex and Time, The Ascent of Humanity, and The Social Substance of Religion.

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"History may be interpreted as the symptoms of a mental evolution," writes Gerald Heard in PAIN, SEX AND TIME. "Man's civilization is the shadow cast by his evolving consciousness." The evolution of his psyche is the sequel to the evolution of his physique. This mutation in his psyche, in consciousness, is a spiral of ascent, of continuing evolution. He must leap forward or sink.

"In man is a store of evolutionary energy and that energy can give rise to his further, purely psychical evolution. Pain and pleasure, agony and lust, are the two fundamental polar sensations which lie at an equally rudimentary level. Only when this dazing sensationalism is transcended, can consciousness experience sustained intensity of being. This process indicates a possible ending of pain, a possible solving of the problem of sex, and also the possibility of a completely new step in evolution."

By means of "a specific training" this evolutionary change can occur. Then humankind's purpose will be revealed: "The only possible meaning of life is that here, under Time, human consciousness discovers itself. The Universe exists for the emergence and development of free creative consciousness." By this advance in consciousness we, "are able to reinterpret correctly the experience which we call Time and, doing so, we see Reality no longer distorted, but as it is. Then we shall have fulfilled the purpose of our Being, the meaning of evolution," concludes Gerald Heard in PAIN, SEX AND TIME.
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ISBN:
9780974935911
Author:
Heard, Gerald
Publisher:
Monkfish Book Publishing
Foreword by:
Smith, Houston
Foreword:
Smith, Houston
Author:
Smith, Huston
Author:
Smith, Houston
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Spirituality
Subject:
Intellect
Subject:
Spiritual
Subject:
Sexual Instruction
Subject:
Evolutionary Mysticism
Subject:
Social evolution
Subject:
Consciousness
Subject:
Self-Help/Spiritual
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Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Provenance Editions
Series Volume:
A New Outlook on Evo
Publication Date:
October 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

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"Synopsis" by , Pain, Sex and Time explores evolution and postulates the possibility and means of a future evolution for the mind. First published in 1939, its philosophy converted both Aldous Huxley and Huston Smith from the scientific world view to the perspective of the mystics. As Smith says in his foreword, Heard constructs his thesis from an awesome data bank, and even those who do not find the thesis convincing will find the book bristling with obscure scientific and historical facts that keep the pages turning.

Gerald Heard (1889-1971) was a well-known British polymath and science commentator for the BBC. He wrote 38 books, including The Ascent of Humanity and A Taste for Honey, a detective story which sold over half a million copies.

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