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Conversations on the Edge of the Apocalypse: Contemplating the Future With Noam Chomsky, George Carlin, Deepak Chopra, Rupert Sheldrake, and Othersby David Jay Brown
Synopses & Reviews
In his latest interview collection, David Jay Brown has once again gathered some of the most interesting minds of today to consider the future of the human race, the mystery of consciousness, the evolution of technology, psychic phenomena, and more. The book includes conversations with celebrated visionaries and inspirational figures such as Ram Dass, Noam Chomsky, Deepak Chopra, and George Carlin. Part scientific exploration, part philosophical speculation, and part intellectual rollercoaster, the free-form discussions are original and captivating, and offer surprising revelations. Conversations on the Edge of the Apocalpyse is a new look into the minds of some of our groundbreaking leaders and is the perfect gift for science fiction and philosophy fans alike.
"The Big Questions addressed in these hazy, wearisome interviews-Is there a God? Does consciousness survive death?-are the kind of imponderables your Aunt Martha would know as much about as the thinkers showcased here. But these interviewees are more likely than Aunt Martha to invoke 'nonlocality' and 'quantum holography' to give their mysticism a pseudo-scientific gloss. Brown, author of interview collections like Mavericks of the Mind, has a rigid, checklist style of interviewing in which he invites discussion of his pet spiritual and New Age hobbyhorses, including parapsychology and extraterrestrials. Sheldrake, Dean Radin and Apollo-14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, all of the 'Institute of Noetic Sciences,' insist on the 'vast abundance of compelling scientific evidence for psychic phenomena,' while the late Harvard psychiatrist John E. Mack calls the alien abduction phenomenon 'totally real,' although he's 'not sure how it's real-in other words, in what dimension it's occurring.' Brown is especially interested in the interviewees' ubiquitous use of psychedelic drugs for consciousness-raising; predictably, they respond with vague dilations ('psychedelics helped me to see the vastness, the nondimensional, the altered dimensional... a tumbling of awareness,' says medical marijuana activist Valerie Corral) that readers will find an inadequate substitute for dropping acid themselves. Brown also includes some skeptics, like the redoubtable Chomsky and sci-fi novelist Bruce Sterling, who pithily pours cold water on Brown's enthusiasms. On the whole, this is a dull, opaque and implausible commentary. Photos." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
An interview collection with some of the most interesting minds of today, delving into the future of the human race, the mystery of consciousness, the evolution of technology, psychic phenomena, and more.
About the Author
David Jay Brown is the coauthor of two volumes of interviews with leading-edge thinkers-Mavericks of the Mind and Voices from the Edge. He is the author of two science fiction novels, Brainchild and Virus.
Table of Contents
Introduction * Chemistry and the Mindfield--Kary Mullis * Language, Politics and Propaganda--Noam Chomsky * Molecules of Mind and Body--Candace B. Pert * From Outer Space to Inner Space and Beyond--Edgar D. Mitchell * Experiments That Could Change the World--Rupert Sheldrake * Science and Psychic Phenomena--Dean Radin * Alien Encounter Therapy--John E. Mack * Designing Higher Intelligence--Ray Kurzweil * Robots and Children of the Mind--Hans Moravec * Strange Brains & Mathematical Games--Clifford Pickover * Future Cultures and Subcultures--Bruce Sterling * Bio-Media Theory--Douglass Rushkoff * Quantum Sociology & Neuropolitics--Robert Anton Wilson * Napalm, Silly Putty and Human Nature--George Carlin * Realist & Surrealist--Paul Krassner * Raising the I.Q. of the Global Brain--Peter Russell * Quantum Spirituality--Deepak Chopra * Here, Now and Tomorrow--Ram Dass * Medical Freedom and Cannabis Consciousness--Valerie Corral * Environmental Awareness & Interspecies Communication--Julia Butterfly Hill * Magic, Magick and Shamanism--Jeff McBride * Sacred Reflections & Transfigurations--Alex Grey
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