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Consciousness: The Final Frontier

The Evolutionary Mind: Conversations on Science, Imagination and Spirit by Rupert Sheldrake

Reviewed by Sarah Fox
Rain Taxi

"This volume collects a series of conversations — termed 'trialogues' — which took place over several years between three exceptional thinkers. Though working in different fields — Ralph Abraham is a chaos mathematician and computer graphics pioneer; Terence McKenna (who died in 2000) was a psychedelic explorer, ethnopharmacologist, and time theorist; and Rupert Sheldrake is a biologist who developed the theory of 'morphic resonance' — the three were close friends and shared many common concerns. They moved their private conversations to the public arena in 1989 at the request of the Esalen Institute in California, and over the years they met frequently at various locations, resulting in the first trialogue volume, Chaos, Creativity, and Cosmic Consciousness. This second volume, sadly, will be the last of the published trialogues due to the untimely 'departure from the corporeal plane' of McKenna, the group's obvious Firekeeper...." Read the entire Rain Taxi review.

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One Response to "Consciousness: The Final Frontier"

    Roger Moseley January 7th, 2007 at 5:25 pm

    I was astonished by the laudatory review by Sarah Fox. Even though "perhaps intellectuals of this magnitude really do talk with such remarkable fluidity" and are "erudite, achingly articulate (sic) and entirely focused" I cannot bring myself to read this book. When I read a quotation that there is "a universal attractor, and we represent a concrescence of complexity that is truly transcendental" I know this is most generously described as... obscurantist nonsense. Better, no sense. Throw in a few "fractals, psychic pets...psychedelic revival...open to the potential for intersection" and you're on the way to lunacy. I don't mean to offend, but that kind of thinking and writing really bothers me. An author has a responsibility to be intellectually honest to the reader, and this review seems to describe a book that fails in that requirement.

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