Coming into Being

Coming into Being : Artifacts and Texts in the Evolution of Consciousness

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The author of this book takes the reader on a journey through the evolution of consciousness from the preverbal communications of early stone carvings, to the writings of Marcel Proust, around the monumental wrappings of Christo and up to the rebirth of interest in the Taoist philosophy of Lao Tzu.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 284 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 24mm | 509g
  • Palgrave MacMillan
  • Basingstoke, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0333741803
  • 9780333741801

Table of contents

Foreword Our Contemporary Predicament and Our Present Evolution of Consciousness The Past Evolution of Consciousness: From Spirochete to Spinal Chord Science and the Construction of Mythic Narratives About Human Origins Weird Myths About Human Origins: The Strange Cases of Zecharia Sitchin and Rudolph Steiner Prehistoric Sculptures: The Body as the Story of Time From Prehistoric Sculpture to Folktale to Civilized Literature The Hero Versus the Initiate in the Masculine Encounter with Death The Patriarchal Construction of Culture and the Reimagination of the Female Body The Shift From the Arithmatic to the Geometric Mentality The Alliance of the Animal and the Human in the Expulsion of the Demonic From the Physical World The Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita The Road Not Taken: Chaos Dynamics and the Cosmic Feminine in the Tao Te Ching Notes Indexshow more

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'wide-ranging and deep essays...Thompson [is] an orthodox, adventurous thinker.' - Publishers Weekly 'Rich, provocative, demanding, and compelling.' - Booklist 'William Irwin Thompson tosses off in a paragraph ideas which some writers might find suitable for a full-length book.' - The Seattle Timesshow more

Author information

WILLIAM IRWIN THOMPSON is the author of At the Edge of History, The Time Falling Bodies Take to Light and Imaginary Landscapes.show more

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