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Super Consciousness: The Quest for the Peak Experience

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History is laced with examples of individuals who have experienced states of powerfully heightened awareness. Known as Peak Experiences (PEs), these periods of extreme mental, emotional, and creative invigoration have often resulted in great achievements. Bestselling author Colin Wilson has long pursued the nature of PEs, and here are the results of his 40-year investigati ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 5th 2009 by Watkins (first published January 1st 2007)
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May 21, 2014 Chris rated it liked it
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Super Consciousness: The Quest for the Peak Experience is the first book I've read by Colin Wilson. I was intrigued from the beginning by his descriptions of 'peak experiences' along with the account of Maslow's students' experiencing such experiences more frequently as they described them to one another.

At first glance, I felt Wilson was a bit all over the map, jumping from Nietzsche to the Romantic era, Samuel Beckett and the nihilists to the occult and the Sphinx. However, with a closer look
Mar 23, 2013 Kenneth rated it really liked it
I've been a devoted reader of Wilson since my teen years, and recently sought his most recent book to see where his explorations into the nature of consciousness had brought him after all these decades. Recommended as an easily digestible summation of his thought and researches.
Aug 11, 2013 Todd rated it it was amazing
Colin Wilson is an amazing intellect. He has the ability to pull together sources from across disciplines and centuries and put them together in novel ways.
May 30, 2011 Ard rated it liked it
In my twenties I read about every book I could find of this author. I was especially thrilled about his ideas about psychology, philosophy and criminology. "Superconsciousness" is about higher states of consciousness, how people usually take their states of minds for granted because they don't realise that these states are intentional. Our gloomy or depressed moods don't necessarily overcome us - we allow them to happen, because we feel that's just the way it is and there's nothing we can do abo ...more
I enjoyed this book, but it was more academic than instructional, covering western philosophical thought and visiting historical literature rather than guiding the reader towards achieving peak experiences, which was not what I was expecting. Having studied some philosophy myself, I occasionally felt that Colin Wilson glided over some theories and dismissed them in a rather cursory way. I suppose this is inevitable in a book trying to cover so much, but it irritated me. Why spend half a chapter ...more
Graham Cope
May 04, 2012 Graham Cope rated it really liked it
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I like Wilson's works, and this is probably my favourite one of his. It is so positive and acts a bit like a summary of all of his ideas.
Matthew Young
Aug 07, 2011 Matthew Young rated it it was amazing
This book is an interesting look at the capabilities of the human mind. According to Wilson, the mind is capable of far more than what our five senses tell us. In fact, these senses work against us by severely limiting our perspective of the true world.

The book concludes with a sort of how-to manual for achieving super consciousness. Wilson claims that with a bit of effort, you can induce this hyper-awareness at will and become aware of far more than what we usually experience. This must be ach
Nov 17, 2009 Richard rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy, mind
My mind can influence the world around me. Effort and attentiveness can shake us out of the "robot" mode of living and into intentional glorious life. Activities that challenge the mind lead to a better consciousness over mindlessly doing something. The "intentional doing" does not have to be something "big". Just concentrate driving the car or walking rather than just "mindlessly" doing anything.

There are 7 levels of "consciousness", 0. deep sleep 1. dream consciousness 2. merely awake 3. nause
Wendy 'windmill'

I am devowering Wilson's work! An exceptional writer & thinker who has a wonderful way of collecting all the exceptional thoughts of the great minds of the past
Rashad Raoufi
its a very intersting book, its more into philsophy of being postive thinker than how to achieve what the title,its nota diy manual its more off a ramble on how it can be achived and is possible, its laden with the author immense knowledge on philisophy and literature and history. still its very interesting to read.
Randy Cauthen
A DIY manual for achieving and sustaining Maslow's "peak experience."
jo mary

A life-changing
Experience .owe much to Colin Wilson a.d his unending quest for higher knowledge,thanx from a fellow pilgrims
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Colin Henry Wilson was born and raised in Leicester, England, U.K. He left school at 16, worked in factories and various occupations, and read in his spare time. When Wilson was 24, Gollancz published The Outsider (1956) which examines the role of the social 'outsider' in seminal works of various key literary and cultural figures. These include Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, Ernest Hemingway, Her ...more
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