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The Future of the Body: Explorations into the Further Evolution of Human Nature
In the oral & written histories of all cultures, there are records of persons who've displayed extraordinary physical, mental & spiritual capacities. In modern times, those records have been supplemented by scientific studies of exceptional functioning. Are metanormal attributes latent within everyone? What's the evidence that all humanity has unrealized capacities...more
Paperback, 785 pages
Published January 1st 1992 by Tarcher/Putnam (NYC)
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I've read this book multiple times since I was a child. It completely redefined how I thought of human evolution. I can't overstate the influence it had on my writing. It's also the reason I publish under the name M Joseph Murphy. There are too many Michael Joseph Murphys writing books. However, no one has written a book like this. An absolute must read for anyone interested in real superpowers.
Sep 22, 2011 Erik Graff rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Murphy fans
Recommended to Erik by: Michael Miley
This book is all over the place. It is presented as an overview of the extraordinary capacities exhibited by some humans and it does that, but it does it without much concern for the quality of the sources, the weight of the evidence of the plausibility of the claim. It is one thing to review research in parapsychology, quite another to accept medieval lives of the saints. Still, where else can one find an extended exposition of the "odor of sanctity" displayed by some corpses?
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A review of the history and empirical data of metanormal human capacities. As well as a map for creating a transformative practice designed to encourage the growth of said metanormal capacities. A fore-runner to Ken Wilber's Integral Movement, Michael Murphy co-founder the Esalen institute in Big Sur, California.
At first I found the girth of the book more inspiring than daunting, but I must admit some intimidation in starting this huge tome. It's length is not regrettable in the slightest, though. It is positively brimming with information and anecdotes that are a wonder to have on hand.
Bestselling author Michael Murphy has been called the father of the human potential movement, one of the most influential movements in twentieth-century American culture. His bestselling book Golf in the Kingdom (1972) inspired the creation of the Shivas Irons Society, a nonprofit group dedicated to finding beauty and discovery through the game of golf, and has recently been adapted into a movie s...moreMore about Michael Murphy...