Coming Into Being: Artifacts and Texts in the Evolution of Consciousness
In his best-selling The Time Falling Bodies Take to Light, William Irwin Thompson intrigued readers with his thoughts on mythology and sexuality. In his newest book, Coming Into Being: Artifacts and Texts in the Evolution of Consciousness, he takes the reader on a journey through the evolution of consciousness from the preverbal communications of early stone carvings, to t...more
Paperback, 284 pages
Published June 15th 1998 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade
(first published 1996)
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William Irwin Thompson is an important contemporary critic and poet. His work is clearly influenced by an eclectic group of historically important 20th century and contemporary theorists, including: the integral yoga of Sri Aurobindo and Mirra Alfassa, the process theory of Alfred North Whitehead, the anthroposophy of Rudolf Steiner and Owen Barfield, the archytypal psychology of C.G. Jung, the cultural phenomenology of Jean Gebser, the still-avant garde novels of James Joyce, the proto-cybernet...more
William Irwin Thompson is an amazingly poetic cultural historian. He is a modern mystic, and his aside re comparison of Jean Gebser and Ken Wilber is worth reading the book alone. As with all his work, his assessment of mythology and the evolution of consciousness is breathtaking.