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A Secret History of Consciousness

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For the last four centuries, science has tried to account for everything in terms of atoms and molecules and the physical laws they adhere to. Recently, this effort was extended to try to include the inner world of human beings. Gary Lachman argues that this view of consciousness is misguided and unfounded. He points to another approach to the study and exploration of cons ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Lindisfarne Books (first published April 1st 2003)
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Nov 07, 2012 Kristina rated it it was amazing
This book is essential reading for anyone who seeks to understand human consciousness. It is astounding to think that we explore the depths of the ocean and the outer reaches of space without putting a similar effort into exploring the true nature of the human mind. Perhaps I am expecting too much of those who have the resources for such exploration.

Machines may assist in identifying left and right brain, the activity of neurons and so forth, but they will never enlighten our understanding of p
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Feb 19, 2014 Francisca Pageo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
En Una historia secreta sobre la consciencia, Gary Lachman ofrece no solo una larga explicación sobre las concepciones que ha podido tener la consciencia en su ámbito más espiritual y esotérico, sino que también hace una llamada de atención a diversos aspectos procedentes de ella que hemos dejado de lado y no hemos podido ni sabido ver a lo largo de los siglos. Está claro que la consciencia no es sólo algo que ¿debe? ser estudiado científicamente, sino que también debe ser experimentado para hac ...more
Jan 02, 2012 Matt rated it it was amazing
I'd been looking for "Secret History" for a while--it's been out of print and used copies go for more than you'd expect. So I was pretty excited to discover a Kindle version had been released.

Lachman is a challenging writer, assuming the reader is willing to keep up as he mixes metaphysics with anthropology, psychology, and philosophy. Stick with "Secret History" and you'll be rewarded with a kaleidoscope that offers colorful new ways of looking at humanity and its history. It almost certainly w
Jul 27, 2016 Raúl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Una obra magnífica acerca de como ha evolucionado el pensamiento sobre el fenómeno de la Consciencia a lo largo de la historia. Imprescindible. Si os gustó "Breve historia de todas las cosas" de Ken Wilber esta obra es lectura una obligada.
Aug 12, 2008 Chris rated it it was amazing
Gary Lachman!!!!! crying out in the empty canyon of my mind!
Steve Greenleaf
I enjoy reading Gary Lachman. There are several reasons that I think explain this. First, were born only a few years apart so we grew up in the same general cultural milieu of the United States in the 60’s and 70’s, although he grew up in New Jersey as opposed my more culturally conservative small-town Iowa. He was brought up as a Catholic, although he walked away from the Church as a teenager. Finally, despite a very successful career as a Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame member of the band Blondie, h ...more
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A thorough & excellent read! Gary Lachman is a Great thinker of our time. Along with Colin Wilson, anyone who wants to understand consciousness & the mind, these are the people\books to read!
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Nov 11, 2013 Kingsley L. Dennis rated it it was amazing
A wonderful, clear and concise of Lachman's best, in my opinion - although more for the concerned and interested reader interested in the evolution of human consciousness.
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Gary Lachman is an American writer and musician. Lachman is best known to readers of mysticism and the occult from the numerous articles and books he has published.
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