Reading this book is like setting a stone under running water and hoping to see a change. Water is absolutely different than a stone and this book isReading this book is like setting a stone under running water and hoping to see a change. Water is absolutely different than a stone and this book is absolutely different than anything I've encountered before. I know that when I finish it, my thoughts will change and I will have a better grasp on reality.
The premise is simple: the founders of western thought (pre-Socratic philosophers) were actually shaman and we're ignoring their full legacy by looking only at their logic. The premise is not what makes this book unique, its been said before by Plato, neo-Platonists, and any school of thought that leans toward the mystical.
What makes this book unique is Kingsely's scholarship. He has archeological and linguistic evidence. He can read the Greek texts without adulterating them. He has facts, where everyone before had stories.
However, it is tedious. Each chapter is the same, but somewhat different. Its a slow reading and rereading of ancient texts. If I were a stronger reader, I'd finish this book, but I'm not. I suspect that even though the premise is simple and the scholarship strong, the true message of the book is harder to grasp. I can intellectually see that those who helped from my intellectual environment were shaman, but a mere intellectual understanding seems like a dishonor to their mystical legacy. Perhaps the tedium of this book is a meditation to help open the mind to that legacy. ...more