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Chaos, Creativity and Cosmic Consciousness

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Three of the most original thinkers of our time explore issues that call into question our current views of reality, morality, and the nature of life.

• A wide-ranging investigation of the ecology of inner and outer space, the role of chaos theory in the dynamics of human creation, and the rediscovery of traditional wisdom.

In this book of "trialogues," the late psychedeli
Paperback, 208 pages
Published November 1st 2001 by Park Street Press
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May 29, 2015 rated it liked it
This book was an interesting conversation between Rupert Sheldrake, Ralph Abraham and Terence McKenna about chaos theory, physics, psychedelics, creativity, the earth, mythology etc. Some of it was super "out there" but I enjoyed it. They seemed to sort go in to la la land towards the end, which was why I gave it 3 stars.(which means "I liked it" so really not a bad rating) Some interesting ideas were presented in a smart way and I enjoyed being the fly on the wall for the conversation.
Jan 22, 2009 rated it it was ok
Given that three such brilliant thinkers, one of whom (McKenna) is my personal intellectual hero, contributed to a single book, I assumed that it was a guaranteed good read. What I failed to consider is the format that such a book requires, and the reason such a format is rarely employed. The trialogue is digressive, unpatterned, and remains relatively surface-level on the issues in question. While there are genuine insights in this book on many subjects, only very few of these felt 'new'. I fou ...more
Savvas Katseas
Feb 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction, religion
Ίσως να το εκτιμούσα πολύ περισσότερο σε άλλη φάση της ζωής μου, αλλά στην παρούσα ο "τριάλογος" αυτός ανάμεσα σε Sheldrake (βιολόγος), Abraham (μαθηματικός) και McKenna (σαμανολόγος) περί μορφογενετικών πεδίων, χάους και συνειδητότητας αντίστοιχα, κι από εκεί σε οποιαδήποτε τζιριμάντζουλο αλατοπιπεριασμένο με φλικιφλόκα και αραχνοΰφαντο πλούτσκακα μου προκαλεί ανία εις την ΘΑΠΑΡΩΤΟΠΡΙΟΝΙ.

Δεν είναι πως δεν προσπάθησα -- προσπάθησα. Το έπαιρνα μαζί μου και στο χέσιμο και σε μακρινά δρομολόγια με
Dec 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
An interesting series of conversations among three intellectual bedfellows (only one of which I think is unlikely). Most of the earlier conversation is driven by Sheldrake while the later few chapters are driven by McKenna and digress a bit into endless droning on about the amazingness of psychedelics. Ignoring these parts, the conversations had a few salient and interesting points concerning philosophical interpretations of attractors, the concept of creode, creativity, and evolution which have ...more
S Suzanne
Oct 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Lively conversation with 3 fascinating thinkers. I have read other work by Terence M and Rupert Sheldrake, and I find their ideas inspirational. Even if I don't always agree, and I don't think they follow some things down, I just think I wish I were there, too, speculating with them.

Ms. Peach
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An amazing and mind blowing book. Anyone who is creative, interested in neuroscience, and/or all things cosmic would dig this one. Just finished it and started it up again. Read this fucker!
Apr 14, 2008 rated it liked it
What a zany bunch! I will go along with morphic fields, but, Rupert, you are stretching my loyalty here.
Mahipal Lunia
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful trialoge between three genius' of our time
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book to read around The Archetype of Information and Secret Cipher of the UFOnauts if you are looking for a good well rounded month or so of reading. These three books glue themselves together through a current of archetypes of consciousness, the unknown void, hidden knowledge of the universe, and what we can do to enrich the lives of those around us. The conversations in this book are deep and multi leveled, begging for repeat readings. My only regrets about it are that i w ...more
Dave Collins
Sep 20, 2020 rated it did not like it
Revised title: Sophistry, Bullshit and Cosmic Nonsense.

If you are looking for baseless assertion after baseless assertion followed by rampaging masturbatory speculation, you are in the right place.

This books makes a better case against taking psychedelics than any war on drugs propaganda.
The ultimate risk being ending up like these clowns.

I did laugh at the lip service paid to the "dissolution of the ego" being uttered in a book that is entirely in service of the author's ego. But, isn't tha
Alexandra Matinez
May 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting point of view. Chaos as a concept, was very nicely explained, however everything regarding creativity was related to psychedelic experiences. Did not appreciate the bashing on science in chapter 9, nor do I believe the world needs more religious rituals with psychedelics. Interesting points on education and a new education system
Apoorv Gupta
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For the purpose I went into the book, which was to amplify the thoughts that are deep or far in the field of societal experiential knowledge, I felt satisfied.
I have enjoyed some of the best thinking sessions along with reading parts of their conversations. Maybe their intent to include the fourth person in the ride was easy to come for me.
Terence's mind still a mystery to me though!
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Informative, thought-provoking conversations documented here. Three of the most brilliant minds of our times throwing around ideas.
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: well-being
Fascinating, poetic and noetic.
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: psychonaut
Though generally dismissed as pseudoscientific, this discussion of novelty and chaos theory between three well-educated friends is enjoyable. They cover several complicated theories and support or questions one anothers' as the talk develops.
Apr 26, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: scientist with an open mind
Shelves: meta-physics
I liked certain chapters that were more suited to my right brain. It appeared that the authors were speaking in "new science" (adopting scientific terminology to form a methodology for "non-scientific" conscious, which really needs to be done, however their use of scientific vocabulary wasn't suited to my mindset. Still looking for a more right brained, "science-like" explanation (lay-talk), that I can connect with.
Oct 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Transcription of conversations by three unique minds on the relationship between chaos, creativity and consciousness. I especially like the idea for seeding the universe with life via spores of human consciousness.
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Simply brilliant stuff.
Tadas Talaikis
Nov 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: probabilities
Sad, but it's fake. Strikes off importance of understanding of probability theory.

Charles Wilson
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
If this book doesn't get your mind excited, nothing will.
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Rupert Sheldrake is a biologist and author of more than 80 scientific papers and ten books. A former Research Fellow of the Royal Society, he studied natural sciences at Cambridge University, where he was a Scholar of Clare College, took a double first class honours degree and was awarded the University Botany Prize. He then studied philosophy and history of science at Harvard University, where he ...more

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