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Coming Into Being: Artifacts and Texts in the Evolution of Consciousness

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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 St. Martin's Griffin (first published 1996)
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Jan Höglund
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a fascinating book where William Irwin Thompson, as a cultural historian, provides a perspective on the evolution of consciousness based on ancient artifacts and texts. The view he provides is sometimes breathtaking as he looks at the texts from the point of view of millennia. Once these texts are seen together, they become a hypertext description of our contemporary situation. Here we encounter the historical roots of our crises. In our beginning is our end. We are still playing out the ...more
Hwalmer Walmer
Jul 25, 2009 rated it liked it
I love W.I.T.'s seminal thoughts; we are generating a new paradigm in human thought, a new mythology resolving and including the anomalies of current thinking, updated to be in harmony with the real or natural world systems
Pax Analog
Jun 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing

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.
Chris Steinkirchner
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
40% BS but really creative exploration of ideAs and analogy going where others haven't gone before. I like the criticism of the ecclesiastical nature of the university, the criticism of the post modernist way of thought, and the comparison of all knowledge to story telling. Very cool book
Andrew Neuendorf
Sep 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Monumentally awesome (yes, the title is, in part, a pun). Worth it alone for the chapter titled, "The Road Not Taken: Chaos Dynamics and the Cosmic Feminine in the Tao te Ching."
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