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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 St. Martin's Griffin
(first published 1996)
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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
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.
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