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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, 352 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Lindisfarne Books (first published April 1st 2003)
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Kristina
Nov 07, 2012 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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Francisca Pageo
Feb 19, 2014 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
Matt
Jan 02, 2012 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
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Raúl
Jul 27, 2016 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.
Chris
Aug 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Gary Lachman!!!!! crying out in the empty canyon of my mind!
Jonathan Hockey
Sep 26, 2019 rated it liked it
It was interesting to find out more about some eclectic figures with interesting ideas about consciousness, but I would have liked to seen more attempt to connect it up to the mainstream views about consciousness and engage with that debate. By not doing this, at times it feels like giving too much credence to thinkers who are only one side of the story and not putting it into the larger context of philosophy and thought in general. For instance, more recent insights are ignored, as is phenomeno ...more
Patricia Rosa-mendes
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Traveling with deep enough insight into the works of RM Bucke, Rudolph Steiner, Colin Wilson, Jean Gebser and many others this book presents us with the progression of Consciousness since the early hours of humanity to our days. Deep, revealing and humourous enough to make it a must-read for any one interested in the mistery of Being.
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
Wendy 'windmill'
Brilliant!

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!
Greg Sudmeier
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating.
Kingsley L. Dennis
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful, clear and concise overview....one 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.
“Oswald Spengler's Decline of the West, Ernst Bloch's Spirit of Utopia, Hermann Hesse's Glimpse Into Chaos, Edmund Husserl's The Crisis in European Science, Karl Kraus's The Last Days of Mankind, Arthur Koestler's The Ghost in the Machine, Robert Musil's The Man Without Qualities, José Ortega y Gasset's The Revolt of the Masses, Martin Heidegger's Being and Time, René Guenon's The Reign of Quantity, Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain, Colin Wilson's The Outsider—the list could go on.” 2 likes
“The content of reality is only the reflection of the content of our minds. . . . We receive from reality only the empty forms.”8 When neuroscientists observe the brain and its chemical reactions—the physical basis of thought—they are also observing their own thought. Consciousness is there, because it is only through consciousness that any observation can take place: we can never get at some “purely” material stuff, because any such stuff would of necessity be part of our mental world. Matter itself is an idea.” 0 likes
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