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on 24 September 2003
Gary Lachman, the author of the highly engaging Turn Off Your Mind, has, with this new work, again written a very lively account of a part of modern intellectual history. This book traces the development, from the late 19th century up to our own time, of the idea of the collective transformation of human consciousness, both the evidence of such evolution in the past, and speculation about future evolution. A fascinating array of thinkers is presented, at a pace that is fast but not superficial. Even readers who are already familiar with these thinkers will find much to engage their minds and send them off into profound reflections of their own. One important measure of this book's success is that it has inspired this reader to go directly to the works of the authors covered.
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on 31 July 2011
This is the best non-fiction book that I have ever read and that's saying something, as I am an avid reader of all genres; having read other books on the same subject, including those of Colin Wilson, who wrote the foreword here, I have to say that this book is the best and most lucid that I have come across.

What a great book bringing together many of the thoughts of the great minds who have applied them to the task of really trying to define what actually human consciousness is; even whether it CAN actually be defined and described.

Lachman's book is erudite, easy to read even when, of necessity, he has been obliged to use some of the more esoteric terms from psychiatry and those coined by various different thinkers, etc. In fact, all-in-all, this book is a great undertaking just in the way it is put together, flowing easily on from one concept into another, never mind the excellent, lucid explanations.

He occasionally introduces his own very worthy thoughts on the various ideas and often remarks about the similarity of thought which does, in fact, run throughout the book, thus making one aware that some of these great thinkers have thought along the same lines, which makes me, at least, think that they do definitely have a grasp on, or perhaps, for want of a better phrase, are on the outskirts of this undoubtedly notoriously difficult to define subject.

Anyone who has ever wondered about the human mind and consciousness in general should read this book and find out what others over the past couple of hundred years or so have to say; as the other reviewer remarked, it has spurred him on to obtain the writings of many of the thinkers mentioned - the very same applies to me, which is why I think so highly of Lachman's great book.

In any event, this book is VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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on 29 December 2012
Loved it. Did not know the former bassist for Blondie has been writing very thoughtfull books on consciousness for years now. Highly recommandble if you want to understand humanity, its history and continued evolution.
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on 10 April 2016
Interesting ideas laid out in a vaguely engaging format but with a lot of waffle in between.....
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on 3 October 2014
Excellent wide-ranging journey through the development of consciousness. Agrees with all aspects of teachings from the likes of Seth in the series "Seth Speaks" etc., dictated through Jane Roberts, and shows a consistent line that has always been available to those who seek.
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on 31 July 2014
The less academic chapters are well worth a read!
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on 23 August 2014
I found 'A Secret History of Consciousness' to be an interesting read but, to my mind, it does not compare well with the work of other writers on the subject such as Colin Wilson and Ken Wilber.

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on 9 June 2015
Astonishing. Read very carefully!
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on 14 October 2014
Just right. Explore it!
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on 19 July 2015
fine
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