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Supernatural: Meetings with the Ancient Teachers of Mankind Paperback – 1 Oct 2007
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"Graham Hancock is no stranger to controversy. The former journalist, whose books have sold five million copies in the past 10 years, has repeatedly dared to challenge scientific shibboleths, taking a run at entrenched thinking in archaeology, geology and astronomy."
-The Globe and Mail
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The subject matter/s are why I bought the book and I am not dissapointed in that respect. The reader will however need an open mind when reading this, as Graham talks a lot about subjects people may have a hard time with. If you have read any of his other works -as I have- then you will already have an idea of what to expect. He does not dissapoint.
The first part of the book is a trifle wearisome and concerned with ancient cave art discoveries and conventional theories, but like a steam locomotive Mr.Hancock gradually accelerates until he thunders along and one simply cannot put the book down until one reaches the end.
Great value and a book that will surely give the reader plenty to think about.
'Supernatural' is well researched with no 'stab in the dark' tactics. It takes the reader from the present to the past, and from your comfortable belief system to one that challenges. It might just be the book that - sometime in the future - sheds light on topics ranging from misunderstood and maltreated scizophrenia to the origins of mankind's mind.
Why read a Terence free book on psychedelics anyway? Once you absorb Terence, you have to take the plunge yourself. Terence McKenna gave the gift of description that will never be bettered and the next best thing is reading transcripts of Terence's golden words.
Continuous reading about psychedelics, after you have read the best is like continuously watching porn. Well watching porn is ok, then you have to move on! Why watch inferior porn? Why read an inferior psychedelic book?
Graham Hancock is a good journalist but I find his regurgitated anti-capitalist 1960's moaning talk boring and nothing a drug free philosopher couldn't say.
Graham Hancock must have known he would be going up against a very prejudicial and rigid scientific establishment, and has in turn buttressed his work with first class scholarship. The work covers several areas, which point toward a conclusion that the commonalities found in altered states leave little room for pure coincidence. This includes the ancient cave art found in Europe and Africa, the accounts of what is commonly believed to be Alien Abductions, other societal encounters of the spirit world, the nature of the activating catalyst DMT, and the evidence of shamanistic ritual and beginnings in various different religions. Hancock has also provided his recollections of his own experimentation with altered state inducing drugs, which are included at both the beginning and the end.
Graham Hancock has delivered an excellent theory, solid, compelling evidence, first class research, a first class effort, but unfortunately, rather poorly edited. The section on caves seems to last too long, and although Hancock has worked hard in his research, one feels he could have made his point with fewer examples, similarly with the chapter on alien abductions.
The work includes some interesting insights into the nature of DNA, and the possible supernatural origin of DNA, and pieces together as a comprehensive whole. Supernatural is by no means an easy read, and completing it can seem like a task at some points, but for anyone interested in research into spirituality, altered states, or shaman culture, Supernatural is well worth a read.
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