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A superb thesis, though a tough read
on 3 August 2015
Supernatural has perhaps the most revolutionary theory yet visited by Graham Hancock, essentially that Shaman trances, and altered states of consciousness are not just a mere trick of the mind, but are the alteration of the mind's power's of perception, enabling us to glimpse normally invisible spirit worlds.
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.