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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.
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on 23 September 2015
I really like Graham Hancock, but for me this is one hard book to get through. It starts off well and I found his descriptions of taking Ayahuasca really interesting. After his Ayahuasca stories he then moves onto cave paintings and his descriptions on this subject become so, so boring and repetitive that I just had to stop reading for fear of throwing up! Reading what seems like the same text over and over again made feel like I was stuck on a fair ground ride and I just wanted to get off. Sorry Graham, love what you do, but I couldn't get through this one.
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on 8 October 2011
A good sized book with a lot of promise. However, the key mechanism by which psychedelics influenced consciousness and then genetically changed future generations is not evidenced, so is pure speculation. Although initially an entertaining read, the latter chapters of the book go off on a tangient and reads like science fiction. Speculation without evidence. The authors own dmt experiences don't even match the claims he makes about their extra dimensional effects, which undermine the author's claims. Two stars for imagination though!
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on 23 October 2013
Anything that Graham Hancock turns his hand to is worthy in my eyes ,a brilliant and hugely gifted chap, a very knoweledgable author with vast experience in all his fields of work a truly dedicated man with such integrity.I wish he'd taught me history at school.
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on 5 November 2015
Another brilliant, in-depth research by this accomplished author. Solid facts so much denied by our closed minded scientists.
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on 11 March 2014
This was a very thought after present and the person was totally delighted when received it. Good postage time as well.
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on 27 April 2014
Great book for those of you who know there's more to life than the world you see. It touches on a lot of theories to do with the human mind and our ability to expand it through various means. I would recommend this book to anyone regardless of their outlook on life. It might just get you thinking.
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on 2 June 2015
thought provoking
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on 8 January 2013
this book superb and basicily a theasis and is very informative about cave art and much more. several ideas are talked about in this book form differnt people and places with puzzleling links. does not presume to know the truth rather to give you the tools to think for your self and find what you belive to be true.
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on 3 January 2016
As usual well researched thorough and insightful look into the supernatural experiences of people from all over the world and at different epochs
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