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on 6 December 2004
This contribution to modern thought, from Michael Hayes, is a hefty, detailed, admittedly controversial, and stimulating work. It is both a difficult book, yet an important book. I first came across Hayes's ideas in his earlier book - 'The Infinite Harmony' - 10 years previously (1994) and was greatly impressed by it. This present work, a decade later (2004), is equally impressive and uses the previous work as a springboard on which to develop. Saying this, much of the first book is alluded to here so reading it is not a pre-requisite.
'High Prists, Quantum Genes' is heavily influenced by the teachings of Gurdjieff, as reported by Ouspensky - and the reader would benefit from a knowledge of these systems although, again, this is not a pre-requisite. The difficulty of this book - and also its great strength - lies in the author's ability to weave together strands of knowledge that underlie pivotal systems of esoteric knowledge (Hermetica; I-Ching; Egytian & Pythagorean metaphysics) with recent scientific findings in such fields as molecular biology (DNA); physics (Relativity Theory); and quantum mechanics (Non-locality, particle/wave duality) - and in a manner that is markedly more 'down-to-earth' than many modern authors in these fields. This is not another 'quantum psychology' book, nor 'Zero Gravity' speculation. It is a serious culmination of many varied mathematical, geometrical, and genetic truths/findings into a coherent whole. That Hayes has managed to provide an answer at all is an achievement. That he could do it with both feet firmly on the ground is of respect to the reader.
If you are interested in Egyptology, psychological transcendence; holography; and the 'why' and 'where' of human and cosmic evolution, then try this book. It will tax you, yet it is, I feel, ultimately rewarding and of great benefit.
I would wonder/ask whether Hayes has familiarised himself with JG Bennett's 'Masters of Wisdom' as well as the biophysicist Mae-Wan Ho who is doing some excellent research into 'quantum coherence' and 'biophoton emission' and the superconductivity of human cells and DNA.
Books like this don't come around too often - perhaps this is because it requires conscious effort on behalf of the reader. Thanks for the book Michael.
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