Twelve months ago, I began a column for Dazed & Confused, looking toward Now upon us, this year completes the 5,year Long. Daniel Pinchbeck, with psychedelic help, foresees a future shock. “” pushes the baggie a little further and “advances a radical theory. The acclaimed metaphysical epic that binds together the cosmological phenomena of our time, ranging from crop circles to quantum theory to the resurgence.
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Too bad we had to wade through his self-absorption to daniwl to it. Karl William Lund rated it liked it Aug 13, He cannot seem to manage a relationship with a woman. When you have a fuzzy understanding of danuel, you get a book like this.
It seemed to be an honest exploration of psychedelic states of being by a confused, if well-meaning, Manhattan literary party-boy. I am sort of intrigued by McKenna, but not enough to try to figure out what he’s talking about. Pinchbeck was a founder of the s literary m Author Daniel Pinchbeck has deep personal roots in the New York counterculture of the s and s.
Worse, he occasionally leaves several stones unturned and moves onto something else. Pinchbeck was a founder of the s literary m Author Daniel Pinchbeck has deep danlel roots in the New York counterculture of the s and s.
Published May 4th by Tarcher first published I was a little disappointed in the way he handles the Book of Revelationsgiving in to the text’s numerological conceits without mentioning that much of the numerology was actually mathematical code substituted for the names of political leaders in order to avoid persecution. The world will probably not come to an end on December 21,but something strange is definitely in the air, and it would seem we are rushing towards some sort of Aug 11, Byron rated it it was ok Shelves: It bothered me that the edition Pinchbeckk read was full of typos.
It’s not a pretty sight, I promise you. To ask other readers questions aboutplease sign up. This psychic blockade is reinforced by a vast propaganda machine spewing out crude as well as pinchbekc distractions, encouraging individuals to see themselves as alienated spectators of their culture, rather than active participants in a planetary ecology.
Through its references to and pinchbedk Maya calendar in the context of New Age beliefs, Pinchbeck’s book has contributed to Mayanism. David Moore rated it liked it May 31, Lacking a specific direction or focus, he attempts to explore every nook and cranny of the phenomenon, often losing sight of his original intentions mid-sentence.
An interesting mix of the worthwhile and the worthless. Jun 19, Hannes Holmquist rated it it danie, ok. Nov 05, Graham rated it it was ok. After the hype of the book’s cover, this was a disappointment. Throw in a giant cauldron. A shift that he believes can be reached through psychedelics as used by shamanic traditions all around the world but that is attainable by anyone who is open and willing.
The gatekeepers of academic orthodoxy predictably will raise flags of “pseudoscience” and other charges of blasphemy for his sparing and often dismissive allusions to dajiel scholarly research as he pursues more fertile sources of the unthinkable.
In Breaking Open the HeadPinchbeck explored shamanism via ceremonies with tribal groups such as the Bwiti of Gabonwho eat ibogaand the Secoya people in the Ecuadorean Amazonwho take the psychedelic tryptamine brew ayahuasca in their ceremonies. Feb 22, Mattprops rated it liked it. It is like a programming error written into the software designed for the modern mind, which has endless energy to spend on the trivial and treacly, sports statistic or shoe sale, raniel no time to spare for the torments pihchbeck the Third World, for the mass extinction of species to perpetuate a way of life without a future, for the imminent exhaustion of fossil fuel reserves, or for the fine print of the Patriot Act.
The portions of the book pinchbecl I managed to plow through without dainel to set it down and laugh until my abdomen hurt were pretty entertaining. His overuse of psychedelic drugs of various kinds has left him confused and delusional. Books by Daniel Pinchbeck. I also saw a video of him speaking at Burning Man in some gawdawful tye dye get-up and it just reminded me of the myriad hippies I grew up with in Santa Cruz.
This page was last edited on 20 Octoberat But I would say that these theses are quite vague and poorly defined, rendering them rather impotent. Rachel rated it it was amazing Jun 14, Not a bad book, but one requiring the largest grain of salt imaginable.
For me, the book teeters on the verge of nausea when Pinchbeck elaborates on numerology, but I was revived toward the end of the book, when he brings the level of exploration back down to my level. If you have a serious interest in a potential Singularity, than look elsewhere; Even if you’re the type that’s interested in reading about journeying through hallucinogens. This book is about or at least I expected it to be about the ancient Maya Calander that ended in the yearvarious people took this to mean will be the year we see either the “end of the world” or the “end of the world as we know it” I read this beforenot thinking the world would end but interested in looking at how this idea has caught on among the fringe of modern society.
2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl
Pinchbecks book however spends very little time on the Maya Calander, its in there alright, but along w This book is about or at least I expected it to be about the ancient Maya Calander that ended in the yearvarious people took this to mean will be the year we see either the “end of the world” or the “end of the world as we know it” I read this beforenot thinking the world would end but interested in looking at how this idea has caught on among the fringe of modern society.
He does this by basically declaring himself a prophetic vessel for Quetzalcoatl towards the end of the book, where the transcription of the Mayan God’s speech appears in italicsof course.
I giggled a little bit at that image. For example, Pinchbeck uses the word ‘ antinomy ‘, a philosophical term, several times, and it is misspelled as the chemical element antimony at least once.
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Rather than writing from a journalistic remove, Pinchbeck-his literary powers at their peak-began to participate in the shamanic and metaphysical belief systems he was encountering. Instead, it stands as an intersubjective challenge to the skeptical reader to explore non-ordinary states of awareness for herself and find whatever value she will there.
The Mayan calendar’s “end date” of seems to define our present age: Pinchbeck was also featured in the video