A Secret History of Consciousness

By Gary Lachman,

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-- What is consciousness like?
-- How can consciousness be achieved?

Gary Lachman argues that consciousness is not a result of neurons and molecules, but is actually responsible for them. Meaning, he proposes, is not imported from the outer world, but rather creates the world.
He shows that consciouness is…

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Gary Lachman, one-time bass player for the rock band Blondie, has since become a latter-day Colin Wilson, writing with amazing skill and insight on a wide range of topics, including consciousness. 

There are many books on this topic these days, but this one is unique in its thoughtful exploration of several influential theorists often overlooked or forgotten in the fray of discussions and books on this topic. Here, for example, Lachman delves deeply into the important contributions of Jean Gebser, Owen Barfield, and many others.

This is an essential addition to any collection of books on consciousness. 

I bought this book from a second hand shop; the book was fire damaged (perhaps as a result of a closed-minded reader spontaneously combusting?). It is a great introduction to anti-establishment, anti-materialist philosophers, thinkers, and whatnot. Gary Lachman writes in an accessible and conversational style and manages to remain questioning and thoughtful. He also used to play bass for Blondie and guitar for Iggy Pop.

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