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Cosmic Consciousness

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2003

    A Pioneering Work on the Evolution of Human Consciousness

    This study is from the early days of the psychiatric profession when its practitioners could still write seriously of spiritual and mystical matters without being ostracised or ridiculed as 'unscientific.' Briefly, the author personally experienced a sudden episode of enlightenment and rapture that, while it was only of brief duration, changed his outlook on life forever. He spent the rest of his life, he was in his mid-thirties at the time, trying to figure out what had happened to him, and if there were any others. What he found was that such sudden occurances of enlightenment, these epiphanies, had been occuring to mystics, philosophers, writers, and artists all through recorded history. Not only that, but they were occuring with increased frequency as time went on. Bucke concluded that this marked an evolutionary trend. Carried out to its logical conclusion, he postulated that one day 'cosmic consciousness' as he termed it, would be as common in the human race as self consciousness currently is. He based this on the manner in which the ancestors of man slowly climbed from the simple consciousness of animals to an almost universal state of self consciousness.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2001

    In Defence of Theological Flakes...I mean Blakes...

    Bucke is a wonderful crackpot, and this is just one of many things he accomplished. This was the 'serious' book that Whitman's literary executor wrote as a diversion of his day job directing an insane asylum. Among his other intellectual persuits include the Shakespeare-Bacon controversy. Oddly, he died slipping on his veranda.

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