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The Biology of Transcendence: A Blueprint of the Human Spirit

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  • Posted November 27, 2008

    A travesty.

    Alright. Here's the deal. I'm an experimental philosopher who's currently researching the available scientific literature on the subject of transpersonal cognitive states and their associated physiologies for a forthcoming publication of mine. Now with that having been said, it naturally makes sense that, from my perspective, a book titled like Pearce's might weather well in my attention.<BR/><BR/>So when I initially ordered The Biology of Transcendence, I was under the impression that, like Todd Tremlin's Minds and Gods: The Cognitive Foundations of Religion and Dean Hamer's The God Gene: How Faith is Hardwired Into Our Genes, I was purchasing a book written about a subject that is relevant to it's title and back matter -- namely, a book about the BIOLOGY of TRANSCENDENCE. <BR/><BR/>Instead what I got was a highly subjective, haphazardly cited attempt made by a liberal arts major to reconcile interesting-but-wholly tangential discoveries made in field of neurocardiology with -- no joke -- his own personal interpretation of Christianity. This book has nothing to do with the biology of transcendence whatsoever. <BR/><BR/>And not only that, but it sucks on top of it.<BR/><BR/>Well, that's not entirely true. You see, the book did have some value. <BR/><BR/>I say this because Pearce's presentation of the recent evidence supporting a view of the heart as an organ of cognition is, if sloppily cited, at least engaging -- as are his several evidences for its associated electromagnetic fields. Still, in his attempt to substantiate the heart as the epicenter for transpersonal awareness rooted in quantum field theory, he falls short of the credibility attained by the alternative theories discussed in Michael Talbot's The Holographic Universe or Rupert Sheldrake's The Presence of the Past -- and pitifully short of what Hungarian Systems Theorist Ervin Laszlo accomplished in his awe-inspiring triumph entitled Science & the Akashic Field: An Integral Theory of Everything.<BR/><BR/>So to wrap it up, I'm just going to say this: not only was this book a waste of the $18.00 I paid for it, but also the time it took me to read it.<BR/><BR/>I want my two hours back.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2012

    An amazing read

    This is a book that will open you up to ideas beyond those which our culture holds sacred. While i would highly recommend it to all seekers, I would first advise you to read Crack In The Cosmic Egg . The world which experience will never be the same. And that is a good thing!

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