Reality 2.0

Reality 2.0

by Daniel Pinchbeck
     
 

What is it that attracts shamans, mystics, and other visionaries to the experience of altered states? It is the fact that some wisdom cannot be accessed through ordinary consciousness alone, proposes Daniel Pinchbeck.

On Reality 2.0: Shamans, Psychedelics, and the Next Step in Evolution, this trailblazer of nonordinary reality shares a firsthand

Overview

What is it that attracts shamans, mystics, and other visionaries to the experience of altered states? It is the fact that some wisdom cannot be accessed through ordinary consciousness alone, proposes Daniel Pinchbeck.

On Reality 2.0: Shamans, Psychedelics, and the Next Step in Evolution, this trailblazer of nonordinary reality shares a firsthand account of his quest for a "system upgrade" for human society. Join this 21st-century explorer and philosopher-journalist for an intriguing investigation of:

  • Shamanic cultures from the Americas to the Amazon, and the urgent messages they have for Western society
  • The 2012 phenomenon and the possibility of a new realization of time and space for humankind
  • Crop circles—de-bunked hoax or legitimate transmissions from galactic intelligence?
  • The potential of plant medicines such as iboga and ayahuasca to help address the spiritual crisis of our postmodern world
  • Startling theories of Terence McKenna, José Argüelles, and other pioneers in the furthest realms of human consciousness

Is our culture poised for the next leap in human evolution? How is technology changing us? Are we in the midst of a global "quickening" that will transform our individual and collective consciousness—and are heavy psychedelics required to participate? Daniel Pinchbeck tackles these questions and more in this fascinating glimpse into a hopeful—and mind expanding—future.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This audiobook can best be summarized as such: "I did this drug, under these conditions. It had this effect on me. I reached this profound thought. Repeat." Pinchbeck explores the many different mind-altering substances utilized by spiritual leaders around the world to understand their effect and to ponder their role in the world today, where manufactured drugs don't have nearly as ethereal effect. Unfortunately, Pincheck spends a bit too much lip service self-promoting his previous books. Like many other Sounds True readers, Pincheck's light and gentle voice provides a soothing and intimate presence. He keeps a moderate pace of reading with a good voice for inflection. In other narrations, Pincheck's mispronunciations, audible breathing and other superfluous noises would seem interruptive and poorly performed. Yet, given the topics discussed and the mood of the production, they magnify the humanity of the narrator, creating a strong bond between speaker and listener.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591796664
Publisher:
Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/08/2008
Pages:
4
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Pinchbeck

Daniel Pinchbeck is an author and journalist whose feature articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone,and Esquire, among others. His first book,Breaking Open the Head, was heralded as the most significant work on psychedelic experimentation since Terence McKenna. His second book, the bestselling 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, links indigenous prophecy, the environmental crisis, and modern technology in a new paradigm www.2012thebook.com.

Pinchbeck is a monthly columnist for Conscious Choice magazine and the editorial director of RealitySandwich.com.

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