Instinct and Revelation revolves around the hypothesis that ritual behavior and imaginative awareness in early hominids may have helped to spawn the evolution of the human brain and human consciousness. Using an integral perspective comparable with systems theory, the book carefully interweaves fact and theory from physical and cultural anthropology, psychobiology and the brain sciences, psychology, and to a lesser degree, eastern philosophy. This book breaks from tradition by discussing from a primarily anthropological perspective the origin of human consciousness within a philosophical framework that embraces precepts from human evolution, evolutionary psychology, the neurosciences, biocultural anthropology, and cultural symbolic anthropology.
Table of ContentsThe Dawn of Consciousness
The Hominid Journey: An Odyssey Through Human Evolution
The Hominid Brain: The Emergence of the "Two Pound Universe"
The Numinous Mind in Evolutionary Perspective
The Nectar of Chant: The Vocal Path to Encephalization