The Science of Shamanism: Millenary Model for an Integrative Worldview

The Science of Shamanism: Millenary Model for an Integrative Worldview

by Pierre F Walter

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Overview

THE SCIENCE OF SHAMANISM provides a synthesis of realms of knowledge that hitherto were either blinded out from human consciousness or that were seen from a disparaging perspective that is in turn the result of mental and emotional fragmentation.

Shamanism, perennial science traditions and modern science have been relegated to different cognitive and experiential realms; they were seemingly different topics, while in reality, they belong systemically together. The need for this book is evident in a time where an intuitive and integrative approach to life and living is more and more replaced by academia and scientific 'authorities', and where people begin to build awareness of their multiple fragmentations.

The study is destined to broaden the reader's awareness for apprehending a network of hidden connections that is spanning the whole gamut of human experience, once one honestly approaches living systems with a mindset that is as much as possible free of conceptual conditioning and intellectual assumptions and projections.

The book is designed to show that at the basis of shamanism, there is not myth and mythology, but empirical and logical behavior that approaches nature without preconceptions, and an open inquisitive mind. The reason why most people are at pains with the shamanic quest is that they are not critical enough in the face of conformity pressure and the general solidifying framework of modern consumer culture that models citizens instead of accepting them as they are - in their full humanity.

The study outlines the shamanic science paradigm, which is empirical and holistic, and then presents and discusses the author's personal experiences, as first-person accounts, of mind-opening shamanic experiences. Further, the book outlines the person of the warrior-scientist, the shaman, his or her roles, and the scientific nature of their proceedings.

The author revealed his own shamanic quest, a twenty-five years of unusual, disturbing, intriguing and revelatory cognitive experiences that he went through with an open mind and a curious heart. He then presents research done since twenty years on shamanic cultures to find eight specific dynamic patterns of living that characterize their living continuum, and that are the pillars of their peaceful and nature-loving kind of life.

The primary audience of the book is academic in the sense that some deeper understanding of scientific research, the scientific method, and scientific, non-moralistic thinking is needed. The secondary audience is a larger lay public who is interested in converging paradigms and intersecting knowledge traditions, especially the cognitive dimension of shamanic experience when it is really seen without cultural prejudice and from an empirical point of view.

The author comes up with an integrative vision; in this sense, he goes beyond mere science and reveals to be a visionary.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781456585853
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/31/2010
Pages: 608
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.35(d)

About the Author

PIERRE F. WALTER is an international lawyer, researcher, author and lecturer. After finalizing his studies in German law and European integration with diplomas in both disciplines in 1982, he graduated in December 1987 at the law faculty of the University of Geneva as Docteur en Droit in international law.

The doctorate was funded by scholarships from the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law, Lausanne, and from the University of Geneva, as well as a Fulbright Travel Grant for an assistantship with Professor Louis B. Sohn at UGA Law School Department of International Law, Athens, Georgia, USA, in 1985.

Pierre F. Walter also served as a research assistant to Freshfields, Bruckhaus, Deringer, Cologne, Germany in 1983 and to Lalive Lawyers, Geneva, in 1987.

In his criminal law studies, he was specialized on elucidating the roots of violent crime and was for several years caring for prisoners who have been convicted for sexual crimes against children.

Since 1994, he works as a consultant to government and industry, specialized upon service training and human resource development. In addition, he is a personal coach and has developed a self-coaching approach termed 'Life Authoring'.

Pierre F. Walter writes, lectures and teaches in English, German and French; he has written more than ten thousand pages embracing all literary genres, including novels, short stories, film scripts, essays, selfhelp books, monographs and extended book reviews. Also a pianist and composer, he has realized 40 CDs with jazz, newage and relaxation music.

Pierre F. Walter's professional publications span the domains International Law, Criminal Law, Holistic Science, Psychology, Permissive Education, Shamanism, Ecology, Spirituality, Quantum Physics, Systems Theory, Natural Healing, Peace Research, Personal Growth, Selfhelp and Consciousness Research.

110 Book Reviews, forty audio books and more than hundred video lectures were realized in the years 2005-2010. Besides, Pierre F. Walter is publishes 'Great Minds Series', which features scientists, artists and authors of genius from Leonardo da Vinci to Fritjof Capra.

Pierre F. Walter publishes via his Delaware firm Sirius-C Media Galaxy LLC and the imprints IPUBLICA and Sirius-C Media (SCM).

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