The Evolutionary Mind by Rupert Sheldrake, Terence McKenna, and Ralph Abraham

Rupert Sheldrake, Terence McKenna, and Ralph Abraham. The Evolutionary Mind: Conversations on Science, Imagination & Spirit. Rhinebeck, N.Y.: Monkfish Book Publishing, 2005. Paperback, xii + 226 pp.

What happens when three intelligent thinkers get together to chat about what moves them the most? Well, this book (which is a revised version of a title first published in 1998) gives us a good sense: We encounter speculative, creative thinking at its best, with a lot of humor thrown in.

Biologist Rupert Sheldrake enter public awareness in 1981 with his thought-provoking notions of morphic fields and morphic resonance articulated in his first book A New Science of Life. Mathematician Ralph Abraham is one of the pioneers of Chaos Theory and founder-director of the Visual Math Institute. Terence McKenna, who passed away in 2000, was an ethnobotanist and psychedelic researcher and is perhaps the most controversial figure of this intellectual triad.

This freewheeling discussion ranges over topics like the evolution of consciousness, computers, visual mathematics, fractals, time, utopianism and end time, parapsychology, psychedelics, skepticism, and the transcendental Reality. There is enough consensus between the three dialog partners to have a meaningful conversation but also enough disagreement to make their informal discussion enjoyable for the reader.

Needless to say, this book is brimming with stimulating avant-garde ideas and commends itself for its high readability.

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