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Consciousness from Zombies to Angels: The Shadow and the Light of Knowing Who You Are Paperback – December 15, 2008
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"Writing for the layperson, Christian de Quincey makes you think about consciousness in a new way." (EnlightenNext, Issue 44, Jun-Aug 2009)
"Besides suggesting changes in how we think and talk about events in consciousness (he really thrashes the common New Age formula that thoughts create reality), [de Quincey] puts forward some intriguing new notions." (Henry Reed, Venture Inward, Sept/Oct 2009)
"Following the concepts found in this book, you will be able to recognize and break habits and patterns that run or even ruin your life." (Sonia von Matt Stoddard, Awareness, Vol. 16, No. 6, Nov/Dec 2009)
“In clear, accessible language, Christian de Quincey unpacks the mysteries of consciousness and how it works, taking the subject off the philosopher’s shelf and placing it into the hands of the masses. Anyone reading this book will likely experience a change of view and a shift in their experience of consciousness--bringing them one step closer to reconnecting with their authentic self and the cosmos. Take some time and savor this feast of the mind and heart.” (Harville Hendrix, author of Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples)
“This is the guide to consciousness that millions have been waiting for. In clear, nontechnical language, Christian de Quincey guides us through the labyrinth of the mind. This is one of the best books on consciousness to emerge in years.” (Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Healing Words and The Power of Premonitions)
“It’s a rare book that pushes the frontiers of science, philosophy, and spirituality all at the same time. Christian de Quincey has done just that. With an inviting mix of deep insight, compassion, and humor, he shows us how our inner light shines with brilliance only when we embrace all of who we are, including our darkest shadows.” (Gay Hendricks, author of Five Wishes: How Answering One Simple Question Can Make Your Dreams Come Tr)
“Christian de Quincey has given us a rare gem of a book. It’s truly beautifully written, is simple and readable, and is profound and meaningful. Anyone who has ever wondered about mind and consciousness, and about who we really are and how we are related, should read this book. It is informative and thought provoking. And that’s the classical mark of all inspired philosophers.” (Ervin Laszlo, author of Quantum Shift in the Global Brain and Science and the Akashic Field)
“This is an amazing book. Dr. de Quincey is the first among pure philosophers to intuit and understand the subtleties of consciousness.” (Amit Goswami, author of Physics of the Soul and God Is Not Dead)
“Christian de Quincey delivers a masterful synthesis of ancient wisdom and cutting-edge insight, a warm and rare work revealing the secrets of self-knowledge. Read and awaken to the wondrous potential of your human consciousness.” (Obadiah Harris, president of the University of Philosophical Research)
“Finally, a book that unites the evolution of consciousness with conscious evolution. As we stand at the threshold to a new world, Christian de Quincey raises the conversation about consciousness to a whole new level. In clear and simple language, he educates, entertains, and inspires. Consciousness from Zombies to Angels is an owner’s manual to that final frontier where science and spirit meet.” (Michael Dowd, author of Thank God for Evolution)
“The hard problem of consciousness has never been presented in an easier and more illuminating way. Christian de Quincey has achieved a miracle of popularization and has also broken new philosophical ground--and the combination is an even greater miracle.” (Nicholas Humphrey, professor of psychology, London School of Economics, and author of Seeing Red: A)
“In this breakthrough book, philosopher and spiritual mentor Christian de Quincey uses a rare mix of humor and intelligence to launch us on the way to personal and collective transformation.” (James Twyman, author of The Art of Spiritual Peacemaking and The Moses Code)
“A must-read for anyone who wants to know more about consciousness. Lucid and comprehensive, profound and inspiring. Christian de Quincey tackles the hard problems of mind head-on, offering deep insights into our essential nature.” (Peter Russell, author of The Global Brain and From Science to God )
" . . . an excellent pick for psychology and spirituality collections alike." (The Midwest Book Review, April 2009)
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“In clear, accessible language, Christian de Quincey unpacks the mysteries of consciousness and how it works, taking the subject off the philosopher’s shelf and placing it into the hands of the masses. Anyone reading this book will likely experience a change of view and a shift in their experience of consciousness--bringing them one step closer to reconnecting with their authentic self and the cosmos. Take some time and savor this feast of the mind and heart.”
--Harville Hendrix, author of Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples
Consciousness from Zombies to Angels presents a practical, step-by-step “owner’s guide” for the mind that sorts out philosophy’s hardest problem, science’s final frontier, and spirituality’s deepest mystery--what consciousness is, how it works, and why it’s important. Christian de Quincey provides seven simple steps for understanding consciousness and how it can lead to spiritual awareness: observe your language, identify the problem, learn how to look, recognize your patterns, know yourself, embrace your shadow, and practice transformation.
All of us exhibit both shadow and light, aspects of ourselves we fear and deny (our inner zombies) as well as qualities we admire and want to radiate (our inner angels). The key to a creative and fulfilled life is to integrate both. De Quincey reveals that the way to transformation is to accept ourselves exactly as we are--a work in progress.
Readers will learn the difference between “energy talk” and “consciousness talk”; how the body affects the mind, and vice versa; and where to go for help to develop consciousness, heal emotions, or grow spiritually. De Quincey shows how to recognize and break habits and patterns that run your life, how to find out who you really are, and why facing up to your darkest fears will liberate your brightest light as you learn to embrace all of your humanity and experience the power of transformation.
CHRISTIAN DE QUINCEY, Ph.D., is a professor of philosophy and consciousness studies at John F. Kennedy University; dean of consciousness studies at the University of Philosophical Research; founder of The Wisdom Academy, offering personal mentorships in consciousness and conscious evolution; and an international speaker on consciousness, cosmology, and spirituality. He is the author of the award-winning Radical Nature and Radical Knowing and a novel, Deep Spirit. He lives in Half Moon Bay, California.
More About the Author
Christian de Quincey, Ph.D., author and international speaker, is Professor of Philosophy and Consciousness Studies at John F. Kennedy University; Dean of Consciousness Studies at the University of Philosophical Research; adjunct faculty with Wisdom University. He is also founder of The Wisdom Academy, offering private mentorships in consciousness.
Dr. de Quincey is author of the award-winning book "Radical Nature: The Soul of Matter" and "Radical Knowing: Understanding Consciousness through Relationship." His latest books are "Consciousness from Zombies to Angels" and "Deep Spirit: Cracking the Noetic Code."
Samples of his writings on consciousness and cosmology are available at:
Top Customer Reviews
For anyone who finds this book intriguing I would recommend that you circle back and read his earlier books - Radical Knowing and Radical Nature. For me, those books expand on the concepts in Consciousness in a way that helped me to appreciate the intricate thought process that can trap us in our thoughts and beliefs. And in all of his books, De Quincey is consistent in stressing the importance of not "believing" (taking as "truth") anything - preparing us for the task of learning about our own consciousness through our own experience of it.
I have read many books on consciousness and I have found de Quincey's books always contain something more, something that makes me feel like I understand it better after following his thought process. I highly recommend his books.
This book looks at ideas of people like Ervin Laszlo, Ken Wilbur, Albert Einstein, Carl Jung, David Bohm, Amit Goswami, and timeless mystical perspectives on the nature of reality. De Quincey explores the process of science and gathering seemingly objective data vs. subjective experience gathering, where the objective approach is only experienced and carried out by a subjective observer - showing how the paradigm of defining reality with scientific measurement is always limiting.
This book has a nice organization and flow to it, and it's nice to see De Quincey acknowledge the value of the different paths or perspectives through which reality can be explored... he calls these "the philosopher's gift" "the scientist's gift" and "the mystic's gift." There is also a section toward the end that provides a Q and A format of how some questions that commonly arise would be addressed from his understanding.
Having written on metaphysics myself and read some of the author's previous work as well as Ervin Laszlo's books referenced by De Quincey, I have to say that this book puts things together very well. Those looking to clarify their understanding of reality, of the interplay of Consciousness and Creation, will benefit greatly from this book.
Consciousness from Zombies to Angels guides readers through the shadows and light of understanding and awareness. The book--and conscious exploration--is addressed from three primary perspectives: that of the philosopher (meaning), scientist (mind-matter), and mystic (spirit). The author offers seven steps as footholds into this mind spelunking: watch your language (the words we use determine meaning); identify the problem; learn how to look; recognize your patterns; know yourself; embrace your shadow; and practice transformation.
An eclectic cast of characters and concepts populate the conundrum of understanding consciousness. After considering zombies and angels, quantum physics and Descartes, ego and Zen Buddhism, miracles and matter, and much in between, we ultimately arrive where we began, which is to accept ourselves just as are--a work in progress. However, we arrive with a renewed sense of the gift of consciousness. The final section of the book, called "Consciousness Dialogues," imparts thought-provoking discussions between the author and his students or peers.
Christian De Quincey is equally a dedicated philosopher and an engaging teacher of consciousness. He delivers on the promise to unpack some of the most difficult problems in consciousness in simple and non-technical language. Still, there is a lot in Consciousness from Zombies to Angels to absorb.Read more ›
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Each time I read a book by Christian de Quincey I am amazed at how much he amazes me with his breadth and depth of understanding and his expurgation of the non-sense that seems to... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Sidney Mirsky
Dr. Christian De Quincey is a professor of philosophy and here presents a step-by-step guide to the mind blending philosophy, science, and spirituality. Read morePublished on April 14, 2009 by Midwest Book Review