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The Eagle's Quest: A Physicist's Search for Truth in the Heart of the Shamanic World Hardcover – 1991

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Personal odysseys through shamanic rites lead Wolf to posit links between the Shaman's experience and the "new physics." A captivating, lucid quest for awareness.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Wolf, a theoretical physicist and author of The Quantum Leap ( LJ 11/15/81), focuses on his personal involvement with shamanism. He describes his experiences as a participant in shamanic ceremonies around the world and endeavors to explain shamanic practices in terms of quantum physics. He supports his contention with nine hypotheses that link the two seemingly divergent practices. Unfortunately, his narrative is extremely disjointed and skips back and forth between unrelated episodes. While he includes many fascinating descriptions of shamanic rituals, his finished product is basically a book of reminiscences and musings. His study may be of value to libraries seeking books on personal spiritual experience, but its inherent subjectivity is a limiting factor.
- Elizabeth Salt, Otterbein Coll. Lib., Westerville, Ohio
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Summit Books; 1st edition (1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671675346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671675349
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 6.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,173,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fred Alan Wolf is a world-renowned physicist, writer, and lecturer who also conducts research on the relationship of quantum physics to consciousness. He is the author of 13 books, 3 audio CD courses and received the National Book Award for "Taking the Quantum Leap". He is a member of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Collegium of Scholars and was Professor of physics at San Diego State University for twelve years. Dr. Wolf has appeared in many nationally released films including "What the Bleep Do We Know?" and "The Secret." His latest book is "Time-Loops and Space-Twists: How God Created the Universe."
He has been interviewed on several radio and television programs including New Dimensions Radio, Western Public Radio, National Public Radio, and many others. He was the visiting scholar/scientist-in-residence in the Pacific Northwest sponsored by The Institute for Science, Technology, and Public Policy during the spring season, 1994. He has spoken numerous times before The Commonwealth Club of San Francisco, The Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC, and several other prominent organizations and been interviewed on a number of television shows between the years 1995 to the present including: The Discovery Channel's The Know Zone, Sightings, The Thinking Allowed Television Series, The Malone show, The Evidence for Heaven. Star Trek IV, Special Collector's edition, The Fabric of Time, The Case for Christ's Resurrection, Down the Rabbit Hole, and the PBS series Closer to Truth.

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This book stands out as one of the best books on shamanism I've ever seen. The Eagle's Quest is remarkable because it maps concepts from modern physics into the ancient shamanistic world... all the while following the Wolf's very personal true story of his quest for deeper understanding. Because Wolf really wishes to know what's going on in the universe, his book is thorough in its investigations of old world shamanism. This is one of the best books I've ever read combining spirituality and physics: it's full of useful information and well-written. I love all of Fred Alan Wolf's books, and this one is especially enjoyable to me, because it was truly written from his heart. This book is a classic.
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I would have preferred the title stopped with the elegance and simplicity of "The Eagle's Quest", because I don't think the book can deliver as well for finding scientific truth. So why did I rate it as a 5? Because it did something much more useful to me than delivering scientific "truth", a promise more likely conjured by the publicists than by the author.

I appreciated deeply the rare opportunity to "hear" the thought processes of an accomplished scientist and physicist grappling with a group of phenomenon nowdays loosely called "shamanic". It was an intriguing and courageous endeavor to brainstorm outloud about his search for models, hypotheses and vocabulary in order to construct a hair-thin bridge between science and mystic journeys to alternative inner and outer realities, some of which were unsettlingly irrational but still transformative and healing.

Far from hearing his voice as egotistical (as a few other reviewers suggested), I found it to be refreshingly candid, soul-searching and very human. Thus in my view his thoughtful discourse does contain some erroneous logic. At times he also offers some weak examples within which one feature or another of western science and/or medicine is set up as a "strawman" to be sacrificed in the comparison with his idealization of a shamanic mind-view. As he journeys deeper into his global vistations with shamans and ayahuasca -- these start to feel increasingly inflated to magical projections. Now the importance of his personal storytelling rather than pretending to offer an unbiased scientific pronouncement is the redeeming key.
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I first learned of Fred Wolf from his part in What the Bleep. Since then I have been on the lookout for his books. One day last month I found this one, written in 1991, long before the Law of Attraction became more mainstream.

Wolf lived with a number of Shamans over several years trying to understand the science behind their ability to heal.

He questions their results and his own experiences as he goes into states of altered consciousness. He even travels to see Tony Robbins people at his seminar walk on fire.

From continent to continent he journeys with the eye of a physicist to understand the observer affect on the environment and on reality, and on the patients of the Shamans who heal them.

He goes into deep discussion about entanglement and the power of the mind and emotions. Perhaps this work seemed more "pure" because it far outdated the more popular works about creating one's own reality.

There is also tremendous credibility due to Wolf's own academic background. In the end he concludes that the Shamans are able to manipulate energy, of which we are made, and bring changes in the physical plane through concentration and belief.

How much do our thoughts impact the world and our own destiny? These and many other questions are what Wolf has sought answers to; worth reading for the metaphysics and the Indiana Jones feel of a grand adventurer who has taken the greatest adventure of all, trying to understand the spirit of man.
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Dr. Wolf has accomplished what many cannot, he has written a highly interesting book about his journey to discover the parallelism between quantum physics and the knowledge / wisdom of the ancient shamans -- and has done so without getting lost in the scientific jargon. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it for those who are interested in joining their scientific interest with their spiritual journey.
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if you have read Jeremy Narby's The cosmic serpent: DNA and the origin of knowledge then you will love this book! if you haven't read the cosmic serpent then you need to. Science is finally catching up to shamanism and I am loving it. I highly recommend this book to everyone.
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This book presents the occult and the practice of shamanism in a very understandable format. The book presents the parallel of quantum physics and the metaphysical in very understandable terms. I have spent time with Peruvian shamans in the mountains and look forward to spending time in the amazon. I would very much like to communicate with Dr. Wolf to discuss his experiences. Dr. Wolf, thanks for a great and enlightening book: please write or call, JJ 847.304.1757
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