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The Mind in the Cave: Consciousness and the Origins of Art
The Mind in the Cave: Consciousness and the Origins of Art
by J. David Lewis-Williams
Edition: Hardcover
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4 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Do you mind?, June 14, 2006
This book disappointed me. It was written by the world famous rock art expert Dr. David Lewis-Williams, therefore I had great expectations for it as I myself am an inspiring rock art expert and hope to study at Lewis-Williams' former university in Johannesburg.

The main problem that I had with this book is Lewis-Williams' "search" for the beginnings of the mind. He wonders where the mind, consensus, and the ability to experience altered-states came from. He tries to figure out, how the brain evolved to give "modern man" the ability to experience these phenomenon. He says, that Neanderthals lacked this and this may have been one of the reasons why they did not survive. He says that only "modern people" are able to do this. But, how does he know? Why couldn't have Neanderthals have joined the Cro-Magnon man in painting the pictures on the cave walls.

He spends too much of the book trying to figure out how the mind evolved he wastes time and space that could be used to discuss his interesting but controversial neuropsychological method. He does still have a good discussion on this topic nonetheless. Besides, who knows if his hypothesis of shamanism depicted in rock art is even correct? Perhaps, if Lewis-Williams would believe that man was created Man with a mind and the ability to experience altered states of consensus from the beginning, maybe he could develop more time to his study of the actual rock art.

The pictures in the book, however, are very good.

For a good introductory rock art book read David Whitley's "Introduction to Rock Art". For a discussion of creationism that doesn't limit the creation of the universe to a few thousand years (one of the reasons many scientists reject Creationism) see "The Age of the Universe: What are the Biblical Limits?" By Gorman Gray.
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The Age of the Universe: What Are the Biblical Limits?
The Age of the Universe: What Are the Biblical Limits?
by Gorman Gray
Edition: Paperback
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We don't have to bend the Bible or Science!, June 2, 2006
I really want to recommend the book "The Age of

the Universe" by Gorman Gray.

In it Gray argues for an undefined age of the universe. He says that the Bible does not give a date for the creation of the universe (planets including Earth and the stars including our sun). So therefore it could be very old (even billions of years according to the stars). He argues for an undefined age with an old age bias. However, the six days of creation are very recent less than 8,000 years old. The six days prepared the earth for Man. He calls it the "biosphere model". The light of the first day was from the sun, which was brought out as the sun on a cloudy day comes out from behind the cloud

today. And on the fourth day he brought out the sun, moon, and stars completely. The earth was covered in water unitl God brought the land up and gathered the waters together and made the "Seas". Genesis 1:1 is not a summary or part of Day 1. It is seprate and happened before Day 1. How long we can not know for sure, although with the stars it sure seems old. The earth it self maybe very old ncluding the mineral base. But all the mountians including Everest and he Grand Canyon were all formed during the Flood or shortly after it as a >result of it. Volcanos, etc all young. Fossil record young. The

universe maybe not so young. Very interesting!

This really opened up my mind and got me

thinking. I think he is right and has the awnser. We should not bend the Bible to met science and likewise we should not bend the science to met the Bible.

Awesome Book!


Introduction to Rock Art Research
Introduction to Rock Art Research
by David S. Whitley
Edition: Paperback
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock Art 101, April 15, 2006
Whitley does a good job writing an introduction book on rock art. He gives examples from all over the world including California, South Africa, and France. He writes about ethnographic interpretation as well as the neuropsychological approach to rock art and shamanism.

Whitley includes a short glossary at the end of the book and a very helpful list of references. The "list" is almost 30 pages long.

About the only thing wrong with the book is that there are not as many photographs as I had expect for a book on this kind of topic. Whitley could have included more photographs of the rock art he wrote so well about.

I recommend this book to any aspiring rock art researcher (like myself)


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