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"Three fine thinkers take us plunging into the universe of chaos, mind, and spirit. Instead of leaving us lost, they bring us back with startling insights and more wonder than we knew we had." —Matthew Fox, Original Blessing and Sheer Joy

"A jam-session of the mind, an intellectual movable feast, an on-going conversation that began over twenty years ago and remains as lively and relevant today as it ever was. Sadly, Terence had to leave the conversation a little earlier than planned. But the appearance of this book of trialogues at this critical, historical juncture is a reaffirmation of the potency of the optimistic vision that the trialogues express." —Dennis McKenna, brother of the late Terence McKenna

About the Author

Rupert Sheldrake, the author of several books, including The Sense of Being Stared At : And Other Aspects of the Extended Min, Seven Experiments That Could Change the World, A New Science of Life, and The Rebirth of Nature, lives in England. The late Terence McKenna was the author of True Hallucinations, Food of the Gods and The Archaic Revival. Ralph Abraham PhD is the author of Chaos, Gaia, Eros: A Chaos Pioneer Uncovers the Three Great Streams of History and co-author of Chaos, Creativity, and Cosmic Consciousness with Rupert Sheldrake and Terrance McKenna. He has been Professor of Mathematics at the University of California at Santa Cruz since 1968.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Monkfish Book Publishing; Revised edition (April 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974935972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974935973
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #572,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I can honestly say this is one of the best books I've ever read, truly mind-expanding, profoundly important in every way. The breadth of knowledge brought to the subjects through the trialogues was awesome. I was first attracted to the book by Terence McKenna, who I love; this was my first exposure to Rupert and Ralph (the combo is great!). For any McKenna fan this book is essential to your collection, full of new material not found in his other works.
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I had been waiting for someone to come along and put a note up about this recently released book and comment on whether it was essentially just "Chaos, Creativity and Cosmic Consciousness" repackaged.

Finally, I took the plunge and ordered it and I am happy to say that no, it is not the same book as "C, C and C." The chapters in this book feature further talks by the three thinkers at Esalen.

However, I'm pretty sure that the content in both this book and "C, C and C" were included in the original publication "Trialogues at the Edge of the West" - but since that book has been out of print for years, it's unlikely that many would have it.
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What a great read! like a rollorcoaster through a cosmos of meanting, these three great minds explore the dimensions of trancendental attractors, end-time apocalyptic visions, the psychic powers of animals, the nature of time, God and a letter from the Christian mystic Father Bede Griffiths who was Sheldrake's spritual guide. These famous 'trialogues' recorded at Esalen also reveal a touching portraint of an intellectual friendship grown ripe over the years of testing each others mettle. Also, recommended is Chaos, Creativity and Consciouness by the same authors.
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This is a fun meeting by three great minds who like to think outside the box. Rupert Sheldrake, the Cambridge biologist who broke with orthodox science and put forward his neo-Lamarkian principle of Morphogenic Fields. Terence McKenna ethnobotanist and psychonaut who suggested that plants are profoundly intelligent and can speak to us during psychedelic drug experiences. Ralph Abraham, a mathematician and also fellow psychonaut who has been a pioneer in the science of chaos theory. Together these three men rap ideas about a range of subjects including the eschaton or end times, which McKenna embarrassingly predicted would be in 2012; fractals and field attractors; psychedelic drug experiences; psychic or sixth sense abilities in animals and the nature of time. The ideas put forward are at times more metaphysical than scientific yet all three men remain remarkably grounded in their scientific understanding of the world. Central to all their concerns is the view that nature - including the greater cosmos - is not merely guided by random events but has inherent entelechy/purpose that is perhaps non-locally guiding it towards some final point or final chaotic attractor. I most strongly recommend this book to those of you who are not strongly materialistic or reductionist in terms of how we can understand nature as I suspect that strong reductionist materialist will only become frustrated and angry with some of the things said in this book.
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This book was definitely worth every penny I paid. The reason I bought the book was because I wanted to read some writings that Terence Mckenna did since I really like his stuff. He as usual provided some deep philosophical theories and insights on topics brought up by these three men in the book. So if you are a Terence fan as well he really shines in this one!
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Not the intellectualism I was hoping for. Few deep thoughts on the nature of life or the soul. It's all about the drugs.
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