“I hesitate to call this trilogy a book, or even three books. I mean, what is it? A double treatise on the limitations of scientific materialism and the renunciatory logic of Buddhism? A celebration of the possibilities of a shameless, liberated, lid-off theosophical imagination? A spiritual autobiography? An ethnographic report on some “psychic studies” in Berkeley? The answer, of course, is that it is all of these things, and more.”
—Jeffrey J. Kripal, author of Encountering Kali: In the Margins, at the Center, in the West and editor of Hidden Intercourse: Essays on Eros and Sexuality in the History of Western Esotericism
“What I want is simple. I want some hint, some dream, some will o’ the wisp that seems to connect matter and mind in a way that I can run with. With my training in quantum physics, I reject all glib and easy analogies. I want something hard—the quantum philosopher’s stone. Grossinger’s material takes the mind down strange corridors it would never have discovered for itself. And the most important thing his writings do is to wake us up to the mystery that we are every moment living.…”
—Nick Herbert, author of Elemental Mind: Human Consciousness and the New Physics
“Grossinger has a great synthetic mind and is a master of poetic prose and imaginative, free-ranging scholarship.”
—Michael J. Harner, author of The Way of the Shaman
“Richard Grossinger is one of the most original spiritual writers of our time.”
—Andrew Harvey, author of Heart Yoga and The Hope
“I think what Grossinger has written here is historic and momentous and game-changing. He has used science, turned it on its head, and aimed his sights on materialism, atheism, and even dualism. Reading this mind- and gut-wrenching book has left me with but one conclusion: the author is a goddamn … genius. I cannot even begin to fathom how he set about writing this.” —Joshua Laudermilk, philosopher
Table of Contents of Volume One: Movement One: The Neuroscience, Evolution, and Ontology of Consciousness:
• Chapter One: What the Fuck is This?
• Chapter Two: The Scientific View of Reality
• Chapter Three: What Is Consciousness?
• Chapter Four: Nonconsciousness, Unconsciousness, Degrees of Consciousness, and Loss of Consciousness
• Chapter Five: Qualia or Zombies?
• Chapter Six: Consciousness as an Emergent Phenomenon: The Psycholinguistics and Phylogenesis of Meaning
• Chapter Seven: Ontology and Cosmology of Consciousness