Less than fifty thousand years ago mankind had no art, no religion, no sophisticated symbolism, no innovative thinking. Then, in a dramatic and electrifying change, described by scientists as "the greatest riddle in human history," all the skills and qualities that we value most highly in ourselves appeared already fully formed, as though bestowed on us by hidden powers.
In Supernatural Graham Hancock sets out to investigate this mysterious "before-and-after moment" and to discover the truth about the influences that gave birth to the modern human mind. His quest takes him on a detective journey from the stunningly beautiful painted caves of prehistoric France, Spain, and Italy to rock shelters in the mountains of South Africa, where he finds extraordinary Stone Age art. He uncovers clues that lead him to the depths of the Amazon rainforest to drink the powerful hallucinogen Ayahuasca with shamans, whose paintings contain images of "supernatural beings" identical to the animal-human hybrids depicted in prehistoric caves. Hallucinogens such as mescaline also produce visionary encounters with exactly the same beings. Scientists at the cutting edge of consciousness research have begun to consider the possibility that such hallucinations may be real perceptions of other "dimensions." Could the "supernaturals" first depicted in the painted caves be the ancient teachers of mankind? Could it be that human evolution is not just the "meaningless" process that Darwin identified, but something more purposive and intelligent that we have barely begun to understand?
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WOULD RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO ANYONE WHO IS INTERESTED IN ALTERED STATES OF CONSCIOUSNESS AND UNEXPLAINED ANOMALIES. A GOOD ONE!!
A very logical presentation of known facts that support (or don't) Graham Hancocks's theory that we reside in just one of many dimensions which have been accessed for eons by humans
Graham's descriptions of his journeys
For once, the narrator could pronounce the words correctly! Christopher Lane narrated this book in a voice that was strongly reminicent of listening to the author himself. Great job.
We would like to have more of Graham's books converted to unabridged audible recordings.
I have been a fan of Mr. Hancock for over 20 years. He has outdone himself with this book. I found that, several times while listening, I had to pause the book and just let the information soak in and let my mind ponder all the implications of what I was learning before I could listen to anymore. The balance that he strikes between self discovery and research is well done. While it is obvious that the experiences, ideas and knowledge he has gained has been life altering for him, I never feel like Mr Hancock gets on a pulpit and preaches. He simply lays out the journey that he has been on for the listener and leaves it up to that same listener to make of it what they will.
The only issue that I have is that at the end of the book I had so many questions ... And I am not really sure how to start down the path of discovery for myself!
I would. This is a thought provoking and interesting listen. There are a lot of new ideas in here and they are well thought out and researched. This is not just some hippy wanting to tell you about his trip.
The theory purposed in Supernatural is "out there" for sure, but that doesn't mean it is necessarily untrue or unsupportable. The author's ideas are clear and to-the-point. He seems well educated and uses the scientific method in his search for answers. There are some unique and fresh theories on aliens, UFO's, and even ferries. If you're interested in expanded your mind and challenging your ideas on reality, check this book out.
Keep an open mind and you will find this fascinating. Brilliant! People rarely, if ever think this far outside the box without sounding full-on nuts, but Hancock seems to be able to pull it off!
Practicing Idealist, Dabbling Realist ;)
I recently listened to Rick Strassman's, MD, book DMT: The Spirit Molcule and Graham Hancock's book Supernatural heavily references Rick Strassman's research throughout the book. And, because I had listened to John Keel's book Flying Saucer to the Center of Your Mind, it was a very enjoyable experience to listen to Graham Hancock tie together many similarities in human tales of fairies and such and current ufo abduction experiences.
Also, his observations and gathered information on human dna is fascinating.
But, most interesting of all were the similarities of humans experiencing the same places and entities throughout time, as is evidenced by ancient rock art all the way up to the reports by inner explorers upon their return after experiencing DMT.
And snakes . . . lots of snakes reported . . . symbolic?
Nicely narrated, this book was a fascinating listening experience.
I am fascinated by the subject. A superb well written book, beautifully read. It held my interest for the entire 14 hours.
I am starting it again. Immediately.
I don't think I've done that in my entire 75 book Audio library.
The ideas and connections presented by Graham are fascinating, and make you rethink your notions of supernatural phenomena and prehistory, but does get a little crazy at some parts. The narrator does a fine job of conveying Grahams thoughts and beliefs
This was enjoyable to listen to. I've dipped my toes into the subjects covered in here before, from variety of sources, but never connected them together the way the author does here. As someone who has tried psychedelics and also had strange supernatural experiences, I think the trends, patterns, and consistencies in these experiences are on point, even though the author doesn't draw any definite conclusions.
Personally, I thought the sections about the historical analysis of alien abductions, fairies, pixies, etc. in the context of comparative shamanistic traditions was a bit long... but then it got good when Graham Hancock expounded and brought in additional references of hallucinogenics science. The second half of the book made it all worth while and brought the big plan of the book together. Highly recommended for anyone looking to read the latest on consciousness science and origin theories.
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