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Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds (2012)

Compilation of various ideas on mysticism and science.

Tales of Wonder: Adventures Chasing the Divine – Huston Smith

I was introduced to the works of Alan Watts by a meditation teacher about three years ago. Since then, I have been interested in mysticism, cognition, Buddhism, and scientism. Don’t ask me why, but these subjects just captivate me. I have been reading the works of various authors such as Douglas Hofstadter, Thich Nhat Hanh, Joseph Campbell, Stuart Kauffman, Francisco Varela, and Jiddu Krishnamurti; but what am I trying to learn; WHY?

Probably, this question will never be answered, but being only 23, I have barely began to experience the reality these authors seek to understand. I can live this reality and hopefully discover something worth telling others. Anyway, besides reading, Yoga and meditation have been my most direct experiences with the spiritual nature of the mind and universe. And just a few days ago I watched a video with Huston Smith. He makes me want to travel the world and experience other cultures. I have started reading his autobiography, Tales of Wonder: Adventures Chasing the Divine. Smith appears to be a fascinating individual and I think that I have much to learn from him. Perhaps you have read Smith? If not, I highly suggest that you do.

Underworld: The Mysterious Origins of Civilizations – Graham Hancock

In Underworld: The Mysterious Origins of Civilization, Hancock raises an excellent point — sea levels in ancient times were mush lower than they are now. Thus, many ruins may lie under the water a theme which he fully explores in this novel. The novel is a bit lengthy.

Fingerprints of the Gods – Graham Hancock

My favorite novel by Graham Hancock, Fingerprints of the Gods takes the reader on an archaeological journey. Traveling to almost every ancient civilization, Hancock searches for clues which reveal a lost civilization. Here is a good summary.

Heaven’s Mirror: Quest for the Lost Civilization – Graham Hancock

Graham Hancock does not disappoint in Heaven’s Mirror, a book about lost civilizations.  Containing hundred of beautiful images and graphs, the reader will be convinced that perhaps there do exist civilizations that have vanished from the history books. In addition, Hancock does a great job in this book, and in his other books, at describing the astronomical phenomena of precession. Here is brief video of Hancock talking about the book.

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