Coming Into Being

Artifacts and Texts in the Evolution of Consciousness

William Irwin Thompson

Palgrave Macmillan Trade

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In his best-selling The Time Falling Bodies Take to Light, William Irwin Thompson intrigued readers with his thoughts on mythology and sexuality. In his newest book, Coming Into Being: Artifacts and Texts in the Evolution of Consciousness, he takes the reader on a journey through the evolution of consciousness from the preverbal communications of early stone carvings, to the writings of Marcel Proust, around the monumental wrappings of Christo and up to the rebirth of interest in the Taoist philosophy of Lao Tzu. Owing as much to the rhythmic constructions of jazz as to established methods of scholarship, Thompson plays a riff on biology and culture seeing the birth of the mind in Proust’s Madeleine, the displacement of humanity in Christo’s wrapping of the Reichstag and, in Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching, the path forward to a new planetary culture. In Coming Into Being, William Irwin Thompson presents a fascinating vision of our past, our present, and our future that no one will want to miss.

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"wide-ranging and deep essays...Thompson [is] an adventurous thinker." --Publishers Weekly

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William Irwin Thompson

William Irwin Thompson is the author of At the Edge of History, The Time Falling Bodies Take to Light and Imaginary Landscapes. He lives in Switzerland.

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Coming Into Being
Artifacts and Texts in the Evolution of Consciousness
William Irwin Thompson

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
Palgrave Macmillan Trade
June 1998
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312176921
ISBN10: 0312176929
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 284 pages
$18.00
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