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review Inside the Neolithic Mind Consciousness Cosmos and the Realm of the Gods é PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ What do the headless figures found in the famous paintings at Catalhoyuk in Turkey have in common with the monumental tombs at Newgrange and Knowth in IrAvid Pearce examine the intricate web of belief myth and society in the succeeding Neolithic period arguably the most significant turning point in all human history when agriculture became a way of life and the fractious society that we know today was bornThe authors focus on two contrasting times and places the beginnings in the Near East with its mud brick and stone houses each piled on top of the ruins of another and western Europe with its massive stone monuments ancient than the Egyptian pyramidsThey argue that neurological pat. I actually agree with the premise that religious consciousness came before civilization I think as is pointed out admirably here that there is now a lot of evidence in favor But the book seems to me to be as much a handbook for the positivist materialist viewpoint of the world as anything else The author who in several places expresses sympathy with Marx takes it as a given that the material world is all that there is that religion while given credit for spurring civilization on is in the end responsible for class distinctions etc He ends the book asking and hoping it is so if we can ever have a religion that precludes any idea of the supernatural It seems to me that the author takes some true things some things that are very likely true and then projects his own belief system onto itAn eually likely scenario than the one that the author lays out is that there is to the world than we see The idea of a God who slowly guides and enlightens humanity culminating in the Christ the first true human being ie it is finished being the act of creation of man is to me almost certainly true And that process of guiding and enlightening of forming an understanding and growth in relationship with God by whatever means fits in with the facts just as well as people being sacks of meat hardwired to think a certain way Certainly scripture says that the law of God is written in man's heart IndeedDon't get me wrong the book is excellently researched and has some positive gems in there It's like digging up buried treasure If you brush it off and clean it up there's a lot to be had here

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What do the headless figures found in the famous paintings at Catalhoyuk in Turkey have in common with the monumental tombs at Newgrange and Knowth in Ireland How can the concepts of birth death and wild cast light on the archaeological enigma of the domestication of cattle What generated the revolutionary social change that ended the Upper PalaeolithicDavid Lewis Williams's previous book The Mind in the Cave dealt with the remarkable Upper Palaeolithic paintings carvings and engravings of western Europe Here Dr Lewis Williams and D. Messrs Lewis Wallace and Pearce speculate on the most difficult aspect of archaeological explanation a people's religious beliefs in this book that takes a look at Neolithic artarchitecture and its sources Thankfully unlike those who haunt shows like Coast to Coast AM or write books like Underworld The Mysterious Origins of Civilization Paperback or construct New Age druidism they don't claim to know what Neolithic faiths entailed but they do argue that common themes and symbols can be reconstructed based on both physical remains and what is new on neurological studies that reveal the common basis of human cognitionThey choose to focus on the opposite ends of the Neolithic period both geographically and temporally They explore the extraordinary megalithic complexes found at Catalhoyuk and elsewhere in the Middle East built by pre andor very early agriculturists c 10000 8000 BC and burials and ritual sites of the European Atlantic seaboard built c 4000 2500 BC The authors argue that common symbols and architectural features bespeak a common human neurological originOne of the startling and concept shaking assertions Lewis WallacePearce make is that major changes in modes of thought preceded changes in subsistence An example of this is their contention that domestication stemmed from religious motives The traditional view holds that domestication proceeded from a need to increase production and security of food supplies Yet this is a view based on hindsight; how could early Neolithic hunters conceive evaluate and carry out such a program Animals were corralled and domesticated because they represented human controlinfluence over the environment and they ensured a steady supply of sacrifices The wide reaching social and economic implications of herding grew out of and were capitalized upon by ruling elites but not purposed by them explicitly stated pp 40 1 but implicit throughout their argumentsIn the first part of the book the authors broadly define what they mean by religion and show the evidence for a common neurological basis for religious experience and symbolism As to religion They define it as three interacting dimensions At its base is experience which leads to belief and practice Once established the latter two dimensions act on experience which further influences belief and practice in a never ending dance Thus Christians see Christ or a saint in visions while shamans see their totem animal for exampleBelief and practice are dependent on cultural milieux and change over time and space the authors cite intriguing but speculative evidence for possible religious strife based on archaeological evidence Experience however appears broadly similar Visions common to altered states of consciousness or out of body experiences OBEs include seeing bright geometric patterns spirals vortices dots see also pp 261 2 floatingflying passage through something tunnels caves birth canals transformations human to bird ability to see hidden things or underlying patternsp 45Agriculture and pottery were not so much the revolutionary aspects of the Neolithic Revolution as was the insight that humans could actively construct their cosmos Paleo and Mesolithic societies were passive participants in nature but Neolithic people eliminated the variable labyrinth and replaced it with predictable and simpler structures of their own design In doing so they gained greater control over their cosmos and were able to `adjust' beliefs about it to suit social and personal needs p 85 and therein lies the real innovative essence of the Neolithic; expression of religious cosmological concepts in material structures as well as in myths rather than the passive acceptance of natural phenomena such as caves opened up new ways of constructing an intrinsically dynamic society p 167 Which if true would help explain the accelerated pace of tech

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Inside the Neolithic Mind Consciousness Cosmos and the Realm of the GodsTerns hardwired into the brain help explain the art and society that Neolithic people produced Drawing on the latest research the authors skillfully link material on human consciousness imagery and religious concepts to propose provocative new theories about the causes of an ancient revolution in cosmology and the origins of social complexity In doing so they create a fascinating neurological bridge to the mysterious thought lives of the past and reveal the essence of a momentous period in human history 100 illustrations 20 in color. This book is an attempt to explain some aspects of Neolithic religious ideas and practice which are suspected to have arisen from experience with altered states of mind The authors' approach based on neurophysiology and comparisons with recent shamanistic societies is interesting but their explanations often seem too far stretched and pushed