Journeying through the shamanistic world, from the Himalayas to the jungles of Peru, Fred Alan Wolf encountered strange phenomena--natural healing, firewalking, shape-shifting, near-death and out-of-body experiences, visions of the past and future, time traveling, and lucid dreaming-that seemingly could not be reconciled with his training as a theoretical physicist.
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Fred Alan Wolf is an author of eleven books, a physicist, and a lecturer who earned his PhD in theoretical physics at UCLA in 1963. He has taught at San Diego State University as well as the University of London, the University of Paris, the Hahn-Meitner Institute for Nuclear Physics in Berlin, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is a member of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Collegium of Scholars, and the author of eleven books including Mind into Matter and Taking the Quantum Leap, for which he received the National Book Award.From Kirkus Reviews:
More soul-searching and imaginative (to say the least) hypothesizing by Wolf (Parallel Universes, 1988, etc.)--this time in an attempt to explain shamanistic ``miracles'' in terms of quantum physics. It hurts to be a left-brained guy in a right-brained milieu, and the reader feels for Wolf as he once again attempts to explain extra-normal phenomena (shamanic healing, fire-walking, shape- shifting, out-of-body experiences, time travel, etc.) in terms that a typical modern physicist might agree with and understand. In the end, though, theories of radioactive Druidic stones that transform ultrasensitive children into shamans sound more desperate than satisfactory--as do speculations that shamans heal through sound vibrations and that time travel results from the existence of parallel universes, and shape-shifting is possible due to the observer effect, etc. Much of the book centers on Wolf's journey to the jungles of Peru, where he imbibes liquid distilled from the hallucinogenic ayahuasca plant, communes with local shamans, and emerges ``healed'' in ways obvious only to himself--while reading meaning into such innocuous coincidences as the presence of a comely Peruvian actress at an ayahuasca rite (a trickster-spirit's attempt to distract him, or perhaps a manifestation of Wolf's own feminine half) or the screening of a film about a Peruvian seeker (an amazing manifestation of Wolf's own spiritual journey). Memories of previous encounters with Druids, Cabalists, Buddhists, medicine men, and helpful spirits provide grist for more wide-eyed speculation along the way of what seems to amount to an amazing exercise in wishful thinking. Reality is what you make it, the physicist wistfully concludes--and in Wolf's highly subjective world, nothing could be truer. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Summit Books, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0671675346
Book Description Summit Books, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0671675346
Book Description Summit Books, New York, NY, 1991. Hard Cover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition, First Printing. BRAND NEW & Collectible. First Edition, First Printing. Theoretical physicist, author of Parallel Universes (1990), Fred Alan Wolf (1934 -) invites the reader to travel along in his "journey into the world of the shaman. The book is a memoir, a personal journey, and an intellectual and spiritual quest in which Wolf chronicles his interactions with shamans the world over, his insights into an overlapping area of the modern physicist's view of reality with that of the shaman's. Taking the reader along, the author moves from being an observer to participant, enters another universe of discourse, and all the while sharing illuminating experiences that are sometimes painful. Bookseller Inventory # 009191
Book Description Summit Books, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110671675346
Book Description Summit Books. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0671675346 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.1223869