Magical Child Paperback – Mar 1 1992
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"This is the brilliant, provocative, humane synthesis we've been waiting for. I hope Magical Child is read by every parent and parent-to-be, every educator, everyone interested in the future of our society."
George Leonard, author of Mastery
"An innovative, philosophical restructuring of modern child psychology."
"A profound, readable, and exciting book."
"This is one of the most important and beautiful books I have ever read. . . . The book is written with the passion of a man who not only cares but knows."
About the Author
Joseph Chilton Pearce is the father of five children and the author of The Crack in the Cosmic Egg, Exploring the Crack in the Cosmic Egg, The Bond of Power, and The Magical Child Matures. A former humanities teacher, he now devotes his time to lecturing and writing.
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I'm just not certain the author reached his conclusions in a way that I endorse since he says many things I absolutely disagree with. In the first chapter, he says about our brains and grey matter, "the amount we have is just what we need for certain goals nature has in mind, such as our dominion over the earth."! I really have a hard time believing that evolution is goal directed, and that humans should have "dominion" over the earth. We have no right to that, and we are destroying the earth as a result of trying to be in control of this planet.
The chapter on "maintaining the matrix", or how to birth babies naturally, is taken right out of LeBoyer's work "Birth without Violence"- a fine book but not without it's flaws. This chapter also explores the development of the naturally birthed and nurtured infant, or at least the ones the author observed in Uganda. These babies are developmentally ahead of the medically birthed babies in Western society, so he says. They push up at birth, sit up at a couple months, run (not just walk!) at 7 months of age. Humph! Amazing babies, right? My baby born by c-section walked and talked much earlier than my naturally born-at-home babies. What happened?!
I don't particularly like the language of this book, but it will work for a lot of people.Read more ›
However, when he states that a 3 year old child is not an incomplete 5 year old but a fully functioning 3 year old, my faith in his ability as a psychologist is not shaken. Good book if you can get past the errors. It won't be the only I read on the subject.
There are some keen insights here, but unfortunately they are buried within an intellectually muddled and scientifically dishonest presentation. For example, in the introductory chapters, Pearce speaks about human development from a very materialistic (and atheistic) view of human evolution, while often in the same paragraph praising Nature the wonderful "designer" of our human growth, a very theistic view. The significance of the book's central themes -- realization one's full humanity and potential -- is very different in each of these worldviews, and Pearce avoids revealing which side of the fence he sits on. He is similarly dishonest in his use of scientific research. He likes to quote from researchers -- when they agree with his theories. Contradictory scientific evidence isnt mentioned, except in a few cases where he merely dismisses it without discussion. This is unfortunate, because it's the weighing of seemingly contractictory evidence that science has tended to make its greatest leaps. Too bad Pearce wasnt brave enough to put his own theories to that test.
There seems to be so much misunderstanding and ignorance with regard to children these days, from tv overload to little league pressure to accelerated academic preparation--all harmful activities because they block a child's healthy development. Wake up everybody!
In the final chapters, Pearce goes beyond childhood to explore the possibilities of the human mind per se and give us a glimpse of what lies beyond the self-imposed limits of our reality. A deeply significant work. I also recommend Betty Staley's Between Form and Freedom for a look at what awaits in the adolescent years.
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Important book but at the times hard to understand. If I only new before my daughter was born. Must read for every parent that is truly interested in giving his/her child... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Alex O.
I bought this book to gift to my son for his 35 birthday; it was gifted to me when I was 5 months pregnant and it really informed the way I chose to raise him. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Paloma Vita
90 % of the child's potential is usually lost in the first few yearsPublished 19 months ago by Gueorgui Lazarov
This is a wonderful book for anyone who is open-minded and interested in the radical potential of the human (child). While it is a difficult read, it is worth it. Read morePublished on April 11 2003
I could barely keep my eyes open through this one. It's so theoretical and dry. There's nothing practical in this for parents. Maybe more so for the professionals. Read morePublished on March 24 2003
I'm only halfway done with this book and I love it. Similar to the Continuum Concept, only so much more in depth. Parts are alomt mystical. Read morePublished on July 12 2001
I have found this book to be compelling. I felt quite alone in my thinking world until Mr. Pearce's insights made their way into my heart and mind. He reads true. Read morePublished on Jan. 6 2001
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