“One of the most important books on consciousness and cosmology to appear in decades. Anyone interested in questions about soul and nature, about the relationship between consciousness and the world of matter, about meaning in the universe, needs to read it.” (Brian Swimme, Ph.D.
, cosmologist, coauthor of The Universe Story
, and author of The Universe Is a Green Dragon
“Christian de Quincey is a thoughtful and well-informed writer whose articles in the Noetic Sciences Review and elsewhere represent some of the best writing in this field. Radical Nature
provides a comprehensive overview to modern debates about the nature of consciousness. It will appeal to thoughtful readers.” (Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D.
, author of Morphic Resonance
exposes the biggest con job in the history of human thought--that matter and nature are dead, mindless, unfeeling, and disconnected from ourselves. De Quincey gives us an image that is as hopeful and fulfilling as the old view was empty and depressing. Never have we needed such a view as now.” (Larry Dossey, M.D.
, author of Healing Beyond the Body
and Reinventing Medicine
is a unique book that gets right down to the essence of the challenges facing any science of consciousness. Essential reading for anyone interested in consciousness studies.” (Peter Russell
, author of The Global Brain
and From Science to God
“Christian de Quincey illuminates a cosmological sense of consciousness with this accessible, pioneering work. His writing sparkles and the ideas sing.” (Charlene Spretnak
, author of States of Grace
is a powerful corrective to the prevalent dualisms encoded in our culture and consciousness. De Quincey articulates another way of knowing and appreciating the world that rearranges our universe in quite remarkable ways. These well-researched and thought-provoking explorations are a philosophical road map for bridging the gap between spirit and matter.” (Suzi Gablik
, author of Conversations before the End of Time
“Christian de Quincey is that rare thing: someone equally at home in analytical philosophy and in the spirit of the New Age. No one knows better how to criticize the materialist position from the inside. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Radical Nature
. If anything can shake the current scientific complacency about the mindlessness of matter, this will.” (Nicholas Humphrey, Ph.D.
, author of A History of the Mind
and Leaps of Faith
“Aboriginal peoples of the world (wherever they’re still found intact) know that consciousness goes ‘all the way down.’ They perceive this as directly and as intuitively as we perceive the humor in a joke. For this reason, it’s not really something we can ‘discover’ any more than we ‘discovered’ America. Nonetheless, for us latecomers (for whom the concept is a stranger), Christian de Quincey has provided a delightfully accessible foundation for its rediscovery.” (Daniel Quinn
, author of Ishmael
“A brilliant and much-needed book. De Quincey has produced a deep work that is both intellectually satisfying and spiritually reunitive.” (Joseph Prabhu, Ph.D.
, professor of philosophy, California State University)
is a serious, philosophical-scientific treatise that addresses the greatest philosophical issue of all times and throws light on it. The concept of matter as inert and ‘dead’ was indeed an exception in the long history of intellectual thought, but it came to be equated with self-evident truth in the modern mind. De Quincey shows that this is an aberration--that the universe is far more complex, vital, and ‘interesting’ than standard materialistic science envisages. It is time to return to the concept that there is consciousness in nature, as de Quincey says, ‘all the way down.’ The rediscovery of this perennial insight lends both fresh meaning to our individual existence and a fresh impetus to changing our attitude to nature from exploitation to participation.” (Ervin Laszlo, Ph.D.
, author of WorldShift 2012
and Science and the Akashic Field
Christian de Quincey, Ph.D., is a professor of philosophy and consciousness studies at John F. Kennedy University, dean of consciousness studies at the University of Philosophical Research, founder of The Wisdom Academy, and an international speaker on consciousness, cosmology, and spirituality. He is the author of Radical Knowing
, Consciousness from Zombies to Angels
, and a novel, Deep Spirit
. He lives in California.