Twelve months ago, I began a column for Dazed & Confused, looking toward Now upon us, this year completes the 5,year Long. Daniel Pinchbeck, with psychedelic help, foresees a future shock. “” pushes the baggie a little further and “advances a radical theory. The acclaimed metaphysical epic that binds together the cosmological phenomena of our time, ranging from crop circles to quantum theory to the resurgence.

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Brainwashed – Daniel Pinchbeck, ” The Return of Quetzalcoatl”

Nick Stibbs rated it really liked it May 01, He’s also managed to get me to pursue further many of the personalities and concepts he approaches in the book in further detail.

Stu rated it liked it Jul 24, He identifies this shift with the transformation of the world that is supposed to occur at the completion of the 13th bak’tun of the Mayan Long Count, or on Gregorian Instead, it stands as an intersubjective challenge to the skeptical reader to explore non-ordinary states of awareness for herself and find whatever value she will there.

I would recommend this book for anyone who wants a thoroughly researched yet skeptical review of just what is the big deal? From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

He is a co-founder of the web magazine, Reality Pincbeckand Evolver. Dudes, seriously, this guy is a few screws loose of having a running tractor.

2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl

He mentions Terence McKenna’s “cosmic giggle” from a similar experience several times throughout the book, and I wondered if the despair in Pinchbeck’s personal life made him yearn to place himself within a similar messianic lineage, but ultimately I believe that his experience was genuine. It is a topic of this book, but given no greater weight than any of many other topics discussed here.

It centers around the concept that Carl Jung’s ‘collective consciousness’ will manifest itself concretely into a human mind soup called the noosphere, but doesn’t give an indication about how metaphorical or intense or sudden this will be, just that it will happen.


This is a literary and metaphysical epic that binds together the cosmological phenomena of our time, ranging from crop circles to quantum theory to the worldwide resurgence of shamanism, supporting the Mayan prophecy that the year will bring an unprecedented global shift.

Daniel Pinchbeck

Personally, I find the book difficult to criticize because Pinchbeck could not be any more forthcoming or humble about his objective, which he calls “an extravagant thought experiment.

Pinchbeck writes of the origin of the modern Western mind: The Such a wealth of information. Ddaniel is an interesting compendium of interrelated esoterica, one riddled with ideas worth implementing and pursuing.

Throughout the s, Pinchbeck had been a member of New York’s literary select. I’m all for it. It just seemed a bit voyeuristic to me, his tendency to let his audience in on his somewhat private soap-opera, involving his ‘partner’, another woman he meets at a psychedelic retreat in Hawaii, whom he insists on referring to as “first priestess” she doesn’t have a name either, apparently and his little girl again, no name. If you wonder what it is like to get lost in the mind of an acid-dropping, monogamy frustrated, id-driven middle class white dude without direction in life – this book is for you.

While some of the people he speaks to when visiting Glastonbury are adamant that the formations are entirely man-made, a belief the media is more than happy to propagate, Pinchbeck feels an overpowering energy when he steps inside them himself while other experts point out that many of the shapes created suggest geometric solutions not found in any textbooks.

Dajiel the game designer, see The Chinese Room. Weaves together such seemingly divergent topics as crop circles, Carl Jung, Burning Man, Rudolf Steiner, and more post millennial pinchheck, into a seamless memoir that retains its readability while still remaining among the more thought provoking journeys one can undertake through words.


Instead, he asserts that mind and matter are inseparable and are in fact interactive. To ask pinchbck readers questions aboutplease sign up.

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To ask other readers questions aboutplease sign up. Retrieved 23 October It seemed as if Pinchbeck were stepping up to the plate and was going to pick up where McKenna left off, after McKenna’s passing in Retrieved 24 October The bottom line is Views Read Edit View history. Problem is, I didn’t buy this book to learn about Daniel Pinchbeck, who seems to be pretty burdened by his bourgeois upbringing call it white guilt on new cosmic levels.

I wasn’t totally excited about these passages, but he did an okay job of writing about something that doesn’t seem easy to put into words.

Such a wealth of information. Pinchbeck is considering that the Mayan epistemology as interpreted and popularized by new age writers and modern epistemology are only different archetypal reflections of the same collective unconscious as are the knowledge systems of every culture ever to dainel.

Unfortunately this might be the books downfall.

But he does entertain pincubeck. But he makes up for it by doubting himself at every turn. He does this by basically declaring himself a prophetic vessel for Quet wow.

This book explores all thought and debate on this topic I am sort of intrigued by McKenna, but not enough to try to figure out what he’s talking about. Retrieved 19 November Does he do enough drugs to kill a horse?