2012 : The Return of Quetzalcoatl – Daniel Pinchbeck (2006)

2012

Finished this weird trip of a book this morning. I had read Pinchbeck’s earlier Breaking Open the Head so I knew what I was getting into. Plenty more drug experiments here, but this one is (semi) focused on the question of whether we are due for a massive change in consciousness, somehow foreseen by the Mayans and their calendar which ends on December 12, 2012.

There are many many threads of information in the book. For me the most interesting had to do with questions of how consciousness structures experience, and how perhaps time and calendar systems do something similar. Add in some quantum mechanics about the observer collapsing the probabilities and you’ve got a heavy brew. I had not heard of Jean Gebser before, a German with ideas about an evolution of our consciousness of space and time. Gebser: “Instead of intensifying time, man has quantified it by rational thinking into a cascading motion.”

Here’s a pretty reasonable review of the book from Daily Grail.

You can listen to Pinchbeck speaking with RU Sirius.

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