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In primitive man, emotion carried the waves of instinctive intelligence up and out to the unrealised senses. It pushed and it strained ceaselessly from within to bring the sense of knowing, the sense of self, into the incipient human brain and then into the outer senses. When the last connection was made linking each sense organ in the outer world to the physical brain, man not only possessed the instinctive senses, but he also knew he did. As soon as he was able to reflect that he could see, hear, smell or touch something, his sense of self was born.

-From The Origins of Man and the Universe, by Barry Long

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whipsmart April 11th, 2001
Does Mr. Long believe that Homo-Sapiens is the only species in which this is true? And if so, is that all that truly seperates us and makes us human?

I hope not...

iamom April 12th, 2001
I can't speak for him personally, but from what I've read of this book, he wouldn't support that position. The book is written for us, though, in an attempt, I suppose, to show us our true origins and how we literally evolved from the primordial soup into sentient beings.

I don't believe anything I read anymore, but this book is at least interesting. It's the only book I've ever come across that talks about such traditionally weighty issues as our own evolution without coming from any specific religious, scientific, or occult perspective. He claims, interestingly enough, to have come to this understanding of our origins through the means of gnostic transmission and transcendental meditation. For all I know, the guy just has access to some really great drugs, but that certainly takes nothing away from the book.

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