Visionary, Chapter Fourteen: The Secret Commonwealth

We warmly welcome Graham Hancock as our featured author for May with his book VISIONARY: THE MYSTERIOUS ORIGINS OF HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS — a newly released update of his 2005 book Supernatural: Meetings with the Ancient Teachers of Mankind. To give a flavour of the book’s wide-ranging subject matter, we offer here Chapter Fourteen — THE SECRET COMMONWEALTH — as a free-to-read extract. In Visionary, Graham investigates a mysterious “before-and-after moment”  in the human story where dramatic and electrifying changes in the creative and cognitive capabilities of our ancestors took place. Described by scientists as “the greatest riddle in human history”, this was the moment when all the skills and qualities that we value most highly in ourselves appeared already fully formed, as though bestowed on us by hidden powers.  To discover the truth about the influences that gave birth to the modern human mind, Graham embarks on a journey of adventure and detection that takes him from the stunningly beautiful painted caves of prehistoric France, Spain, Italy and South Africa to the depths of the Amazon rainforest to drink the powerful plant hallucinogen ayahuasca with indigenous shamans.  Could the “supernaturals” first depicted in the painted caves and rock shelters be the ancient…

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Visionary, Chapter Fourteen: The Secret Commonwealth

Updated: May 7, 2022 — 10:26 am