Chaos and World Order by Norman Cohn describes the dualistic
religion of Zoroaster from which the three fundamentalists faiths
(Judaism, Christianity and Islam) derive their concepts of good and
evil, as well as their doctrines of cosmic justice and apocalypse.
The Mass Psychology of Fascism by
Wilhelm Reich is a unique study of the biological basis of fascism as
it manifest in two deviant tendencies, mysticism (religious fanaticism)
The Anatomy of Human
Destructiveness by Erich Fromm is perhaps the most complete psychologically
oriented overview of the question of violence in human society.
Fingerprints of the Gods by Graham
Hancock is a survey of the historical enigmas surrounding the
rise of civilization in different parts of the world, presenting
evidence pointing back to a global maritime network that existed
before the last Ice Age, that is, before 9000 BCE.
and Gods of Old Europe by Marija Gimbutas changed our view of the past by showing that
civilized, goddess-based societies in which warfare seems to
have been lacking existed before large-scale urban civilization
Womans Encyclopedia of Myths and
Secrets by Barbara Walker is a massive compendium of
information on the pagan origins of civilization, presenting
leads to alternative scenarios of history as well as recovering
many beliefs that were lost or suppressed with the rise of
The I Ching, translated by Richard
Wilhelm, is an ancient Chinese book of divination that contains
many profound reflections on the nature of chance, change and
of Our Ancestors by Dhyani Ywahoo is a modern summation
of the sacred wisdom of the Cherokee peoples. It describes in an
exemplary fashion how native-mind cultures conceive the link
between humanity and other dimensions, as well as how they
define of the moral responsibility of humanity relative to the
earth, revealing a unique balance of magical and moral factors.
Homo Ludens by Johanna Huizinga is a scholarly study of the essential role
of play in the maintenance of human society and the creation of
For the argument on all the wonders soon to
be achieved by technology in all fields of human endeavour see Visions by Michio Kaku. For a more critical and sobering view of
technology the suggested reading is:
Our Senses by Maurice Berman is a wide-ranging
discussion of the atrophy of human faculties due to the rise of
technology, including some thoughts on how to recover the direct
experience of Sacred Nature.
Neil Postman is a critique of humanitys current tendency to
surrender to technology, closely paralleling Bermans argument
but with an emphasis on restoring educational values in society
the Absence of the Sacred by Jerry Mander is an inquiry
into the way corporate and technological control of human life
intentionally negates and undermines the human bond to the
Sacred in Nature.