BlindSpots: What They Are Saying . . .
Christian de Quincey is a profound philosopher who has made significant and original contributions in both metaphysics and epistemology. BlindSpots is a change in that it is both lighter and more practical than his earlier, weighty volumes. In his new book, he focuses our attention on the ways in which erroneous or flabby or incoherent ways of thought have become embedded in our everyday clichés. It is a delight to reflect upon these invisible clunkers in a critical way, and even if one ends up disagreeing with de Quincey the end result is an improvement in one’s verbal expressions—one’s language feels brighter, fresher, and more alive.
—Brian Thomas Swimme, author: The Universe is a Green Dragon and Canticle to the Cosmos.
Professor of Philosophy, Consciousness, Cosmology at the California Institute of Integral Studies
In BlindSpots, Christian de Quincey pulls back the veil on the thoughtless, delusional ways we too often communicate. It’s not just that these shortcuts are wrong—they are also dangerous because they lead to behaviors and beliefs that our fragile species can no longer afford. This very wise, engaging book should be at the top of the reading list of everyone who is concerned about our future.
—Larry Dossey, MD, author, One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters
Many of us have formed definite ideas about what it means to be human and our place in the cosmos. When everyday conversations tackle fundamental topics such as time, space, consciousness, and energy, few people understand enough to think through these issues rigorously. This important book by Christian de Quincey shows that by questioning our own assumptions more carefully we can arrive at a deeper and more accurate understanding of life’s complexities. Because he writes in a lively, engaging style, de Quincey brings vitality and excitement to scientific, philosophical, metaphysical, and spiritual issues. I recommend this book for almost everyone.
—Jeffrey Mishlove, PhD, Dean, Transformational Psychology, University of Philosophical Research,
author, The Roots of Consciousness and PK Man
BlindSpots is a delightful book to read. It will make you think—about ideas you secretly hunger to discuss deeply. Well here you go. Every chapter is bound to get you into a rich dialogue—if not with others, then at least within yourself. Read this book and you will go deep.
—Dr. Amit Goswami, author of Quantum Creativity and Quantum Economics
A provocative book that challenges many popular assertions about consciousness and the nature of reality. Christian de Quincey has no time for sloppy new age thinking, nor for dogmatic materialists. Instead, he encourages us to think for ourselves and base our beliefs on our own experience rather than hearsay or others’ opinions. Much food for thought in here for everyone.
—Peter Russell, author of The Global Brain and From Science to God
Reading Christian de Quincey’s BlindSpots is a profoundly liberating experience. All of us absorb beliefs from the culture around us, and we limit ourselves by acting as if those beliefs are true. Dr. de Quincey identifies beliefs that most of us hold in that way, and opens our minds by subjecting those ideas to his brilliant philosophical critique. We are left with our minds open, free to engage with the world in new and interesting ways. This is my favorite kind of philosophy—philosophy that frees us from limitations, and opens us more richly to our participation in the universe!
—Eric Weiss, PhD, philosopher and author, The Long Trajectory
Philosopher Christian de Quincey is right: Too many people, far too often, do speak before thinking—creating confusion and distorting important issues such as the mind-body connection, the nature of time, and the power of intention in health and healing. In this book, de Quincey illuminates some of the biggest blindspots that keep people stuck. Be prepared to be challenged about ideas you probably take for granted. Be prepared to be amused and inspired.
—Dr. Marilyn Schlitz, author, Death Makes Life Possible; President Emeritus/Senior Fellow, IONS
BlindSpots will make your brain hurt, but in a good way, like the aftereffects of exercise. Christian de Quincey deftly unpacks 21 ideas that are often taken for granted to reveal why “deep thought” philosophy remains a vital approach to understanding our complex world. You may agree with some of the ideas and disagree with others, but in all cases you will be invited to reconsider your core assumptions.
—Dean Radin, PhD, chief scientist, IONS, co-editor-in-chief, Explore
Whether you see eye-to-eye with Christian de Quincey on everything, this book will help you think more clearly and converse more fruitfully on a wide range of subjects. BlindSpots is an excellent field-guide for exploring some of the 21st century’s most challenging conceptual terrain.
—Michael Dowd, author of Thank God for Evolution and host of “The Future Is Calling Us to Greatness”
Professor de Quincey has a jeweler’s eye for questions concerning the nature of consciousness and its position in the world of nature. I always find his clear thinking and writing a pleasure to read.
—Allan Combs, PhD, Director of Consciousness Studies, California Institute of Integral Studies,
author of Consciousness Explained Better, and The Radiance of Being