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Less than fifty thousand years ago mankind had no art, no religion, no sophisticated symbolism, no innovative thinking. Then, in a dramatic and electrifying change, described by scientists as "the greatest riddle in human history," all the skills and qualities that we value most highly in ourselves appeared already fully formed, as though bestowed on us by hidden powers.

In Supernatural Graham Hancock sets out to investigate this mysterious "before-and-after moment" and to discover the truth about the influences that gave birth to the modern human mind. His quest takes him on a detective journey from the stunningly beautiful painted caves of prehistoric France, Spain, and Italy to rock shelters in the mountains of South Africa, where he finds extraordinary Stone Age art. He uncovers clues that lead him to the depths of the Amazon rainforest to drink the powerful hallucinogen Ayahuasca with shamans, whose paintings contain images of "supernatural beings" identical to the animal-human hybrids depicted in prehistoric caves. Hallucinogens such as mescaline also produce visionary encounters with exactly the same beings. Scientists at the cutting edge of consciousness research have begun to consider the possibility that such hallucinations may be real perceptions of other "dimensions." Could the "supernaturals" first depicted in the painted caves be the ancient teachers of mankind? Could it be that human evolution is not just the "meaningless" process that Darwin identified, but something more purposive and intelligent that we have barely begun to understand?

©2007 Graham Hancock (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Patricia on 01-22-15


What made the experience of listening to Supernatural the most enjoyable?

A very logical presentation of known facts that support (or don't) Graham Hancocks's theory that we reside in just one of many dimensions which have been accessed for eons by humans

What was one of the most memorable moments of Supernatural?

Graham's descriptions of his journeys

What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

For once, the narrator could pronounce the words correctly! Christopher Lane narrated this book in a voice that was strongly reminicent of listening to the author himself. Great job.

Any additional comments?

We would like to have more of Graham's books converted to unabridged audible recordings.

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21 of 21 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Joe on 01-06-15

A Scientific Drive Into Hallucinogens

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would. This is a thought provoking and interesting listen. There are a lot of new ideas in here and they are well thought out and researched. This is not just some hippy wanting to tell you about his trip.

Any additional comments?

The theory purposed in Supernatural is "out there" for sure, but that doesn't mean it is necessarily untrue or unsupportable. The author's ideas are clear and to-the-point. He seems well educated and uses the scientific method in his search for answers. There are some unique and fresh theories on aliens, UFO's, and even ferries. If you're interested in expanded your mind and challenging your ideas on reality, check this book out.

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