Daniel Pinchbeck Returns with ‘Notes from the Edge Times’

NotesFromtheEdgeTimesI am delighted to announce the upcoming publication of Notes from the Edge Times. My new book collects essays written in the three-and-a-half years since the release of 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, my last work. The book covers a wide range of subjects, some of them familiar to readers of my earlier works, and some of them ventures into strange new territories. In essence, however seemingly diverse, all of the chapters revolve around a single subject: How do we confront the current mega-crises of species extinction, global financial collapse, and resource depletion and initiate a new planetary culture that integrates the physical and psychic aspects of our being, while meshing harmonically with our planet’s fragile ecology?

If you enjoyed my other work, I hope you will take the plunge and pre-order this new book before its official release on October 14. Apparently, in today’s anxious publishing climate, pre-orders from Amazon and other sites determine how much attention the publisher’s sales and marketing departments will give to a book. If you plan to pick up a copy of this book in any case, please pre-order it now so that Tarcher/Penguin, my publisher, gets behind it and gives it a push, thereby helping the ideas and initiatives I explore — the subjects we cover daily on Reality Sandwich and Evolver.net — to creep and slither deeper into the mainstream.

While the book is a collection of essays, organized chronologically, I believe that, taken in total, it makes a coherent argument. The antidote to the suicide system we have unleashed requires a systemic, whole systems approach, along with a new underlying paradigm on which to base our individual and collective actions. As the back cover quote states, “If our consumer-based, materialism-driven model of society is dissolving, what can we offer in its place? Why not begin with the most elevated intentions? Why not offer the most imaginatively fabulous systemic redesign?”

Notes from the Edge Times proposes that the new paradigm for the next epoch includes a reinvented financial system. We will reject the domination by one single form of money, controlled by a cabal of private banking interests, and adopt a range of currency instruments that support collaboration over competition. In many areas, we will take a design science approach to solve our current problems. We will also integrate a new understanding of the psyche and accept the existence of paranormal capabilities. I offer the thesis that our evolution as a species has shifted from the physical to the psychic level, and we could transition rapidly from a post-everything culture of information overload to a “Wisdom Age” where art has replaced money as the ruling value.

While scanning many indicators that our post-industrial civilization is hitting the skids and could collapse as resources become scarce, Notes from the Edge Times remains optimistic about the transformation. The book proposes that we can overcome cynicism and defeatism — forms of cultural programming — in order to participate creatively in our rapidly changing world.

Advance readers tell me that Notes from the Edge Times is my most accessible work, with the potential to reach both old and new audiences. I know, as well as anyone, how distracting our current culture is, and how difficult it is to separate out signal from noise. I believe my little book contains crucial new ideas and nuggets of information that will help people grasp our situation and prepare for what may soon come. I hope that you feel inspired to join me on this modest foray into the fringes of thought and the edge-realms of possibility.

[cross posted from Reality Sandwich]

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  • Drewhempel

    Daniel’s book title is a projection of his smoking addiction which causes sadness as a lung blockage. Good luck with that.

    • http://www.theamericanbookofthedead.com Henry Baum

      What? I mean that sincerely – what are you talking about?

      I’m there for a Kindle pre-order.

      • Honu

        he’s talking traditional Chinese medicine. Lungs relate to grief or sadness.

    • gemmarama

      smoking causes sadness too?! and here was me thinking i just had the cancer to look forward to…

  • Drewhempel

    Daniel’s book title is a projection of his smoking addiction which causes sadness as a lung blockage. Good luck with that.

  • http://www.theamericanbookofthedead.com Henry Baum

    What? I mean that sincerely – what are you talking about?

    I’m there for a Kindle pre-order.

  • Honu

    he’s talking traditional Chinese medicine. Lungs relate to grief or sadness.

  • Honu

    I enjoyed Dan’s 2012 book enough but if anyone is really interested in more scholarly grounded work about the Mayan Calendar, I’d recommend John M. Jenkin’s ‘Cosmogenesis 2012′. He may make assumptions about the Maya but they are convincing and easy to understand with all his research.

  • Honu

    I enjoyed Dan’s 2012 book enough but if anyone is really interested in more scholarly grounded work about the Mayan Calendar, I’d recommend John M. Jenkin’s ‘Cosmogenesis 2012′. He may make assumptions about the Maya but they are convincing and easy to understand with all his research.

  • Arcocelli

    just another new age huckster.

    • Alech

      I wonder what his plans for the future are, because he won’t be able to sell a single book after nothing happens in 2012.

  • Arcocelli

    just another new age huckster.

  • Rwright05

    For all the interesting things Disinfo helps to bring to the public consciousness there is an equal amount of 2012 and 9/11 conspiracy craziness.

  • Rwright05

    For all the interesting things Disinfo helps to bring to the public consciousness there is an equal amount of 2012 and 9/11 conspiracy craziness.

  • gemmarama

    smoking causes sadness too?! and here was me thinking i just had the cancer to look forward to…

  • Maria Sabina

    New Age millenarianism is not helpful in the political struggle of the coming decade. When it takes itself too seriously is merely a harmful distraction.

    What good is a shaman if he does not bring back valuable, practical advice for his people to act upon? Instead Pinchbeck seems to be offering us nothing than a shallow, consumerist version of what is supposed to pass for shamanism: “order these legal herbs, buy my books, and all the Evil in world will magically vanish come 2012 !”

    • Honu

      He’s trying to capitalize on the 2012 phenomena and he’s a salesman in his own way. I guess you could call him out for it but I wouldn’t say he’s selling anything more than just his beliefs on the subject which are pretty generic new age if you ask me. He’s a smart man but i don’t see him as a shaman. There’s other 2012 focused people who act like shamans. Jose Arguelles and Carl Calleman.

      Regarding your statement on politics vs. new ageism, it would be wise not to throw out the baby with the bathwater. With quantum physics starting to go mainstream, alot of the so called spiritual ideas bantered about since the 60’s are being supported by science now (i.e. matter is made up of mostly space and the presense of consciousness alters reality objectively). The new politics of the millenium will involve these ideas as what passes for reality gets continuously re-evaluated. It’s only a harmful distraction to people who don’t recognize that it’s actually important. That said, you still need to be able to sift the wheat from the chaffe. Lots if misinformation out there and lots of agendas.

  • Maria Sabina

    New Age millenarianism is not helpful in the political struggle of the coming decade. When it takes itself too seriously is merely a harmful distraction.

    What good is a shaman if he does not bring back valuable, practical advice for his people to act upon? Instead Pinchbeck seems to be offering us nothing than a shallow, consumerist version of what is supposed to pass for shamanism: “order these legal herbs, buy my books, and all the Evil in world will magically vanish come 2012 !”

  • Honu

    He’s trying to capitalize on the 2012 phenomena and he’s a salesman in his own way. I guess you could call him out for it but I wouldn’t say he’s selling anything more than just his beliefs on the subject which are pretty generic new age if you ask me. He’s a smart man but i don’t see him as a shaman. There’s other 2012 focused people who act like shamans. Jose Arguelles and Carl Calleman.

    Regarding your statement on politics vs. new ageism, it would be wise not to throw out the baby with the bathwater. With quantum physics starting to go mainstream, alot of the so called spiritual ideas bantered about since the 60’s are being supported by science now (i.e. matter is made up of mostly space and the presense of consciousness alters reality objectively). The new politics of the millenium will involve these ideas as what passes for reality gets continuously re-evaluated. It’s only a harmful distraction to people who don’t recognize that it’s actually important. That said, you still need to be able to sift the wheat from the chaffe. Lots if misinformation out there and lots of agendas.

  • Alech

    I wonder what his plans for the future are, because he won’t be able to sell a single book after nothing happens in 2012.

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