The evidence is woven together into a compelling perspective on the human species’ history and religious life, one with the power to change one’s worldview.
The story flows from the hard evidence to the historical context, to Muraresku’s globe-trotting adventure to track down the evidence and experts. The Immortality Key is as entertaining as any thriller and educates the reader in a vast range of areas. In communicating his findings, Muraresku displays a real knack for pithy ideas. The text is laced with evocative phrases like “holy spiked wine”, “eucharistic homebrew”, “placebo sacrament”, and “graveyard beers”. The fascinating material combined with the masterful writing makes for a captivating read. At the time of writing, paper copies appear to be sold out at all major retailers. In choosing the audiobook option, you’ll be met with an additional treat. Many people prefer audiobooks to be read by the author, and Muraresku reads better than most professional voice artists. The challenge of finding another person who could read the passages in ancient Greek, Sanskrit, Catalan, German, and French amongst others presumably made this decision a no-brainer. Finally, there’s yet another treat in hearing the multilingual author switch between these languages.
The Immortality Key is a must-read for any psychedelic enthusiast. You will learn fascinating facts about not only the ancient Greeks and early Christians. Additionally, you’ll explore the depths of human prehistory to the middle ages. While educational, the book is also entertaining. Muraresku doesn’t confine himself to ancient history, however. He was very much inspired by the contemporary scientific work into psilocybin-occasioned mystical experiences and argues for a psychedelic religious reformation, where religious institutions might be reinvigorated with an injection of direct religious experience in the form of a psychedelic sacrament. The Immortality Key will no doubt be seen as a key text of this crucial generation, where the place of psychedelics in the future of our species hangs in the balance. I’ll toast some spiked wine to that. Thanks for your thoughts James, nicely laid out, I had no idea about this book! It’s a great read – we’d love to hear your personal thoughts on the book if you ever end up getting it yourself. Keep in touch! Muraresku’s German and French pronuciation is rather off but I very much enjoyed the audiobook as well, his enthusiasm in voice definitely rubs off. I also got the hardcover, the photos are worth it! Thank you for your review. Readers may be interested in my review and other analyses of The Immortality Key here: “Muraresku’s version of the ‘secret tradition’ is a tradition, continuous over the centuries, and handed down by tenuous connections, of psychedelic techniques for communing with the dead in ceremonies lead by women. This tradition was oppressed by male politicians and priests who wanted to prevent people from having direct, mystical experiences. Instead, they replaced those experiences with mere words and doctrine.
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