- These are – thankfully fairly brief – extracts from a 124-page book.
- It seems well written – though an Amazon reviewer sympathetic to the “message” complained that the sentences were too long and consequently only gave it one star. Other reviewers are either uncritically appreciative, or treat the book as drivel.
- Either way, it seems to be typical “new age” stuff. The Amazon blurb (see below) claims that it argues for “no self” – a fairly respectable philosophical position – but it seems to do so by arguing resolutely for “no head” on the flimsy and ludicrous grounds that the individual cannot directly see his own head.
- Amazon Book Description: 'Reason and imagination and all mental chatter died down... I forgot my name, my humanness, my thingness, all that could be called me or mine. Past and future dropped away... Lighter than air, clearer than glass, altogether released from myself, I was nowhere around.' Thus Douglas Harding describes his first experience of headlessness, or no self. First published in 1961, this is a classic work which conveys the experience that mystics of all times have tried to put words to.
- See "Hofstadter (Douglas) - Reflections on D.E.Harding's 'On Having No Head'" for further comments.
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