The Global Mind and the Rise of Civilization
By Carl Johan Calleman Ph.D.
Reviewed by Angie Mangino
Rating: 3 stars
This is the fourth book the author has “...written
in the English language where the Mayan calendar provides the basic
understanding of the fundamental structuring of evolutionary time.... primarily
as a description of the evolution of consciousness.”
The author writes in his preface that the first
three books are background to “facilitate the understanding of the present
book,” but are not necessary to understand this book.
Chapter one presents the direction this first volume
in The Paradigm Shift Trilogy will
“It is the purpose of this book to bring clarity to
what the mind is and while doing so, bring an understanding of what caused the
rise of civilization on our planet.”
While this reviewer found many interesting
hypotheses in this book, without a background in the Mayan calendar, ancient
civilizations, or his previous works, the clarity proposed in the purpose was
not easy to discern. His new theory of
our origins makes the reader rethink many commonly held theories, which is to
This is a book not to be read quickly. The best comparison that comes to mind is the
diligence required to comprehend a college level textbook for a new course
taken. Without benefit of an instructor
or class discussions to give direction, this is especially heavy material to
As previously stated, without previous background
knowledge, this reviewer believes to fully appreciate this book requires
extensive research to grasp that knowledge on one’s own. While some new ways of looking at the mind
and the beginning of our civilization does show through, the language used to
share them did not attain the full clarity proposed as the author’s purpose.
This book presents a philosophical theory based on
extensive historical information of the ancients of our civilization and the
Mayan calendar. There is substantial
presentation of research and theory, backed by extensive reference notes.
This is not a book for every reader, but for one
fascinated by its premise, it offers food for thought.