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Since the Enlightenment, western culture has written off ecstatic experience as a form of mental illness. But why should rationality be considered the highest part of human nature when we are capable of so many more states of experience?

Piecing together interviews, analysis of ancient and modern philosophy, and his own eclectic encounters with the sublime, philosopher Jules Evans mounts an investigation into what we can gain from mastering the art of losing control. From Aristotle and Plato to the Bishop of London and Sister Bliss, radical jihadis to Silicon Valley transhumanists, The Art of Losing Control is a funny, life-enhancing journey that will change the way you think about how you feel.

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“A captivating exploration of humanity’s journey toward self-transcendence.” ― Prospect

“Fascinating stuff . . . Evans is a natural storyteller and his honesty about his own experience is refreshing and disarming . . . A smart book that delivers on entertainment as well. Evans takes his subject matter seriously but delivers his investigations in an endlessly amusing and eye-opening manner.” ― Big Issue

“Compelling . . . His sensitivity as a thinker, like his skill as a storyteller, is never in doubt.” ― Guardian

“An original and outstanding investigation into a poorly understood but central experience in all our lives. Jules Evans is brave, honest and wise - a great companion and guide on a fascinating journey.” -- Caspar Henderson

“In keeping with the ecstatic experience itself, this is a wild, wondrous, wide-eyed journey, and Evans has convinced me at least that it''s a trip worth taking.” ― ―Psychologist

About the Author

Jules Evans is policy director at the Centre for the History of Emotions at Queen Mary, University of London. He is the author of Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations, which was published in nineteen countries and was a Times Book of the Year. Jules has written for WIRED, Aeon, the Financial Times and the Guardian, and is a BBC New Generation Thinker.

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Adam Rose
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Good book
Reviewed in the United States on December 9, 2019
When I first received the book, I felt like tossing it in the garbage and giving it one star for having such a small font. Thankfully, I didn’t. Evans writes with great intelligence, yet with great simplicity as well, making it easy to read despite the depth of... See more
When I first received the book, I felt like tossing it in the garbage and giving it one star for having such a small font. Thankfully, I didn’t.

Evans writes with great intelligence, yet with great simplicity as well, making it easy to read despite the depth of his ideas. That, to me is a great accomplishment as an author. This book is more analytical than experiential, offering his insights into the arenas of ecstasy he chooses to examine, limiting his personal experience, even though he directly indulged in several areas in order to provide firsthand experience. At times, this is slightly unfulfilling, but I like him erring on the right side of not being overly self-indulgent, as most books of this type tend to be.

Overall, this is an enlightening read that offers a cogent perspective on a multitude of topics. Everyone will benefit from the history and the context he provides. My favorite chapter was on the ecstasy of war, aka the ‘mosh pit’.
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This is a very creatively researched book.
Reviewed in the United States on February 2, 2018
This is a very creatively researched book. I found many new angles on the idea of losing control of my ego to enter more fully into my life
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A philosopher''s account of sampling from the wells of ecstatic experience
Reviewed in the United States on February 3, 2020
This is a philosopher’s account of sampling from the various wells of ecstatic experience. It’s one of many works these days on what the ancient Greeks called ekstasis. There’s been major interest in investigating the topic in recent years. Historically, religion was the... See more
This is a philosopher’s account of sampling from the various wells of ecstatic experience. It’s one of many works these days on what the ancient Greeks called ekstasis. There’s been major interest in investigating the topic in recent years. Historically, religion was the means by which people pursued ecstasy, but – increasingly -- people who don’t care for the dogma and tribalism of religion are starting to crave its more blissful and ego-shedding aspects.

As a work of immersion journalism, the book is a mixed bag. Evans does seek some firsthand experience of most of the topics covered, but the extent of his immersion and his discussion of it varies greatly. For example, he goes into great detail in pursuing and discussing mystic Christianity, but isn’t so comprehensive in discussing neo-Tantrism (i.e. Western, or sex-centric, Tantra) and his discussion of psychedelics draws heavily upon decisions / experiences made as a teenager (which, it could be argued, is a little like commenting on the Eucharist based on that time you got drunk on Boone’s Farm and scarfed down a bag of Doritos. Though, to be fair, the author is clear and cognizant that his youthful dalliances weren’t necessarily equivalent to a conscientious pursuit of heightened consciousness, but are more a warning to heed Leary’s advice on “set and setting.”) At any rate, if you are expecting immersion journalism on the level of Michael Pollan’s “How to Change Your Mind” you’ll find this book isn’t consistently on par (though it does have its moments.) That said, Evans does a fantastic job of researching the topic and presenting interesting perspectives on the subject, and he does so with humor and inquisitiveness. (I will say that in the latter chapters I sometimes found myself very intrigued by the discussion, but it would occur to me that I couldn’t see a direct link being made to the pursuit of ecstatic experience. Maybe it was just me, but if he strayed, he strayed interestingly – which is better than the alternative.)

The book consists of an introduction and ten chapters. The chapters cover such approaches to ecstasy as: religion (primarily Christianity is discussed, obviously focusing on sects and subsects that pursue [rather than shun] ecstatic experience), the arts, rock-n-roll (with an intriguing focus on its surprising resemblance to religion), psychedelic substances, meditation, neo-Tantrism, war and violence, communing with nature, and transhumanist efforts.

With the exception of Evans’ investigation into meditation, for which his experience involved Vipassana -- a nominally Theravadin Buddhist system, Evans’ book focuses heavily on Western approaches. I actually enjoyed this because it seems like there is much more discussion of Eastern approaches and those rooted in them.

The book is annotated and has a section of photos in the back as well as a few other graphics where needed.

I enjoyed this book and learned lot from it. As immersion journalism it displayed a wide variance of depth and openness, but it was well-researched and the information was delivered in a light and readable manner.
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Spacious exploration of self.
Reviewed in the United States on June 26, 2017
Reading this book made me reexamine moments of awe and ecstasy in my own life. It got me to think of deeper questions about humanity''s need for LOVE and how we have gone about searching for it. The layout is structured and the content is executed in an exhilaratingly... See more
Reading this book made me reexamine moments of awe and ecstasy in my own life. It got me to think of deeper questions about humanity''s need for LOVE and how we have gone about searching for it. The layout is structured and the content is executed in an exhilaratingly smart/sharp, and witty/comical way at times, however the subject matter can quickly get pretty serious. This whole area of ecstasy, I agree, needs further exploration and I am also in agreement of the notion proposed that we need safe places to lose control. Completely changed after reading... several other rabbit holes have been opened up!

Christopher Edwards
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Engaging, rich and wide ranging
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 11, 2018
This is an excellent book. It has an engaging writing style and interesting stories The author is astonishingly well read, weaving together theories, narratives and theory from a number of different perspectives. Of course not everyone seeks intense experiences but a lot of...See more
This is an excellent book. It has an engaging writing style and interesting stories The author is astonishingly well read, weaving together theories, narratives and theory from a number of different perspectives. Of course not everyone seeks intense experiences but a lot of us feel that we have choice, either because they are thrust upon us or we yearn for them as part of our healing and spiritual journey. But the search is rarely straightforward and there can be some side effects – so how indeed do we flourish through the use of altered states of consciousness? In answering these questions the author''s personality shines through as a true philosopher. With persistence and humility he tries to discover what the heck is going on with planet earth while having a sense of the cosmos as a vast ecosystem brimming with higher intelligences. It''s a personal story of his own search for wisdom, healing and of course ecstatic experiences. He covers a lot of ground from mystical experience, spiritual emergency, charismatic Christianity, meditation, art, dance, sexuality, music, psychedelics, fundamentalism, war and cybernetics to name a few. This book is remarkable not only for the range of ideas and the clarity with which they are expressed but also for the way on which the author brings them to life with his own and other people’s experience. Looking forward to the follow up.
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Dun Ravin'
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An entertaining book - but that''s about it
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 25, 2018
This is very a readable journey through routes that might allow you to step away from your own personality....I''m trying to come up with the most useful word here. It''s not just a look at situations where this might happen, but is punctuated by the author''s own experiences,...See more
This is very a readable journey through routes that might allow you to step away from your own personality....I''m trying to come up with the most useful word here. It''s not just a look at situations where this might happen, but is punctuated by the author''s own experiences, told with wit and candour. Throughout there''s an air of good-humoured inquisitiveness, making it a hard book to put down. However, that in the end is all it is, an interesting good read, but a bit short on analysis. In part this is because Jules Evans never adequately defines what he means by "losing control," "ecstatic experiences" or any of the other expressions he uses. There is no attempt to compare quantitively or qualitively such diverse experiences as an acid trip, being carried away at a political rally or the endorphin rush experienced by an athlete, to mention just a handful of those he describes. Some seem to get in because they spark off an interesting train of research and thought rather than be identifiably ego-leaving experiences, for example Wordsworth''s love of nature. He is also handicapped because as a philosopher he does not understand how the brain works as well as a psychologist does - some collaboration with one might have made it a more satisfying book. In the end it is a little unsatisfying, like one of those documentaries that keeps your attention by showing spectacular and unfamiliar places, but is forgotten a week later.
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Sam
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Consistently interesting
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 30, 2019
Less a philosophical investigation than a very balanced and sympathetic guided tour of the various approaches to ecstasy that populate contemporary culture.
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