Robert Newman

Newman: Goa's Shamans and the Fictive dream

Newman: Goa's Shamans and the Fictive dream

By Selma Carvalho

Issue no. 12

Newman is by no means condescending of those who visit the ashram. He seeks only to understand the fictive abstractions underlying the pan-India consciousness. Long before Yuval N. Harari in Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (Penguin, 2011) popularised the idea that the human ability to create fictions was fundamental to evolution, Newman sought to understand a pan-India consciousness