Mal7 said:Part of De Mille's methodology was to put into a timeline everything that Castaneda and Don Juan did, as far as it could be determined from the novels, and then to look for inconsistencies, such as things that are first described as happening before something else, and then later after that something else, or changes in Don Juan's personality or manner as presented in the same time periods (although this can be negated by assuming Don Juan was capable of assuming all different kinds of personalities in quick succession).
i'm inclined to think Castaneda's stories are not an exact account of his experiences. perhaps he simplified and linearized much of them, so as to make the whole thing easier to follow while preserving its essence. the incosistencies might be a result of that.
Here is another quote from Castaneda's Journey about a possible source. I include this one not as further evidence of Castaneda's possible plagiarism of ideas, but on the other hand as an example of what I think is a weak point from De Mille. The matter of which ear was spoken into, left or right, could just be a coincidence, rather than something derived from western psychology:
from what i read, this seems largely representative for De Mille's method. he simply treats any analogies between Castaneda's accounts and various other esoteric and psychological writings as a proof of plagiarism on the part of the former.