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"Trained in mathematics, mechanical engineering, and philosophy, Combs attempts to present in The Radiance of Being the full theory of human consciousness, and deal with it competently and creatively. This book will be required reading for any serious student of the mystery of what we are, and are to become." -Word Trade: A Readers Guide to Recent Books and New Media

"This book will be required reading for any serious student of the mystery of what we are." -Herbert Guenther, Buddhist scholar

"Here Combs transcends the faded antimony of "The Two Cultures" and demonstrates the unity of human knowledge in his lucid synthesis of modern brain dynamics with a broad sweep of history and mythology. It is a stunning achievement." -Walter Freeman M.D.,

"Combs proceeds to show us not just in words, but in a compelling journey through the research and theory of both Eastern and Western philosophy and science what consciousness seems to be in all its many dimensions. I think his book will be a benchmark for a long time to come." -David Loye, Ph.D., Author of The Sphinx and the Rainbow; Center for Partnership Studies

"Allan Combs...adroitly presents the grand possibility that systems/complexity theory, cognitive neuroscience, and the great mystical traditions can work together to illuminate that most ordinary yet mysterious power we all possess, which Combs prefers to call "subjective presence" or more plainly, "consciousness".... Combs centers his reader in a consciousness that beholds the entire living museum and artifice of mental structures while also describing the most evolved, if distant-sounding stages in the evolution of consciousness. If while reading The Radiance of Being you become a bit giddy, perhaps it will be because Combs' words and incisive quotes have guided you into, then out of the labyrinth of the mind and onto that "farther shore" where only the One Shines, ever-new." -Stuart Sovatsky, California Institute of Integral Studies, Cybernetics & Human Knowledge, Vol. 6, No. 4, 1999

"There is a new interest in the nature of consciousness in the scientific and scholarly communities, an interest vitally needed in our times of fragmented and forgotten values. Too often, though, this interest is too specialized, too narrow. It is refreshing to find Combs, in The Radiance of Being, prepared to deal with the full spectrum of human consciousness, and deal with it both competently and creatively!" -Charles Tart, Transpersonal Psychologist; author of Waking Up

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Allan Combs teaches at the University of North Carolina, Asheville, and The Saybrook Institute in San Francisco. He is the author of over fifty articles, chapters, and books on consciousness and the brain. His recent books include Synchronicity: Science, Myth, and the Trickster with Mark Holland. He is the cofounder of The Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology and belongs to the 100-member Club of Budapest.
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Product Details

  • Series: Omega Book
  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Paragon House; 2 edition (October 22, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155778812X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557788122
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,083,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a must book for those interested in integral studies. While much of the work is similar to Ken Wilber's at least in structure, this book in many ways transcends Wilber's works with some real original thinking. Not surprisingly, the author is an authority on integral thought without trying to parrot Ken Wilber's view. Combs is a very clear and insightful writer, with no polemic axe to grind nor does he cling only to his view.
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I would have to agree with the previous reviewer. This book is, I daresay, soon to be a classic within the transpersonal/integral/consciousness field. It is a pure reflection of the author with a generous dose of inspiration and objectivity (as far as Wilber is concerned). Though I understand the caution with which recommendations are concerned I still feel that this book is recommended reading for all students of transpersonal, consciousness, and transformative disciplines. For those who are familiar with Wilber's work, this is especially true. For all other purposes, it is a hallmark of future evolutionary development. Do not pass it up.

Yours truly, Ph.D. student at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology
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Few books that traverse domains as diverse as neuroscience, chaos theory, and spirituality can maintain accessibility and be a good read, but The Radiance of Being does just that. It's my go-to book to introduce people to integral theory, but in all honesty it holds a lot for those of us who are already familiar with integral. On top of all, it has a section on living the integral life - taking the strong theoretical base into the realm of practice.
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