"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
About the Author
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.