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Symposium on Consciousness Paperback – April 1, 1977

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  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (April 28, 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140044124
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140044126
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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These papers were presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in February 1974. The symposium "was conceived and arranged by Philip R. Lee and Robert E. Ornstein [author of The Psychology of Consciousness, etc.], the book by Robert E. Ornstein, in conjuction with the Institute for the Study of Human Knowledge."

Ornstein states, "It is our hope in this symposium to consider a very few elements of this new science: research on the two sides of the brain, implications of our biological duality, research on meditation and differing modes of appreciation of reality, and a proposal for a new strategy for research in consciousness involving the concept of 'discrete states' of consciousness." (Pg. 25)

One essayist says about mystic experience, "we can understand renunciation as a strategy to establish the receptive mode as the dominant orientation and to intensify its effects. In most spiritual disciplines a psychosocial system has been developed for use in a monastery or ashram, where technical exercises, communal living, and ideology are integrated to bring about change." (Pg. 81) Later, he adds, "The basic point I shall try to make... is that our ordinary consciousness is not at all a natural GIVEN, but a CONSTRUCTION, and, in many important ways, a rather arbitrary construction." (Pg. 91)

In his essay, Charles Tart [author of Altered states of consciousness, etc.] says, "In reading Carlos Castaneda's fascinating accounts of his work with don Juan...
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