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Consciousness Quest
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Consciousness Quest
Where East Meets West

First Edition
  • J. P. Das - Director Emeritus, JP Das Centre on Developmental & Learning Disabilities, University of Alberta, Canada


January 2019 | 328 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
Consciousness is an active area of both philosophical debates and scientific research. Consciousness Quest, rather than covering the broad spectrum of consciousness spread over multiple scientific disciplines, refocuses the quest for consciousness on a specific area where Eastern contemplative traditions, mostly in Hindu and Buddhist theories of mind, meet Western empirical research. This book is an introduction to current scientific thinking and research on consciousness and at the same time acquaints readers with the spectrum of classical and modern philosophical notions on consciousness.

 
Foreword K Ramakrishna Rao
 
Preface and Acknowledgments
 
Introduction
 
Concept of Consciousness and Indian Theories of Mind
 
Cognition, Neuropsychology, and Consciousness
 
Experience of Consciousness: Eastern Phenomenology
 
Explanations from Neuroscience
 
Consciousness and Meditation: At the Intersection of Eastern Traditions and Neuroscience
 
Foundations of Mindfulness
 
Interpretations of Mindfulness
 
A Comparison of Two Cognitive Processing Models: The Abhidhamma and PASS
 
Contemporary Western Research: From Julian Jaynes to Eckhart Tolle
 
Talking about Consciousness, Self-knowledge, Access, and Sentience
 
Materialism and Behaviorism in Eastern Philosophy and Western Psychology
 
Material Basis of Consciousness
 
Origin and Uses of Consciousness: In the Beginning Is Its End
 
Hard Problems: Legacy of Ancient Times
 
Bibliography
 
Index

A remarkable and fascinating book, explores the entire spectrum of classical and modern philosophical notions and debates the role of scientific research in understanding consciousness...a unique repository of knowledge on one of the most sought after yet the most elusive subject. Both the future and present generation of thinkers will find here a mine of authentic information, knowledge and wisdom...research scholars and students of philosophy, psychology and human behaviour will find the book extremely useful.

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