Cultivating Consciousness: Enhancing Human Potential, Wellness, and Healing

Cultivating Consciousness: Enhancing Human Potential, Wellness, and Healing

Cultivating Consciousness: Enhancing Human Potential, Wellness, and Healing

Cultivating Consciousness: Enhancing Human Potential, Wellness, and Healing

Synopsis

A distinguished group of philosophers, psychologists, and scientists working on the new frontiers of science discuss in this volume the nature of consciousness, the methods for studying it, its relevance to our values and for enhancing human abilities and wellness. Beginning with an examination of the metaphysical foundations of science and the need for developing a "wholeness science," in the light of consciousness research, the articles explore the nature of "wholeness," the emerging themes in consciousness studies, new models and hypotheses about the mind-brain relationship and the ways of bringing about transformation of consciousness for individual well-being as well as improving the human condition. The authors highlight the conceptual, epistemological and methodological problems inherent in the study of consciousness and suggest ways of overcoming them.

Excerpt

In a significant sense, consciousness is the defining characteristic of the human condition. Yet, the currently dominant scientific paradigm virtually ignores consciousness and renders our deeply held values irrelevant to our existence. This state of affairs has led some who believe that advances in our knowledge will lie in the area of consciousness to raise significant questions about the nature of science and its role in society. Again, those who see the incompleteness of the physicalistic worldview, the reality of anomalous phenomena such as ESP, and the intrinsic difficulties in casting consciousness in a sustainable deterministic and reductionistic mold have started to look into alternative paradigms or radical extensions/modifications of existing theoretical constructs. All these attempts portend exciting times ahead, where a clash of paradigms appears imminent.

This book gives us glimpses of the nature of things to come, the controversies and questions about assumptions, concepts, methods, and possible outcomes. In this unique collection of scholarly articles contributed by eminent researchers involved in consciousness studies, the authors discuss from a transdisciplinary perspective the nature of consciousness, the methods of studying it, its relevance to our values, and its role in enhancing human abilities and wellness.

The birth centenary of Dr. Louisa E. Rhine is the occasion for the publication of this volume, which incorporates the papers that were presented at the conference, "Cultivating Consciousness for Enhancing Human Potential, Wellness and Healing," held November 8-10, 1991, in Durham, North Carolina. Author of six books and numerous research papers, Dr. Rhine was the first lady of parapsychology for half a century. Her vast collection . . .

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