Authentic Knowing: The Convergence of Science and Spiritual Aspiration

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Purdue University Press, 1996 - Philosophy - 228 pages
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What is the meaning of life? Where does everything come from? Why is anything? In Authentic Knowing, Imants Baruss shows us how we might transform ourselves so that we can come closer to answering these existential questions. Baruss argues persuasively that our knowledge is limited by the interpretations of experiences provided by the society around us. These include the materialistic explanations belonging to a traditional scientific worldview, which can account for neither the nature of matter nor anomalous phenomena, such as near-death experiences. However, authenticity, the effort to act on the basis of one's own understanding, can form the basis for answers to existential and scientific questions. Authentic Knowing is an accessible and humane presentation of our most basic concerns and draws on a wide variety of disciplines, including philosophy, psychology, and theoretical physics. Enhanced with the author's own varied experiences and copious references for those who seek to read further, this book will appeal to and challenge scientists, psychologists, and all those who have ever asked about the meaning of life.
 

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Contents

Introduction Authentic Knowing
1
Authenticity
6
Inauthenticity
7
Ways of Valuing
11
Compliance
13
Being True to Oneself
18
Psychosynthesis
21
Guidance
25
Theory A Theosophical Model of Reality
92
Theosophy
95
Levels of Consciousness and Reality
96
Etheric Phenomena
101
Astral Phenomena
106
Initiation
110
The New Age
114
Selftransformation Adventures and Misadventures of a Spiritual Aspirant
119

Science What Happens When Science Encounters the Sublime
29
Beliefs about Consciousness and Reality
30
The Nature of Matter
33
The Nature of Science
37
The Social Psychology of Science
42
Anomalies
48
Alternative Research Methods
54
Transcendence The Promise of Enlightenment
59
The Meaning of Life
60
Meditation
64
Enlightenment
70
Examples of Meditative Experiences
77
Wolffs Introceptualism
79
Mathematics of Transcendence
85
Perseverance
120
Personality Integration
126
Discernment
129
Interpretation of Symbols
133
Pathology
136
Channeling
139
Conclusion The Convergence of Science and Spiritual Aspiration
146
GLOSSARY
151
Selected Biographies
163
NOTES
167
REFERENCES
189
INDEX
217
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