Neuroscience, Consciousness and Spirituality

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Harald Walach, Stefan Schmidt, Wayne B. Jonas
Springer Science & Business Media, Aug 31, 2011 - Psychology - 300 pages
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Neuroscience, Consciousness and Spirituality presents a variety of perspectives by leading thinkers on contemporary research into the brain, the mind and the spirit. This volumes aims at combining knowledge from neuroscience with approaches from the experiential perspective of the first person singular in order to arrive at an integrated understanding of consciousness. Individual chapters discuss new areas of research, such as near death studies and neuroscience research into spiritual experiences, and report on significant new theoretical advances.

From Harald Walach’s introductory essay, “Neuroscience, Consciousness, Spirituality – Questions, Problems and Potential Solutions,” to the concluding chapter by Robert K. C. Foreman entitled “An Emerging New Model for Consciousness: The Consciousness Field Model,” this book represents a milestone in the progress towards an integrated understanding of spirituality, neuroscience and consciousness.

It is the first in a series of books that are dedicated to this topic.

 

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Contents

An Introductory Essay
1
Mindfulness in East and West Is It the Same?
23
How We Used Ritual to Become Human
39
Neuroscience and Spirituality Findings and Consequences
56
A Riddle and a Key in Neuroscience and Spirituality
75
Generalized Entanglement A Nonreductive Option for a Phenomenologically Dualist and Ontologically Monist View of Consciousness
80
A Primer on Generalised Quantum Theory and Its Scope for Neuroscience and Consciousness Studies
97
Do They Point to Spirituality as a Solution?
108
Reconsidering the Metaphysics of Science from the Inside Out
157
Deconditioning and Changing View
195
A Concept Based on Scientific Studies of NearDeath Experiences
207
From Cognitive Neuroscience to Kabbalah and Back Again
228
Towards a Neuroscience of Spirituality
253
Sufism and Healing
263
The Consciousness Field Model
279
Index
289

How Spiritual Practice Shapes the Brain
119
Neurophysiological Correlates to Psychological Trait Variables in Experienced Meditative Practitioners
129

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About the author (2011)

Walach is Director of Research, Institute of Environmental Medicine and Hospital Epidemiology, University Hospital Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany.

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