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Cultivating Consciousness

An East-West Journey by: K. Ramakrishna Rao

This book contains transdisciplinary discussions on the nature of consciousness, the methods of studying it, the relevance of consciousness to our values and its role in enhancing human potentials and wellness. Chapters of Ramakrishna Rao, devoted to Yoga, Advaita and Buddhism and contrasts the Indian views with those in the West, make the book a unique collection

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ISBN: 9788124607176
Year Of Publication: 2014
Edition: 1st
Pages : x, 382 p.
Bibliographic Details : Bibliography; Indices
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 25 cm.
Weight: 900 gm.

Overview

Consciousness is the distinctive and defining future of human condition. Its study is at once fascinating and frustrating, because consciousness is too familiar to ignore and too complex and elusive to understand and explain. Many consider understanding consciousness the greatest challenge facing twenty-first-century science.
Cultivating Consciousness is an absorbing East — West dialogue on the conceptual, methodical and theoretical issues. In this unique collection of scholarly articles by eminent researchers in and exponents of consciousness studies we find transdisciplinary discussions on the nature of consciousness, the methods of studying it, the relevance of consciousness to our values and its role in enhancing human potentials and wellness. Ramakrishna Rao discusses consciousness from the perspective of classical Indian thought in separate chapters devoted to Yoga, Advaita and Buddhism, and contrasts the Indian views with those in the West.
Over all, the book gives the nature of things to come, the controversies and complexities involved and the imminent clash of paradigms. This volume is more than a study in contrast; it is an intellectual bridge that facilitates the travel and exchange between the spiritual and scientific traditions of East and West and between first-person and third-person perspectives.

Contents

Preface
Introduction
PART I
1. Does Further Progress in Consciousness Research Await a Reassessment of the Metaphysical Foundations of Modern Science?
– Willis W. Harman
2. Getting Clear about Wholeness: A Critical Response to Harman
– Stephen E. Braude
3. Facilitating the Study of Consciousness: Emerging Themes on the Frontiers of Science
– Thomas J. Hurley III
4. What Is Consciousness and Why Is It so Problematic?
– David R. Griffin
5. Some Epistemological Problems Inherent in the Scientific Study of Consciousness
– Eugene Taylor
6. Cultivating Consciousness: Some Conceptual and Methodological Issues
– K. Ramakrishna Rao
7. Embracing the Subtle: The Emerging Paradigm in Relation to the Subtle Realms
– Beverly Rubik
8. The Complementarity of Consciousness
– Robert G. Jahn
9. Mind Embodied: Computer-Generated Virtual Reality as a New, Dualistic-Interactive Model for Transpersonal Psychology
– Charles T. Tart
10. Current Hypotheses About the Nature of the Mind–Brain Relationship and Their Relationship to Findings in Parapsychology
– Jean E. Burns
11. Co-Operator Experiments with an REG Device
– Brenda J. Dunne
12. The Power of Imagination: Toward a Philosophy of Healing
– Michael Grosso
13. Inner Teachers and Transcendent Education
– Alfred S. Alschuler
14. Consciousness and Well-Being
– Neil Rossman
15. The Scene and the Screen: The Nature of Reality
– T.M. Srinivasan
16. On the Trail of Survival: A Key to Expanded Knowledge
– Claiborne Pell
PART II
17. Yoga: Theory and Techniques for Cultivating Consciousness
– K. Ramakrishna Rao
18. Vedanta: A Philosophy of Pure Consciousness
– K. Ramakrishna Rao
19. Buddhism: A Psychology of Consciousness
– K. Ramakrishna Rao
20. Two Faces of Consciousness
– K. Ramakrishna Rao
About the Contributors
Bibliography
Index

Meet the Author
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Prof. Koneru Ramakrishna Rao is currently Chancellor of GITAM University. His previous assignments include Chairman, ICPR (2006-12); President, Institute for Human Science & Service (1998- ), Executive Director, Foundation for Research on the Nature of Man, USA (1988-94); Vice-Chancellor, Andhra University (1984-87); Director, Institute for Parapsychology, Durham, NC (1976-84) and Professor of Psychology, Andhra University (1968-82). Prof. Rao was thrice President of Parapsychological Association, the US-based international society of scientists involved in parapsychological research and twice President of Indian Academy of Applied Psychology. He is currently President of the Asian Congress of Philosophy. Prof. Rao received numerous academic and civic honours, including Padmasri, D.Lit (Honoris Causa) by Andhra University and Kakatiya University and honorary degree of Doctor of Science by Acharya Nagarjuna University. Prof. Rao published twenty books and over 200 research papers. His major books include Cognitive Anomalies, Consciousness and Yoga, Gandhi and Applied Spirituality, Consciousness Studies: Cross-cultural Perspectives, Gandhi and Pragmatism, and Experimental Parapsychology.
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