Philosophy of Mind
The World Beyond Your Head
On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction
Paperback ISBN: 0374535914
"A groundbreaking new book from the bestselling author of Shop Class as Soulcraft In his bestselling book Shop Class as Soulcraft, Matthew B. Crawford explored the ethical and practical importance of manual competence, as expressed through mastery of our physical environment. In his brilliant follow-up, The World Beyond Your Head, Crawford investigates the challenge of mastering one's own mind. We often complain about our fractured mental lives and feel beset by outside forces that destroy our focus and disrupt our peace of mind. Any defense against this, Crawford argues, requires that we reckon with the way attention sculpts the self. Crawford investigates the intense focus of ice hockey players and short-order chefs, the quasi-autistic behavior of gambling addicts, the familiar hassles of daily life, and the deep, slow craft of building pipe organs. He shows that our current crisis of attention is only superficially the result of digital technology, and becomes more comprehensible when understood asthe coming to fruition of certain assumptions at the root of Western culture that are profoundly at odds with human nature. The World Beyond Your Head makes sense of an astonishing array of common experience, from the frustrations of airport security tothe rise of the hipster. With implications for the way we raise our children, the design of public spaces, and democracy itself, this is a book of urgent relevance to contemporary life"--
Mindfulness and the Big Questions
Philosophy for Now
Paperback ISBN: 1782404309
Why am I here? What does it all mean? These are the big questions we all ask ourselves at some point. Offering an enlightening approach to these universal conundrums this book explores how mindfulness can reveal hidden solutions to life’s mysteries. Weaving together philosophy and mindfulness to reveal how we can become wiser and happier simply by paying attention to everyday life, Dr Ben Irvine illustrates how the feeling of existential angst can be turned into a sense of wonder and opportunity. Offering a positive approach to the common problem of existential angst, he teaches how to embrace life’s uncertainties through the transformational practice of mindfulness meditation, and provides practical and thoughtful meditations for everyday life, bringing us back to the here and now.
The Integral Operating System
Hardcover ISBN: 1591793475
Upgrade the Way You Think—and Live Are you ready to ramp up the performance of your human hardware? If so, then welcome to Version 1.0 of Ken Wilber'sThe Integral Operating System. No, it's not computer software. It's a course that crystallizes Ken's lifelong investigation into the truths of Eastern and Western thought into a cutting-edge tool for sparking a revolution of your mind and spirit. Ken Wilber has spent more than three decades creating an all-embracing vision that incorporates the best elements from all of humanity's spiritual and scientific traditions into a model that reveals even deeper levels of truth—the Integral Map. Now, this profoundly versatile tool has been formatted into a multimodal "platform for the soul," one that you can self-install to accelerate the growth of your spiritual evolution, intellect, relationships with others, and even your physical health. As one of the most influential figures of human spiritual development, Ken Wilber has been called the "Einstein of consciousness." Here is an unprecedented chance for you to "download" this remarkable thinker's teachings as he illuminates the intricacies of The Integral Operating System.
The Mystery of Consciousness
Paperback ISBN: 0940322064
It has long been one of the most fundamental problems of philosophy, and it is now, John Searle writes, "the most important problem in the biological sciences": What is consciousness? Is my inner awareness of myself something separate from my body? In what began as a series of essays in The New York Review of Books, John Searle evaluates the positions on consciousness of such well-known scientists and philosophers as Francis Crick, Gerald Edelman, Roger Penrose, Daniel Dennett, David Chalmers, and Israel Rosenfield. He challenges claims that the mind works like a computer, and that brain functions can be reproduced by computer programs. With a sharp eye for confusion and contradiction, he points out which avenues of current research are most likely to come up with a biological examination of how conscious states are caused by the brain. Only when we understand how the brain works will we solve the mystery of consciousness, and only then will we begin to understand issues ranging from artificial intelligence to our very nature as human beings.
The Practice of Nada Yoga
Meditation on the Inner Sacred Sound
Paperback ISBN: 1620551810
"Meditation exercises for listening to the four levels of sound, to still the body, quiet the mind, open the heart, and connect with the Divine Details the teachings on nada yoga from the Hatha Yoga Pradipika with clear, step-by-step instructions tofind and hear the inner sacred sound of nada Explains the 4 levels of sound through a series of practical meditation exercises Includes instructions for a daily nada yoga meditation practice as well as ways to strengthen your advanced practice The ancient practice of nada yoga is not complex. It is the yoga of listening. It is a journey from the noise of the external world inward to a place of peace and bliss, to the source of the transformational power of sound--the nada. By meditating on the inner sacred sound of the nada, we can release ourselves from mind chatter and obsessive thinking. We can still the body, quiet the mind, and open the heart to create a state of mind where joy naturally arises. Sharing his experiential understanding of the classic Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Baird Hersey offers precise, step-by-step instructions on how to find the inner sound of the nada. He explains the first three levels of sound--first, how to truly hear the ordinary sounds of the world around us (vaikhari); second, how to quiet the sounds of the mind (madhyama), such as sound memories and internal dialogue; and third, how to access visual sounds (pashyanti), tapping in to our ability to see sounds and hear colors. Mastering the first three levels prepares one for the fourth level of sound (para), the heart of the practice that connects one to the inner sound of the nada. The author provides detailed exercises to guide you through each level of sound and instructions for a daily nada yoga meditation practice. Hersey explains that by focusing our minds on this internal sound we reunite our essential self with the eternal and infinite. In this re-union we find bliss in both body and mind, an uplifted spirit, and heightened states of consciousness"--
The Invention of the Modern Mind
Hardcover ISBN: 0393059650
A comprehensive history of the creation of the modern Western mind recounts how crises in religious authority and the scientific revolution led to medical, literary, and philosophical questions about the nature of human inner life.
The Stuff of Thought
Language As a Window into Human Nature
Paperback ISBN: 0143114247
The Pulitzer Prize finalist author of The Blank Slate presents an accessible study of the relationship between language and human nature, explaining how everything from swearing and innuendo to prepositions and baby names reveals facts about key human concepts, emotions, and relationships. Reprint.
Surfaces and Essences
Analogy As the Fuel and Fire of Thinking
Hardcover ISBN: 0465018475
Explains how analogies formed by our minds choose our words and phrases for us when we speak, frame how we understand the most simple everyday situation, guide us in unfamiliar situations and give rise to great acts of imagination.
Aquinas on Mind
Hardcover ISBN: 0415044154
Aquinas' mature works, though theological in intent, contain much material which is philosophical in the sense that it is not in any way dependent on beliefs which are specifically Christian. His philosophical psychology, or philosophy of mind, was not taken seriously by secular thinkers, with one or two exceptions, from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries because of the dominance of ideas deriving from Descartes. In the present century many philosophers have come to regard the Cartesian system as quite exploded, and it can now be seen that Aquinas' philosophy of mind has a great contemporary interest. This book makes accessible those parts of Aquinas' system which are of enduring value. The kernel of the work is a close reading of the sections of Summa Theologiae which are devoted to human intellect and will and to the relationship between soul and body. It presupposes no knowledge of Latin or of medieval history, and relates Aquinas' system to a tradition of philosophy of mind inaugurated in the Anglo-American community by Wittgenstein and Ryle. Anthony Kenny is unusually qualified to bring together the medieval and modern philosophical insights, since he was trained in scholastic philosophy at the Gregorian University in Rome and has taught analytic philosophy in Oxford for many years.
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El Dominio De La Conciencia
Viviendo Los Acuerdos
Spanish Paperback ISBN: 0892816953
Details the spiritual techniques practiced by ancient Toltecs which enabled them to discipline their thoughts and emotions, channel their energy into unconditional love for themselves and others, and so transform their world.