Into the Gray Zone
A Neuroscientist Explores the Border Between Life and Death
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 1501135201
A world-renowned neuroscientist reveals his controversial, groundbreaking work with patients believed to be brain dead to explain how up to 20 percent of them were still vibrantly alive, sharing his team's insights into what life may be like for such patients and the moral implications for religious organizations, politicians and families.
La mente inmortal
La ciencia y la continuidad de la conciencia más allá del cerebro
Spanish Paperback ISBN: 1620555417
Pruebas científicas de la presencia continua de la conciencia, aunque no esté vinculada con un organismo vivo • Examina los descubrimientos acerca de la supervivencia de la conciencia más allá de la vida, incluidas las experiencias cercanas a la muerte, la comunicación después de la muerte y la reencarnación • Explica cómo ello se correlaciona con exactitud con novedosas teorías físicas sobre las supercuerdas, los campos de información y las matrices energéticas • Revela que la conciencia se manifiesta en los seres vivos para continuar su evolución Laszlo y Peake plantean que la conciencia está presente ininterrumpidamente en el cosmos y puede existir sin estar vinculada con un organismo vivo. Entre las pruebas científicas en que se basa ese punto de vista figuran las experiencias cercanas a la muerte, la comunicación después de la muerte y la información neurosensorial recibida en estados alterados. Dicha persistencia de la conciencia se correlaciona con exactitud con los últimos adelantos de la Física, que postula que las cosas en nuestro plano espacio-temporal no son intrínsecamente reales sino manifestaciones de una dimensión velada en la que existen en forma de supercuerdas, campos de información y matrices energéticas.
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 New Children and Near Death Experiences
Paperback ISBN: 1591430208
The New Children and Near-Death Experiences is the first book to provide an in-depth study of children who have experienced the near-death phenomenon. The author shows that these children have experienced functional changes in the brain, possess heightened empathic abilities and intelligence, and suggests that understanding the experiences of these children can help us prepare for a quantum leap in the evolution of humanity.
A New Earth
Awakening to Your Life's Purpose
Paperback ISBN: 0452289963
Contends that humanity has an unprecedented opportunity to shift from its dangerous, ego-based state of consciousness to a saner, more loving existence, and offers practical advice on how to promote kindness and freedom.
Journeys in the Land of Illumination
1st Edition Paperback ISBN: 1594774498
"A detailed account of the transformation of consciousness and discovery of life's purpose brought on by peyote. Shows how peyote and other visionary plants do not distort reality but gloriously unveil it, pulling the mind out of its cosmic slumber and revealing our unity with all life. Explains the necessity when working with peyote to remain the master of one's mind and consciously work on oneself. Examines how modern society's revulsion to sacramental plants and other consciousness expanders is deeplyrooted in Western philosophy. Charles Duits was caught in the grip of a dead-end existential and spiritual crisis. At the urging of one of his oldest friends, he takes peyote "like a man committing suicide," launching him on a visionary journey of philosophical examination and spiritual revelation. In this little-known classic of drug literature, we find a detailed account of the radical alteration of consciousness and discovery of life's purpose brought on by the Mexican cactus known as peyote. Consuming peyote more than 200 times, Duits lucidly describes the transformation of reality he experienced as well as the necessity to consciously work on oneself and remain the master of one's mind in order to avoid getting carried away by hallucinations. The author examines how modern society's revulsion to sacramental plants and other consciousness expanders is deeply rooted in Western philosophy's embrace of reason and materialism at the expense of inner knowledge. He explains how sacramental plants do not distort reality as many fearfully believe but gloriously unveil it, pulling the mind out of its cosmic slumber and revealing a world that is finally real and full of meaning. Poetic yet precise, Duits's descriptions of his peyote experiences offer a glimpse in to the beautiful divine reality of which we are all a part, yet over which the structures of society cast a veil. This guide to "sailing the inner sea" reveals that the answers to the meaning of life lie not in material pursuits but in experiencing the richness and unity of the world in front of us"--Provided by publisher.
The Ravenous Brain
How the New Science of Consciousness Explains Our Insatiable Search for Meaning
Hardcover ISBN: 046502047x
A noted neuroscientist lays out his theory of consciousness, arguing that human consciousness evolves by gathering and scrutinizing information.
The River of Consciousness
Paperback ISBN: 0804171009
From the bestselling author of Gratitude and Musicophilia, a collection of essays that displays Oliver Sacks's passionate engagement with the most compelling ideas of human endeavor: evolution, creativity, memory, time, consciousness, and experience. Oliver Sacks, scientist and storyteller, is beloved by readers for the extraordinary neurological case histories (Awakenings, An Anthropologist on Mars) in which he explored many now-familiar disorders--autism, Tourette syndrome, face blindness. He was also a memoirist who wrote with honesty and humor about the remarkable experiences that shaped him (Uncle Tungsten, On the Move, Gratitude). In the pieces that comprise The River of Consciousness (many first published in The New York Review of Books, among other places), Dr. Sacks takes on evolution, botany, chemistry, medicine, neuroscience, and the arts, and calls upon his great scientific and creative heroes--above all, Darwin, Freud, and William James. For Sacks, these thinkers were constant companions from an early age. The questions they explored--the meaning of evolution, the roots of creativity, and the nature of consciousness--lie at the heart of science and of this book. The River of Consciousness demonstrates Sacks's unparalleled ability to make unexpected connections, his sheer joy in knowledge, and his unceasing, timeless endeavor to understand what makes us human.
Stairway to the Mind
The Controversial New Science of Consciousness
Hardcover ISBN: 0387943811
Stairway to the Mind explores one of the most exciting and controversial areas of modern science: consciousness and the nature of the mind. The book proposes that consciousness emerges from hierarchical layers of mental reality, in the same way that life emerges from layers of biological reality. The book is aimed at general readers with an interest in the mind and neuroscience, as well as a wide range of scientists whose work is related to the rapidly-growing field of neuroscience and consciousness research.