Consciousness Explained Better: Towards an Integral Understanding of the Multifaceted Nature of Consciousness / Edition 1

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Overview

Consciousness Explained Better is a unique contribution. This compact volume represents thousands of years of humanity's struggle to understand consciousness from a wide variety of perspectives. It is an up-to-date digest of the search in bite-sized chapters. Allan Combs has managed to encapsulate and synthesize vast bodies of thought and research without dilution. He has made even the most mind-twisting arguments and questions comprehensible, and he has brought forward scholarship and rigorous inquiry in language that speaks to the heart as well as the head. This book satisfies with its comprehensiveness yet intrigues with all that still remains enigmatic. It brings forward the yearning, the brilliance, the awe, and the outrageous audacity of our search to understand conscious. It reminds us that, in a world where much of our lives on a mundane basis has been reduced to the trivial, the logistical, and the manageable, everything about that world and about ourselves is still completely beyond our grasp. We still live and move in the Great Mystery. —From the Foreword by Jenny Wade, author of Changes of Mind and Transcendent Sex

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Editorial Reviews

Author of The Integral Vision - Ken Wilber
Allan Combs has written the finest book on consciousness in modern times, bar none. I give it my very highest recommendation.
author of Changes of Mind and Transcendent Sex - Jenny Wade
Consciousness Explained Better is a unique contribution. This compact volume represents thousands of years of humanity’s struggle to understand consciousness from a wide variety of perspectives. It is an up-to-date digest of the search in bite-sized chapters. Allan Combs has managed to encapsulate and synthesize vast bodies of thought and research without dilution. He has made even the most mind-twisting arguments and questions comprehensible, and he has brought forward scholarship and ri
The Noetic Post - Institute of Noetic Sciences
It is the synthesis of Combs's decades of study and experience condensed into a single volume, and his recognition that the study of consciousness has reached an evolutionary moment of choice.
author of Integral Consciousness and the Future of Evolution - Steve McIntosh
Using a friendly and engaging writing style, Dr. Allan Combs's book Consciousness Explained Better examines the most advanced thinking to date on the compelling subject of human consciousness. Professor Combs' own profound understanding of the field results in a clarity of focus that takes us to the heart of the matter. Moreover, as a prominent thinker within the integral philosophy movement, he writes with deep knowledge and abiding authority on the newly emerging "way of seeing" known as integ
founder of the Esalen Institute - Michael Murphy
Allan Combs brings new firepower to consciousness studies, joining Ken Wilber and others who are integrating contemporary research in neuroscience, evolutionary psychology, and other fields with the lore of the sacred traditions. This book is like Luke Skywalker's torpedo headed straight into the Death Star of reductive materialism.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557788832
  • Publisher: Paragon House Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Allan Combs teaches at the University of North Carolina, Asheville, and The Saybrook Institute in San Francisco. He is the author of over fifty articles, chapters, and books on consciousness and the brain. His recent books include Synchronicity: Science, Myth, and the Trickster with Mark Holland. He is the cofounder of The Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology and belongs to the 100-member Club of Budapest.
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"Consciousness Explained Better is a unique contribution. This compact volume represents thousands of years of humanity's struggle to understand consciousness from a wide variety of perspectives. It is an up-to-date digest of the search in bite-sized chapters. Allan Combs has managed to encapsulate and synthesize vast bodies of thought and research without dilution. He has made even the most mind-twisting arguments and questions comprehensible, and he has brought forward scholarship and rigorous inquiry in language that speaks to the heart as well as the head. This book satisfies with its comprehensiveness yet intrigues with all that still remains enigmatic. It brings forward the yearning, the brilliance, the awe, and the outrageous audacity of our search to understand conscious. It reminds us that, in a world where much of our lives on a mundane basis has been reduced to the trivial, the logistical, and the manageable, everything about that world and about ourselves is still completely beyond our grasp. We still live and move in the Great Mystery."
----From the Foreword by Jenny Wade, author of Changes of Mind and Transcendent Sex
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Table of Contents

Tables and Figures

Ch. 1 A Word Worn Smooth 1

Ch. 2 Never at Rest 9

Ch. 3 Four Streams of Experience 13

Ch. 4 From One Great Blooming, Buzzing Confusion 21

Ch. 5 The Adult Mind 35

Ch. 6 States and Structures of Consciousness 49

Ch. 7 The Hierarchy of Minds 77

Ch. 8 Horizontal and Vertical Evolution of Consciousness 103

Ch. 9 The Many Faces of Integral Consciousness 135

Endnotes 151

Bibliography 165

Index 173

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