Ontology of Consciousness: Percipient Action

Ontology of Consciousness: Percipient Action

by Helmut Wautischer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262731843

ISBN-13: 9780262731843

Pub. Date: 04/30/2008

Publisher: MIT Press

The "hard problem" of today's consciousness studies is subjective experience: understanding why some brain processing is accompanied by an experienced inner life. Recent scientific advances offer insights for understanding the physiological and chemical phenomenology of consciousness. But by leaving aside the internal experiential nature of consciousness in

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The "hard problem" of today's consciousness studies is subjective experience: understanding why some brain processing is accompanied by an experienced inner life. Recent scientific advances offer insights for understanding the physiological and chemical phenomenology of consciousness. But by leaving aside the internal experiential nature of consciousness in favor of mapping neural activity,such science leaves many questions unanswered. In Ontology of Consciousness, scholars from a range of disciplines — from neurophysiology to parapsychology, from mathematics to anthropology and indigenous non-Western modes of thought — go beyond these limits of current neuroscience research to explore insights offered by other intellectual approaches to consciousness. These scholars focus their attention on such philosophical approaches to consciousness as Tibetan Tantric Buddhism, North American Indian insights,pre-Columbian Mesoamerican civilization, and the Byzantine Empire. Some draw on artifacts and ethnographic data to make their point. Others translate cultural concepts of consciousness into modern scientific language using models and mathematical mappings. Many consider individual experiences of sentience and existence, as seen in African communalism, Hindi psychology, Zen Buddhism, Indian vibhuti phenomena, existentialism, philosophical realism, and modern psychiatry.

Some reveal current views and conundrums in neurobiology to comprehend sentient intellection.

Contributors: Karim Akerma, Matthijs Cornelissen,Antoine Courban, Mario Crocco, Christian de Quincey, Thomas B. Fowler, Erlendur Haraldsson, David. J. Hufford, Pavel B. Ivanov, Heinz Kimmerle, Stanley Krippner,Armand J. Labbé, James Maffie, Hubert Markl, Graham Parkes, Michael Polemis, E Richard Sorenson, Mircea Steriade, Thomas Szasz, Mariela Szirko, Robert A.F.

Thurman, Edith L.B. Turner, Julia Watkin, Helmut Wautischer

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ISBN-13:
9780262731843
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
04/30/2008
Series:
Bradford Books Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
672
Sales rank:
1,328,547
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.12(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables

Foreword Robert A. F. Thurman Thurman, Robert A. F.

Preface Helmut Wautischer Wautischer, Helmut

Introduction Stanley Krippner Krippner, Stanley

I Expanding the Ontological Matrix 1

1 The Emptying of Ontology: The Tibetan Tantric View E. Richard Sorenson Sorenson, E. Richard 5

2 The Soul and Communication between Souls Edith L. B. Turner Turner, Edith L. B. 79

3 Consciousness and Reality in Nahua Thought in the Era of the Conquest James Maffie Maffie, James 97

4 Pre-Columbian Artistic Expressions of Indigenous Concepts of Soul in Cross-Cultural Perspective Armand J. Labbe Labbe, Armand J. 127

5 Why One Is Not Another: The Brain-Mind Problem in Byzantine Culture Antoine Courban Courban, Antoine 163

6 Soul and Paideia: On the Philosophical Value of a Dialectical Relation Michael Polemis Polemis, Michael 193

II Localizing Subjective Action 205

7 Language and the Evolution of the Human Mind Hubert Markl Markl, Hubert 209

8 Consciousness Cannot Be Explained in Terms of Specific Neuronal Types and Circumscribed Neuronal Networks Mircea Steriade Steriade, Mircea 231

9 Consciousness as a Relation between Material Bodies Pavel B. Ivanov Ivanov, Pavel B. 241

10 The Priority of Local Observation and Local Interpretation in Evaluating the "Spirit Hypothesis" David J. Hufford Hufford, David J. 273

11 Effects of Relativistic Motions in the Brain and Their Physiological Relevance Mariela Szirko Szirko, Mariela 313

12 A Palindrome: Conscious Living Creatures as Instruments of Nature; Nature as an Instrument of Conscious Living Creatures Mario Crocco Crocco, Mario 359

III Experience of Existence 395

13 The Evolution ofConsciousness in Sri Aurobindo's Cosmopsychology Matthijs Cornelissen Cornelissen, Matthijs 399

14 An Existentialist Understanding of Consciousness Julia Watkin Watkin, Julia 429

15 Toward an Ontology of Consciousness with Nicolai Hartmann and Hans Jonas Karim Akerma Akerma, Karim 449

16 Thinking Like a Stone: Learning from the Zen Rock Garden Graham Parkes Parkes, Graham 475

17 The Concept of Person in African Thought: A Dialogue between African and Western Philosophies Heinz Kimmerle Kimmerle, Heinz 507

18 Of Indian God-Men and Miracle-Makers: The Case of Sathya Sai Baba Erlendur Haraldsson Haraldsson, Erlendur 525

19 Sentient Intelligence: Consciousness and Knowing in the Philosophy of Xavier Zubiri Thomas B. Fowler Fowler, Thomas B. 549

20 Ontology of Consciousness: Reflections on Human Nature Thomas Szasz Szasz, Thomas 575

Epilogue Christian de Quincey de Quincey, Christian 587

Contributors 593

Index 605

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