Emerging Paradigms of Consciousness Research: News and Views on Consciousness and Mind Science Connected and Gathered from around the Internet

"Only when they must choose between competing theories do scientists behave like philosophers. ~ Thomas S. Kuhn"

Altered States

Meditation and "Drugs"

It's a not-so-dirty little secret that most of today's leading meditation teachers were interested in drugs. By "drugs," of course, I don't mean alcohol or Oxycontin, but rather that subset of chemicals which our society has deemed unfit for human consumption, including cannabis, psilocybin, MDMA, and others.

Experiences of Consciousness Beyond Hypnagogia

Using introspective experiences to develop skills like Remote-Viewing, Lucid-Dreaming, Out-of-body Experiences, or for the development of Spiritual Experiences

Hypnagogia is a generic label given to sensorial perceptions that happens “automatically” – without conscious control – while falling asleep, or while awakening from sleep.

Links to a paper by By Sirley Marques Bonham, Ph.D. on Consciousness and Hypnogogia

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About the Continuity of Our Consciousness by Pim van Lommel

Dr. Pim van Lommel, a renowned cardiologist, is the first medical practitioner to have undertaken a full, systematic study of near-death experiences (NDEs).

This is a fascinating paper about his research and the general information on the various elements of the near-death-experience.

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School of Out-of-Body Travel ~ A Practical Guidebook

The practice of phase states of the mind is the hottest and most promising pursuit of the modern age. Unlike in the past, the notions of 'out-of-body travel' and 'astral projection' have already lost their mystical halo, and their real basis has been studied in minute detail from the most non-nonsense approach.

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Maxwell Cade & Exploring Biofeedback

In Max’s book The Awakened Mind, he defines biofeedback as follows: “Essentially, biofeedback is a new way of learning about ourselves, or a way of relearning, or realising for the first time, what the body already knows - how to act, how to feel, even how to heal - if we listen to it . . . biofeedback can be said to provide the means to become aware - acutely aware - of ourselves, and thereby gain the possibility of self-control.”

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Psychedelic Information Theory Shamanism in the Age of Reason

Psychedelic Information Theory: Shamanism in the Age of Reason is an examination of the nonlinear dynamics of hallucination and altered states of consciousness. By deconstructing the systems of human perception and memory Psychedelic Information Theory quantifies the limits of psychedelic perception and describes the methods by which psychedelics alter consciousness, create new information, and affect human culture. By presenting these methods in physical terms Psychedelic Information Theory offers a rational and objective model for shamanic transformation and psychedelic therapy in modern clinical practice. Written by James L. Kent.

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Our Subconscious Brain Makes The Best Decisions Possible

Researchers at the University of Rochester have shown that the human brain—once thought to be a seriously flawed decision maker—is actually hard-wired to allow us to make the best decisions possible with the information we are given. The findings are published in today's issue of the journal Neuron.

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An Interview with Charles T. Tart, Ph.D

As Dr. Charles T. Tart sees it, the world has been miraculously transformed by science and technology. This transformation has been very good in many ways, he points out in his 2009 book, The End of Materialism, but the material progress has been accompanied by a shift in our belief systems, a shift that has resulted in the “partial crushing of the human spirit” by scientism.

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THE SEAT OF THE SOUL

What is a little-known, pea-sized gland revered by metaphysicians for millennia and nicknamed the third eye or the seat of the soul? It is the pineal gland, located in the middle of the head, occupying a masterful position in regulating human function.

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but a dream within a dream.
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