Chapter 54. Eastern Methods for Investigating Mind and Consciousness

  1. Max Velmans and
  2. Susan Schneider
  1. Jonathan Shear

Published Online: 13 DEC 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9780470751466.ch55

The Blackwell Companion to Consciousness

The Blackwell Companion to Consciousness

How to Cite

Shear, J. (2007) Eastern Methods for Investigating Mind and Consciousness, in The Blackwell Companion to Consciousness (eds M. Velmans and S. Schneider), Blackwell Publishing, Malden, MA, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470751466.ch55

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 DEC 2007
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2007

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405120197

Online ISBN: 9780470751466

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Keywords:

  • scientific investigation;
  • meditation;
  • awareness;
  • pure consciousness;
  • applications

Summary

This chapter contains section titled:

  • The Need for Systematic First- Person Methodologies

  • Eastern Meditation Traditions

  • Research on Meditation

  • Interpreting the Research – Two Common Mistakes

  • Levels of Awareness

  • Pure Consciousness

  • Philosophical Objections to the Idea of “Pure Consciousness”

  • Research on Pure Consciousness

  • Absolutely Contentless?

  • Two Applications in the Field of Adult Development

  • Investigating Consciousness from Within

  • Changing the Observer

  • Integrating First- and Th ird- Person Methodologies

  • Sample Applications

  • Implications for Philosophy as a Whole

  • Conclusion