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Consciousness at the Crossroads: conversations with the Dalai Lama on brainscience and buddhism

Consciousness at the Crossroads: conversations with the Dalai Lama on brainscience and buddhism
HH Dalai Lama XIV
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ISBN / SKU
9781559391276
Format
Paperback
Pages
184
Dimensions
228 x 152
Description
Organized by the Mind and Life Institute, this discussion addresses some of the most troublesome questions that have driven a wedge between Western science and religion. Consciousness at the Crossroads resulted from meetings of the Dalai Lama and a group of eminent neuroscientists and psychiatrists. Is the mind an ephemeral side-effect of the brain's physical processes? Are there forms of consciousness so subtle that science has not yet identified them? How does consciousness happen? The Dalai Lama's incisive, clear approach and open-minded pursuit of knowledge both challenges and offers inspiration to Western scientists.

"The book consists primarily of dialogue and intense, frank conversations between the Dalai Lama and participants… The Dalai Lama's clear approach and open-minded pursuit of knowledge faciliates an important bridge between Western science and the Buddhist empirical observation of mental processes. For the reader, this interfacing offers immediately relevant and interesting material regarding the working of one's brain and mind."
—Branches of Light of Banyon Books

"…both informative and well-balanced seeking to further the dialogue rather than asserting the superiority of one tradition over another."
—Pacific World.
Contents
Introduction
1. Opening Remarks: Brain Science as a Path to World Peace
2. Toward a Natural Science of the Mind
The Philosophical Roots of Science
On Perception, Representation, and Conceptualization
Mind and Brain: One and the Same?
A Materialist Critique of Dualism
The Technological Bias of Mind/Brain Metaphors
3. A Buddhist Response
A Middle Path between Dualism and Materialism
4. The Spectrum of Consciousness: From Gross to Subtle
When Does Consciousness Begin?
On Specialization and Adaptation
The Continuity of Subtle Consciousness
Cosmology and the Origins of Consciousness
5. Mapping Brain Functions: The Evidence of Damage
to Specific Brain Regions
Categorical Distinctions in Consciousness
The Brain’s Representation of Body Awareness
6. Subliminal Awareness and Memories from Previous Lives
7. Steps toward an Anatomy of Memory
Memory Reenacts Perception
Isolating Memory: The Evidence of Damage
Different Types of Memory
8. Brain Control of Sleeping and Dreaming States
Measuring Sleep and Dream Cycles
Neuronal Controls of Sleeping, Dreaming, and Waking
What is the Purpose of Dreaming?
Lucid Dreaming
9. Manifestations of Subtle Consciousness
10. What Constitutes Scientific Evidence?
11. Psychiatric Illnesses and Psychopharmacology
Noninvasive Imaging: A Window on the Brain
Classifying Mental Illnesses
Advances in Psychopharmacology
The Genetic Inheritance of Mental Illness
12. The Limits of Intervention
13. A Buddhist Deconstruction of the Mind’s Self
14. In Conclusion: Building Bridges
15. Afterword: Buddhist Reflections by B. Alan Wallace
Appendix: About the Mind and Life Institute
Notes
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