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The Resource Waking, dreaming, being : self and consciousness in neuroscience, meditation, and philosophy, Evan Thompson

Waking, dreaming, being : self and consciousness in neuroscience, meditation, and philosophy, Evan Thompson

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Waking, dreaming, being : self and consciousness in neuroscience, meditation, and philosophy
Title
Waking, dreaming, being
Title remainder
self and consciousness in neuroscience, meditation, and philosophy
Statement of responsibility
Evan Thompson
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A renowned philosopher of the mind, also known for his groundbreaking work on Buddhism and cognitive science, Evan Thompson combines the latest neuroscience research on sleep, dreaming, and meditation with Indian and Western philosophy of the mind, casting new light on the self and its relation to the brain. Thompson shows how the self is a changing process, not a static thing. When we are awake we identify with our body, but if we let our mind wander or daydream, we project a mentally imagined self into the remembered past or anticipated future. As we fall asleep, the impression of being a bounded self distinct from the world dissolves, but the self reappears in the dream state. If we have a lucid dream, we no longer identify only with the self within the dream. Our sense of self now includes our dreaming self, the "I" as dreamer. Finally, as we meditate--either in the waking state or in a lucid dream--we can observe whatever images or thoughts arise and how we tend to identify with them as "me." We can also experience sheer awareness itself, distinct from the changing contents that make up our image of the self. Contemplative traditions say that we can learn to let go of the self, so that when we die we can witness its dissolution with equanimity. Thompson weaves together neuroscience, philosophy, and personal narrative to depict these transformations, adding uncommon depth to life's profound questions. Contemplative experience comes to illuminate scientific findings, and scientific evidence enriches the vast knowledge acquired by contemplatives
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Thompson, Evan
Dewey number
128/.2
Index
index present
LC call number
B808.9
LC item number
T456 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 2015 K-205
  • WL 705
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Consciousness
  • Self
  • Consciousness
  • Dreams
  • Ego
  • Meditation
  • Buddhism
  • PSYCHOLOGY
  • Consciousness
  • Self
Label
Waking, dreaming, being : self and consciousness in neuroscience, meditation, and philosophy, Evan Thompson
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The Dalai Lama's conjecture -- Seeing: what is consciousness? -- Waking: how do we perceive? -- Being: what is pure awareness? -- Dreaming: who am I? -- Witnessing: is this a dream? -- Imagining: are we real? -- Floating: where am I? -- Sleeping: are we conscious in deep sleep? -- Dying: what happens when we die? -- Knowing: is the self an illusion?
Control code
ocn883206868
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xl, 453 pages
Isbn
9780231137096
Lccn
2014004887
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780231137096
  • (OCoLC)883206868
Label
Waking, dreaming, being : self and consciousness in neuroscience, meditation, and philosophy, Evan Thompson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The Dalai Lama's conjecture -- Seeing: what is consciousness? -- Waking: how do we perceive? -- Being: what is pure awareness? -- Dreaming: who am I? -- Witnessing: is this a dream? -- Imagining: are we real? -- Floating: where am I? -- Sleeping: are we conscious in deep sleep? -- Dying: what happens when we die? -- Knowing: is the self an illusion?
Control code
ocn883206868
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xl, 453 pages
Isbn
9780231137096
Lccn
2014004887
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780231137096
  • (OCoLC)883206868

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