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By Arnold M. Ludwig, Arthur J. Deikman, Milton H. Erickson, Gerald Vogel, M. Bertini, David Foulkes, Frederik van Eeden, Kilton Stewart, Visit Amazon's Charles T. Tart Page, search results, Learn about Author Central, Charles T. Tart,

The examine of the character of human awareness, a dormant and infrequently taboo subject in psychology, is once more constructing right into a revered box of inquiry. this can be the 1st ebook to supply a wide clinical viewpoint for the research of quite a few certain states of attention.

The editor combines a humanistic procedure, together with an information of the nice strength richness in human adventure indicated via ASCs, with the disciplined precision of a scientist. He brings a qualified standpoint to the commentary of the more and more frequent use and resultant results of drug, Yoga, self-hypnosis, and different technique of generating ASCs that are popularly considered as comprising both a big social challenge or an indication of confident swap in a materialistic civilization.

Studies of ASCs produced through psychedlic medications, for instance, are positioned during this booklet inside a extensive, illuminating viewpoint that comes with papers on mystical reviews, hypnagogic (between waking and slumbering) states, dream realization, meditation, hypnosis, and mind wave feedback-produced states.

In this quantity, Professor Tart has introduced jointly 35 medical papers which illustrate the range of ASCs and their results, which describe many of the suggestions, either historic and smooth, for generating ASCs and, probably most vital, which convey that ASCs might be studied scientifically with no destroying their inherent human richness.

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Thus, the available evidence supports the hypothesis that a deautomatization is produced by contemplative meditation. One might be tempted to call this deautomatization a regression to the perceptual and cognitive state of the child or infant. However, such a concept rests on assumptions as to the child's experience of the world that cannot yet be verified. In an oftquoted passage, Wordsworth (1904, p. 353) writes: There was a time when meadow, grove, and stream, The earth, and every common sight, To me did seem *See Chapter 33.

Realness It is assumed by those who have had a mystic experience, whether induced by years of meditation or by a single dose of LSD, that the truthfulness of the experience is attested to by its sense of realness. " This means that if one has the actual experience he will be convinced by its intense feeling of reality. " But "realness" is not evidence. Indeed, there are many clinical examples of variability in the intensity of the feeling of realness that is not correlated with corresponding variability in the reality.

8, 1965, pp. 17-33. 45 46 SPECIAL INOUIRY WITH ALDOUS HUXLEY method of thinking and his own unique use of his unconscious mind which we had discussed only briefly sometime previously. Huxley was particularly interested in hypnosis and previous exceedingly brief work with him had demonstrated his excellent competence as a deep somnambulistic subject. It was realized that this meeting would be a preliminary or pilot study, and this was discussed by both of us. Hence we planned to make it as comprehensive and inclusive as possible without undue emphasis upon completion of any one particular item.

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