The Evolution of the Self

This paper is about the biological and cognitive origins of the self. The target papers in the JCS special issue ‘A new approach to studies of the self’ give insights into the experience of the self and release from self. But some scientific questions remained unanswered, notably: What is the self? Why is it so destructive in its impact on …

JCS Vol. 23, No. 1–2, January/February 2016 – Editorial Introduction

Nini Praetorius Editorial Introduction In the formidable amount of literature within philosophy, psychology, psychoanalysis, and more recently within the neurosciences and psychiatry, one finds a plethora of different notions and approaches to the self. Whilst most researchers and scholars taking part in the discussion about the self can agree, minimally, that it is natural for us to have a ‘sense …

Table of Contents – JCS Vol. 23, No. 1–2, January/February 2016

Journal of Consciousness Studies controversies in science & the humanities A New Approach to Studies of the Self: Its Development, Function, and Relation to Consciousness Special Issue edited by Nini Praetorius and Simon Høffding 4      About Authors 8      Editorial Introduction                                                     Nini Praetorius Part 1: Target Papers by Spiritual Masters 14      Experience, Self, and Individual Consciousness      A.H. Almaas 32      Adyashanti’s Teaching …

New book out: Spinoza- Basic Concepts

Spinoza: Basic Concepts explores key concepts involved in Spinoza’s thinking, relating it to his understanding of philosophy, outlining the arguments and explaining the implications of each concept. Together, the chapters cover the full range of Spinoza’s interdisciplinary system of philosophy.   Available now from the Imprint Academic Bookshop

JCS Vol. 22, No. 11–12, November/December 2015 Table of Contents

Journal of Consciousness Studies controversies in science & the humanities Insights into the First-Person Perspective and the Self: An Interdisciplinary Approach Special Issue edited by Mihretu P. Guta and Sophie Gibb 4      About Authors 8      Editorial Introduction                                             Mihretu P. Guta Part One: Selfhood/Personhood and the First Person 20      Self, Bodies, and Self-Reference: Reflections on Jonathan Lowe’s Non-Cartesian Dualism                                                                                                                  José Luis …

Vol. 22, No. 11–12, November/December 2015 Editorial Introduction

Mihretu P. Guta Editorial Introduction 1. The Questions and the Background The essays in this volume focus on the notion of the first-person pro­noun ‘I’, the notion of the self or person,[1] and the notion of the first-person perspective. Let us call these the three notions. Ever since Descartes set the initial tone in his Meditations, modern philosophical controversies concerning …

Response to Kozuch’s recent JCS paper (vol 22 no 9-10 (2015)) on problems with NCC..

Recently a series of papers (Kriegel, Hohwy and Bayne, Kozuch, Cohen and Dennett, Noe and Thompson and others) casts serious doubt on the conceptual validity and methodological soundness of the NCC project. I enjoyed Kozuch’s paper on the limitations of the NCC and especially his conclusion that Block’s (2007) claim that ‘finding whatever neural property P is the neural natural …

CARTESIAN THEATRE

I enjoyed reading the arguments in the paper by Dolega and Dewhurst in JCS Vol. 22 No. 9-10, 2015, but it surprises me that any discussion of Cartesian Theatres and Bayesian frameworks can take place without mentioning any structures in the brain. The futility of this approach can be illustrated by the ‘connectogram’ figure on page 377 of Nature 15 …

Vimal, R. L. P., & Bhardwaj, S. (2015). Metaphysics, Science, Religion, and Spirituality: Bringing them Closer via Extended Dual-Aspect Monism (Dvi-Pakṣa Advaita).

Abstract We need both science and religion in our daily lives, but they have opposite foundations. The dominant metaphysics (foundation) of science is materialism: non-mental matter is fundamental and mind somehow arises from it, which is close to eastern Cārvāka/Lokāyata view. However, religion is based on: (a) idealism, where non-material mind is fundamental and matter-in-itself somehow congeals from it, which is …

Vimal, R. L. P. (2015). Meanings attributed to the term ‘Spirituality’ and Science underlying it: extended Dual-Aspect Monism.

Abstract Spirituality (आध्यात्मिकता: Ādhyayātmiktā), as self-transcendence (self-forgetfulness, transpersonal identification, and mysticism), started in northwest Indian subcontinent during the Indus Valley Civilization since Rig-Vedic period (astronomical-sky-view 8000-4000 BC). There are over 55 meanings attributed to the term ‘spirituality’, which were categorized in two groups: religion-based and science-based spirituality. Any person (theists, atheists, agnostics, humanists, hedonists, and so on) can be spiritual. …