Neuroscience has become one of the major drivers of the scientific progress recently. At the same time studies of spiritual practices such as meditation reveal that these practices can have clinical and individual benefits, but can also tell us a lot about how consciousness functions. The study of consciousness from the perspective of spirituality might help us to understand how a satisfying scientific approach to consciousness would need to be crafted.
This series brings together scholarship and science that combines these views. It will publish the outcome of scientific workshops, that allow experts in their fields to discuss the general issues around these topics in a trans-disciplinary spirit. The series will also publish research monographs and edited collections that gravitate around this new topical intersection of science, consciousness studies, and spirituality or religious studies.
The guiding idea behind this series is that science is not complete if it leaves out experiential areas that are crucial for humans, and that such experiences might also be relevant for science. At the same time science, being one of the major peaceful enterprises of humankind and the driver for a global enlightenment movement might be able to inform consciousness and religious studies. The editors of this series believe in the relevance of this dialogue which needs to be radically open in both directions.
Harald Walach, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany
Stefan Schmidt, University Medical Center, Freiburg and European University
Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany
Jonathan Schooler, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, USA
Mario Beauregard, University of Montreal, Canada
Robert Forman, Jerusalem Institute of Advanced Studies, Israel
B. Alan Wallace, Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies, CA, USA
All books to be published in this Series will be fully peer-reviewed before final acceptance.