Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Consciousness and the Self

Editors: Menon, Sangeetha, Sinha, Anindya, Sreekantan, B. V. (Eds.)

  • Is an original contribution to the emerging discipline of consciousness studies
  • Presents cutting-edge and original work from well-known authors and scholars in philosophy, behavioural and neurological sciences, and physics
  • Focuses on the self and awareness in humans and nonhuman primates
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About this book

This book brings together ancient spiritual wisdom and modern science and philosophy to address age-old questions regarding our existence, free will and the nature of conscious awareness.

Stuart Hameroff MD
Professor, Anesthesiology and Psychology, and Director, Center for Consciousness Studies

The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

This book presents a rich, broad-ranging overview of contemporary research and scholarship into consciousness and the self…. It is … to their credit that the editors have assembled a highly stimulating set of scholars whose expertise cover all the relevant areas. I strongly recommend the book to anyone with an interest in understanding the directions in which contemporary thinking about the nature of consciousness is headed.

B. Les Lancaster

Emeritus Professor of Transpersonal Psychology

Liverpool John Moores University, UK

This volume is a collection of 23 essays that contribute to the emerging discipline of consciousness studies with particular focus on the concept of the self. The essays together argue that to understand consciousness is to understand the self that beholds consciousness. Two broad issues are addressed in the volume: the place of the self in the lives of humans and nonhuman primates; and the interrelations between the self and consciousness, which contribute to the understanding of cognitive functions, awareness, free will, nature of reality, and the complex experiential and behavioural attributes of consciousness. The book presents cutting-edge and original work from well-known authors and scholars of philosophy, psychiatry, behavioural sciences and physics. This is a pioneering attempt to present to the reader multiple ways of conceptualizing and thus understanding the relation between consciousness and self in a nuanced manner.                                               

About the authors

Sangeetha Menon is a professor at the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bengaluru, India. She is a distinguished member of the International Society for Science and Religion; and Board Member of the International Association for Transpersonal Psychology, and Asia Consciousness Society. She has been a Visiting Professor at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies (OCHS), Oxford University, and at the Nanzan Institute of Religion and Culture, Nanzan University, Japan. Professor Menon's publications include four coedited volumes and two authored volumes. See www.consciousnessshop.com.

Anindya Sinha is a professor at School of Natural Sciences and Engineering, NIAS. His principal contributions have been in understanding the structure and evolution of the primate mind. He discovered a new species of primate, the Arunachal macaque, in northeastern India. Professor Sinha's wide-ranging research interests are in the areas of behavioural ecology and cognitive psychology of primates, animal molecular genetics, evolutionary biology, conservation biology and the philosophy of biology. He is also interested in biology education and popularisation of science, and has lectured extensively in a variety of educational and research institutions.

B.V. Sreekantan is Visiting Professor at NIAS and also Chairman, Gandhi Centre of Science and Human Values of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Bengaluru. He was Dr. Radhakrishnan Visiting Professor in 1992, Srinivasa Ramanujan Professor at the Indian National Science Academy (1987-92), and Director of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (1975--87). He has received a number of awards, including the R.D. Birla Award of the Indian Physics Association and the Padma Bhushan from the Government of India. Professor Sreekantan's interests have shifted from pure science to scientific and philosophical studies on consciousness and the exploration of commonalities and similarities in modern science and ancient philosophies.

Reviews

This book brings together ancient spiritual wisdom and modern science and philosophy to address age-old questions regarding our existence, free will and the nature of conscious awareness.

Stuart Hameroff MD,
Professor, Anesthesiology and Psychology

Director, Center for Consciousness Studies

The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

www.quantum-mind.org

 

This book presents a rich, broad-ranging overview of contemporary research and scholarship into consciousness and the self. Included in its chapters are a number of bold ideas which stretch the bounds of long-established hypotheses in these areas, especially where issues of spirituality and mysticism impinge on psychological interpretations of consciousness. There is no doubt in my mind that the conundrum of consciousness requires us to integrate high-quality material from a range of disciplines which impinge on differing aspects of the subject. It is therefore to their credit that the editors have assembled a highly stimulating set of scholars whose expertise cover all the relevant areas. I strongly recommend the book to anyone with an interest in understanding the directions in which contemporary thinking about the nature of consciousness is headed.

B. Les Lancaster

Emeritus Professor of Transpersonal Psychology

Liverpool John Moores University, UK 

 


Table of contents (23 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Menon, Sangeetha (et al.)

    Pages 1-8

  • Conscious Agency and the Preconscious/Unconscious Self

    Velmans, Max

    Pages 11-25

  • Finding the Self and Losing the Ego in the State of Pure Consciousness

    Paranjpe, Anand C.

    Pages 27-40

  • Converging on the Self: Western Philosophy, Eastern Meditation and Scientific Research

    Shear, Jonathan

    Pages 41-50

  • The Self as Organizer

    Kasturirangan, Rajesh

    Pages 51-64

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Softcover $129.00
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  • ISBN 978-81-322-3500-2
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Consciousness and the Self
Editors
  • Sangeetha Menon
  • Anindya Sinha
  • B. V. Sreekantan
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer India
Copyright Holder
Springer India
eBook ISBN
978-81-322-1587-5
DOI
10.1007/978-81-322-1587-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-81-322-1586-8
Softcover ISBN
978-81-322-3500-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 328
Number of Illustrations and Tables
6 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour
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