Consciousness is an active area of both philosophical debates and scientific research. Consciousness Quest, rather than covering the broad spectrum of consciousness spread over multiple scientific disciplines, refocuses the quest for consciousness on a specific area where Eastern contemplative traditions, mostly in Hindu and Buddhist theories of mind, meet Western empirical research. This book is an introduction to current scientific thinking and research on consciousness and at the same time acquaints readers with the spectrum of classical and modern philosophical notions on consciousness.

Materialism and Behaviorism in Eastern Philosophy and Western Psychology

Materialism and behaviorism in Eastern philosophy and Western psychology

An old friend of mine, who had come to terms with the doctor's diagnosis of his condition as a case of paranoid schizophrenia, found the exact spot in his brain where a radiotransmitter was located. It was the source of the voices in his head. Lest the doctors didn't believe it, he carried with him a popular book on physiology of the brain. The location, somewhere in the temporal lobe, was highlighted. Was he a materialist, explaining his conscious experience of intermittent hearing of voices?

Another acquaintance from India was chasing away snakes that he saw coming toward him; the snakes had come loose from the garland of snakes ...

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