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.
Chapter Three: Cognition, Neuropsychology, and Consciousness
Cognition, Neuropsychology, and Consciousness
This chapter focuses not only on consciousness but also on the frontal lobe and its link to hypnosis and meditation. One of the major hypotheses that seems to be gaining acceptance is that the altered state of awareness as seen in several activities including hypnosis and meditation might have its major roots in the frontal lobes. When looking at consciousness, specifically at references to phenomenal consciousness (P) and access consciousness (A), there is merit in making the distinction between these two types of consciousness. One might suggest that in a deep state of concentration, as in samadhi, the entire experience may escape verbal translation, a case of phenomenal consciousness. The kinds of activities that occur in consciousness include: ...