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.

A Comparison of Two Cognitive Processing Models: The Abhidhamma and PASS

A comparison of two cognitive processing models: The Abhidhamma and PASS

In this chapter, we compare a contemporary theory of intelligence, PASS (planning, attention, simultaneous, and successive processing), with the Abhidhamma (Bodhi, 1993; Thera, 1998), a complex compendium of Buddhist model of cognition. In Part I of the chapter, a brief description and review of the PASS theory are presented. In Part II, a general compatibility of the four PASS processes and the Abhidhamma concepts are analyzed. Of special importance are the following: Abhidhamma does not explicitly define intelligence. Rather it is primarily concerned with indicating the process and method by which an individual can come to obtain true knowledge (prajna in Sanskrit) that is ...

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