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Altered States of Consciousness [Paperback]

Charles T. Tart
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Psychological Processes; 3 Revised edition (June 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0685596842
  • ISBN-13: 978-0685596845
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,251,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Study on ASC January 4, 2013
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There has been a number of debates, ranging from psychologists to philosophers, from scientists to theologists, from shamans to neuroscienctists, over the concept of "consciousness" for a long, long time. But, the "consciousness" is usually defined as a state of awareness or perception of one's surroundings and one's own state of mind - of being conscious. Now, we have a different concept that is related: altered states of consciousness (or ASC, for short), which Tart has defined as "qualitative shift in his pattern of mental functioning, that is, he feels not just a quantitative shift (more or less alert, more or less visual imagery, sharper or duller, etc.), but also that some quality or qualities of his mental processes are different" (p. 1). This usually means that a person would experience a different perception in space-time or distortion of one's visual perception or dissolution of one's sense of self.

Now here we have a book, as edited by Charles Tart, that is a collection of essays, first published in 1969 and updated by 1990, that explores the concept of ASC and covers the effects of drugs, meditation, hypnosis, and dreams. These essays were written by a number of well-known figures, including William James, Arthur C. Hastings, Milton H. Erickson, Wolfgang Luthe, and even include four essays by Dr. Tart himself. This book, consisted of 650+ pages, goes on for thirty-five chapters with eight sections. These sections focus on a general discussion on ASC, hypnagogic state, dreams, meditation, hypnosis, psychedelic drugs (both minor and major), and the psycho-physiology of ASC. Most of these essays can be technical but interesting while others are less and more insightful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A WIDE-RANGING COLLECTION OF READINGS July 27, 2011
Dr. Charles T. Tart (born 1937) is an American psychologist and parapsychologist, and one of the founders of the field of transpersonal psychology (he formerly taught at UC Davis). He is currently a Core Faculty Member at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and a Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences. He has also written The End of Materialism: How Evidence of the Paranormal Is Bringing Science and Spirit Together, Body Mind Spirit: Exploring the Parapsychology of Spirituality, Transpersonal Psychologies, etc.

He wrote in the Introduction to the First Edition (1968) of this book, "An altered state of consciousness for a given individual is one in which he clearly feels a QUALITATIVE shift in his pattern of mental functioning... This book is concerned with those states of consciousness in which the individual feels one or more qualitative ... shifts in mental functioning, so that he believes himself to be in an ASC."

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"When I created the first edition of (this book) back in 1968, I had some ambivalence about including this paper... I had some concern about its factuality... What mainly convinced me to include the paper, though, was the fact that as a child I had independently discovered and practiced the essence of dream control work..." (Pg. 202)
"Some ...
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4.0 out of 5 stars An eye opening explanation of the altered states January 26, 1999
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This selection stirred my couriousity and sparked my interest in finding the ultimate reality. We are all on a quest man. A quest to reveal what we lies in our thoughtless minds. An informational and enjoyable read.
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