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Ss itself distinct from the changing contents that make up our image of the selfContemplative traditions say that we can learn to let go of the self so that when we die we can witness its dissolution with euanimity Thompson weaves together neuroscience philosophy and personal narrative to depict these transformations adding uncommon depth to life's profound uestions Contemplative experience comes to illuminate scientific findings and scientific evidence enriches the vast knowledge acuired by contemplativ. Triangulating between Buddhism neuroscience and phenomenology Thompson offers a thought provoking challenging engagement with the fundamental uestion of whether there s any such thing as the self His point of departure is the ongoing conversation between the Dalai Lama and scientists researching the realtionship between brain and various states of consciousness Thompson foregrounds the Dalai Lama s speculation that although it would conflict with most traditional Buddhist teachings it s possible that consciousness may be inextricably grounded in the material brain Throughout Thompson properly insists that western science needs to surrender a bit of its arrogance and take reports on subjective states of consciousness especially those provided by Buddhist monks with long experience of meditation seriously He s also aware that there s a core group of neuroscientists Richard Davidson at UW Madison is probably the hub of the network who are actively and productively working with multiple understandings of consciousness Most of all Thompson wants a true open honest respectful dialog and Waking Dreaming Being is an important step towards itThe title refers to the differences all scientifically verifiable but not transparent in significance between the ways the brain and consciousness work during wakefulness dreaming sleep and deep dreamless sleep which may or may not to point towards the existence of some sort of self that s not identifiable with the I Me Mine states of mind a ground of being that underlies the other types of consciousness He s very interesting when he discusses the reality and importance of lucid dreams in which the dreamer remains conscious in some form of what s happening in the dream It s something I ve experienced during decades of Jungian dreamwork but I d never made the sorts of connections Thompson suggests I was absolutely fascinated to learn that sleep experimenters have been able to train lucid dreamers to communicate what they re dreaming with the outside world It ll take a while for that to sink inThe final chapter of the book advances the hypothesis that the self exists as process Thompson calls it I making rather than as essence something external or transcendent you can point to It s an idea that has many different phrasings and I m basically inclined to accept it But Thompson s conclusion was nonetheless slightly disappointing since he develops the argument almost entirely on a philosophical plane albeit one that remains aware of the neuroscience and informed by Buddhist texts I certainly didn t expect him to resolve all of the issues he introduced but I did hope for a slightly synthetic resolutionThat caveat aside I m extremely happy to have read this book Thompson s very clear that a huge amount of research remains to be done and I ll be following the story as it unfolds

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Waking Dreaming Being

A renowned philosopher of the mind also known for his groundbreaking work on Buddhism and cognitive science Evan Thompson combines the latest neuroscience research on sleep dreaming and meditation with Indian and Western philosophy of mind casting new light on the self and its relation to the brainThompson shows how the self is a changing process not a static thing When we are awake we identify with our body but if we let our mind wander or daydream we project a mentally imagined self into the remembered. This is one of the most uniue and important books of our time and maybe beyond our time I discovered this book in a most unlikely place it was recommended by Swami Sarvapriyananda You would never think a Hindu Swami would recommend a book on Western neuroscience But this is what makes Thompson s book different to the rest Thompson himself was brought up on Eastern philosophy especially Buddhism But the link between Sarvapriyananda and Thompson is that in Waking Dreaming Being the organizing principle comes from the first recorded map of consciousness found in the ancient Indian texts known as the Upanishads According to the Upanishads there are four states of consciousness There are the common states of waking dreaming and dreamless sleep and then there is the fourth states of pure awareness turiya which is found in the Mandukya Upanishad arguably the most important Upanishad for that fact This idea of pure awareness pervades Eastern thought even Buddhism Modern science and most people in general assume that consciousness has a biological origin most likely in the brain But contemplatives in the East have studied consciousness for thousands of years and believe that pure awareness is not located in our brain it has no physical origins what philosopher David Chalmers calls the hard problem of consciousness This is where Thompson s experience as a Western philosopher and scientist along with his years of studying the great Eastern traditions are all beneficial He goes into detail and makes a claim for both sides is the idea of pure consciousness still a phenomenon of the brain or is it beyond the physical world In the end he offers some of the most uniue research and insights on the subject of pure awareness in Eastern philosophy

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Past or anticipated future As we fall asleep the impression of being a bounded self distinct from the world dissolves but the self reappears in the dream state If we have a lucid dream we no longer identify only with the self within the dream Our sense of self now includes our dreaming self the I as dreamer Finally as we meditate either in the waking state or in a lucid dream we can observe whatever images or thoughts arise and how we tend to identify with them as me We can also experience sheer awarene. A challenging read but also an incredibly original and compelling approach to the uestion of consciousness and animal minds There was a great review of this book in the New York Times in which the reviewer remarked that More than evolution than inexhaustible arguments over God s existence the real fault line between science and religion runs through the nature of consciousness am not sure this is true since the scientists themselves find themselves in an explanatory gap which is unable to bridge where mind maps to the brain and what the mechanism is That is why we have theories ranging from Christof Koch s IIT theory to neuro nihilists like Dennett and Hoftstadter to those like Chalmers and maybe the author of this book who are tackling the issue in terms of energy fields and even to that of seeing consciousness as a fundamental emergent phenomenon like energy or time Koch has even entertained via the lens of M superstates Many forms of Buddhism coincide with the neuro nihilist view of the self as a mirage or illusion Thompson sympathetic to Indian and Tibetan contemplative traditions does not go down this route and sees consciousness as a process Something that is real but continuously emergent He explores this notion by looking at what happens to our minds when we sleep and dream This aspect of the book is absolutely fascinating The chapters on death and enlightenment are uite moving Highly recommend this one most interesting read so far in 2019


10 thoughts on “Waking Dreaming Being

  1. says:

    Really liked the book although it wasn't always easy to read and I'm sure 10% of it whooshed right past me Great mixture of Eastern

  2. says:

    I'm always eager to read any book that combines Buddhism science and philosophy Love this stuff Sections of Thompson's book are fascinating insightful and truly enlightening But the mind numbing scientific data and uber dense analytic language wore me down and became overwhelming and joy killing Too bad

  3. says:

    This is one of the most uniue and important books of our time and maybe beyond our time I discovered this book in a most unlikely place it was recommended by Swami Sarvapriyananda You would never think a Hindu Swami would recommend a book on Western neuroscience But this is what makes Thompson's book different t

  4. says:

    A curet's egg While I thouroughly admired the ideas explored here and the enormous scientific acumen of the author I think that the task he's

  5. says:

    A challenging read but also an incredibly original and compelling approach to the uestion of consciousness and an

  6. says:

    This promises to be a terrific reading experience but I have a compliant The construction of this book by a major university press is dismal I h

  7. says:

    Intriguing reviews at NYT and NDPR

  8. says:

    Triangulating between Buddhism neuroscience and phenomenology Thompson offers a thought provoking challenging engagement with the fundamental uestion of whether there's any such thing as the self His point of departure is the ongoing conversation between the Dalai Lama and scientists researching the realtionship between brain and various states of consciousness Thompson foregrounds the Dalai Lama's speculati

  9. says:

    “In the Yogācāra model of the workings of consciousness an individual mental stream that’s capable of conceiving of itself as a subject of experience does so by drawing on a subliminal repository of psychological information ab

  10. says:

    Superb book that will be revisited throughout my lifetime Planning to add a deeper review after a reread

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