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Contemplative Science : Where Buddhism and Neuroscience Converge
By: Alan Wallace

Contemplative Science: Where Buddhism and Neuroscience Converge , Columbia University Press, Alan Wallace

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Author: Alan Wallace
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780231138352
Publication Date: 2006

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Product Code: 14611

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Science has long treated religion as a set of personal beliefs that have little to do with a rational understanding of the mind and the universe. However, B. Alan Wallace, a respected Buddhist scholar, proposes that the contemplative methodologies of Buddhism and of Western science are capable of being integrated into a single discipline: contemplative science.

The science of consciousness introduces first-person methods of investigating the mind through Buddhist contemplative techniques, such as samatha, an organized, detailed system of training the attention. Just as scientists make observations and conduct experiments with the aid of technology, contemplatives have long tested their own theories with the help of highly developed meditative skills of observation and experimentation. Contemplative science allows for a deeper knowledge of mental phenomena, including a wide range of states of consciousness, and its emphasis on strict mental discipline counteracts the effects of conative (intention and desire), attentional, cognitive, and affective imbalances.

Just as behaviorism, psychology, and neuroscience have all shed light on the cognitive processes that enable us to survive and flourish, contemplative science offers a groundbreaking perspective for expanding our capacity to realize genuine well-being. It also forges a link between the material world and the realm of the subconscious that transcends the traditional science-based understanding of the self.

Contemplative Science: Where Buddhism and Neuroscience Converge, Alan Wallace, Columbia University Press, Paperback, 211 pages, $29.50

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