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Two Views of Mind: Abhidharma & Brain Science
By: deCharms

Two Views of Mind

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Author: Christopher deCharms
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1559390816
Publication Date: 1997

Product Code: 6040

For Buddhism, mind is awareness. For science, mind is a mechanism in action: the functioning of a machine which can be understood by analyzing its processes and parts. Is there anything that these two very different methods can teach each other?

In this ground-breaking work, Christopher deCharms lays out the Buddhist theory of perception side-by-side with recent discoveries of Western neuroscience on the brain activity of human cognition. He discovers insights from each system that may suggest exciting new approaches to perennial problems the other has been unable to resolve.

Two Views of Mind presents a clear and readily understandable overview of perception, thought, and awareness in both Tibetan Buddhist psychology and Western neuroscience. Directed to nonspecialists, the approach is not to seek vague similarities but to focus on the differences between the two traditions in methodology, assumptions, and purpose. In treating each with the respect it deserves, he uncovers fields of common interest where their respective insights are complementary and not contradictory.
Christopher deCharms is a cognitive neuroscientist at the Keck Center for Integrative Neuroscience at the University of California, San Francisco. His work focuses on how perceptions, thoughts, and subjective experiences can arise from the biological machinations of the brain. This question centers on what it is to be aware, both at the level of experience and at the level of the underlying neural processes. He has also investigated the understanding of mind arising from the traditions of Tibetan medicine and Tibetan psychology by working and studying with a number of Tibetan physicians and lamas.

Two Views of Mind, Christopher deCharms, Snow Lion Publications, Paperback, 1997, 242 Pages, $14.95

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