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Beyond the Self - Conversations between Buddhism and Neuroscience (Hardcover): Matthieu Ricard, Wolf Singer

Beyond the Self - Conversations between Buddhism and Neuroscience (Hardcover)

Matthieu Ricard, Wolf Singer

Series: The MIT Press

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Converging and diverging views on the mind, the self, consciousness, the unconscious, free will, perception, meditation, and other topics. Buddhism shares with science the task of examining the mind empirically; it has pursued, for two millennia, direct investigation of the mind through penetrating introspection. Neuroscience, on the other hand, relies on third-person knowledge in the form of scientific observation. In this book, Matthieu Ricard, a Buddhist monk trained as a molecular biologist, and Wolf Singer, a distinguished neuroscientist-close friends, continuing an ongoing dialogue-offer their perspectives on the mind, the self, consciousness, the unconscious, free will, epistemology, meditation, and neuroplasticity. Ricard and Singer's wide-ranging conversation stages an enlightening and engaging encounter between Buddhism's wealth of experiential findings and neuroscience's abundance of experimental results. They discuss, among many other things, the difference between rumination and meditation (rumination is the scourge of meditation, but psychotherapy depends on it); the distinction between pure awareness and its contents; the Buddhist idea (or lack of one) of the unconscious and neuroscience's precise criteria for conscious and unconscious processes; and the commonalities between cognitive behavioral therapy and meditation. Their views diverge (Ricard asserts that the third-person approach will never encounter consciousness as a primary experience) and converge (Singer points out that the neuroscientific understanding of perception as reconstruction is very like the Buddhist all-discriminating wisdom) but both keep their vision trained on understanding fundamental aspects of human life.

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Imprint: MIT Press
Country of origin: United States
Series: The MIT Press
Release date: November 2017
First published: 2017
Authors: Matthieu Ricard • Wolf Singer (Director)
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover - Cloth over boards
Pages: 296
ISBN-13: 978-0-262-03694-8
Categories: Books > Humanities > Philosophy
Books > Science & Mathematics > Biology, life sciences
Books > Humanities > Philosophy > Non-Western philosophy
Books > Humanities > Philosophy > Topics in philosophy
Books > Science & Mathematics > Biology, life sciences > Life sciences: general issues
Books > Humanities > Philosophy > Non-Western philosophy > Oriental & Indian philosophy
Books > Humanities > Philosophy > Topics in philosophy > Philosophy of mind
Books > Science & Mathematics > Biology, life sciences > Life sciences: general issues > Neurosciences
Books > Philosophy > Non-Western philosophy
Books > Philosophy > Non-Western philosophy > Oriental & Indian philosophy
Books > Philosophy > Topics in philosophy
Books > Philosophy > Topics in philosophy > Philosophy of mind
LSN: 0-262-03694-0
Barcode: 9780262036948

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