Altering Consciousness

Altering Consciousness : Multidisciplinary Perspectives

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This authoritative, multidisciplinary overview of altered states of consciousness (ASC) shows how their study is necessary to gain a fundamental understanding of human culture, history, and biology. * Contains various illustrations in the two volumes * Presents a bibliography of representative references to the literature on altered states across various disciplines and languages * Provides convenient cross-referencing of subjects across chaptersshow more

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  • Hardback | 800 pages
  • 162.56 x 241.3 x 68.58mm | 1,564.89g
  • Praeger Publishers Inc
  • Westport, United States
  • English
  • 0313383081
  • 9780313383083
  • 551,093

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"Cardena and Winkelman have produced two valuable collections on non-ordinary states of consciousness ... There is much to learn here: no serious scholar of consciousness should be without these volumes on their shelf. " - Journal of Consciousness Studies "In summary, Altering Consciousness: Multidisciplinary Perspectives edited by Cardena and Winkelman provides an invaluable resource for the professional engaged in research, teaching, or clinical work on consciousness, altered states, hypnosis, dreams, shamanic healing, and a variety of other areas. The work is definitive, setting a new standard for research by clarifying concepts and paradigms; comprehensive, touching on research across the broad spectrum of the humanities, the arts, and the sciences; and relevant, guiding the reader to the scientific and existential importance of current research on consciousness. I recommend this book as a must read for the professional, a must buy for the library, and a must read for the graduate student. My compliments to Cardena and Winkelman for assembling this vast crew and bringing the book to press." - PsycCRITIQUES "Each essay includes excellent references; the set as a whole has an outstanding bibliography that covers the vast array of topics related to ASC. Skeptics are likely to be dismissive of this endeavor, but ASC research remains important, and a scholarly treatment is welcome. Summing up: Recommended." - Choice "These two very rich volumes are now necessary for anyone conducting research on the history of consciousness and its alterations. It remains a difficult topic, but these volumes will prove to be of great value for decades to come." - Religious Studies Reviewshow more

About Etzel Cardena

Etzel Cardena, PhD, holds the endowed Thorsen Chair of Psychology at Lund University, Lund, Sweden. Michael Winkelman, MPH, PhD, retired from the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, in 2009 and currently lives in the central highlands of Brazil where he is developing permaculture-based intentional more