Investigating Pristine Inner Experience

Investigating Pristine Inner Experience : Moments of Truth

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You live your entire waking life immersed in your inner experiences (thoughts, feelings, sensations and so on) - private phenomena created by you, just for you, your own way. Despite their intimacy and ubiquity, you probably do not know the characteristics of your own inner phenomena; neither does psychology or consciousness science. Investigating Pristine Inner Experience explores how to apprehend inner experience in high fidelity. This book will transform your view of your own inner experience, awaken you to experiential differences between people and thereby reframe your thinking about psychology and consciousness science, which banned the study of inner experience for most of a century and yet continued to recognize its fundamental importance. The author, a pioneer in using beepers to explore inner experience, draws on his 35 years of studies to provide fascinating and provocative views of everyday inner experience and experience in bulimia, adolescence, the elderly, schizophrenia, Tourette's syndrome, virtuosity and more.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 15 b/w illus. 8 tables
  • 1139126466
  • 9781139126465

Table of contents

1. Moments of truth; 2. Fragmented experience in bulimia nervosa with Sharon Jones-Forrester; 3. Apprehending pristine experience; 4. Everyday experience; 5. Moments are essential; 6. Experience in Tourette's syndrome with Michael J. Kane; 7. The moment (not): happy and sad; 8. Subjunctification; 9. Before and after experience?: Adolescence and old age; 10. Iteration is essential; 11. Epistemological q/a; 12. A consciousness scientist as DES subject; 13. Pristine experience (not): emotion and schizophrenia; 14. Multiple autonomous experience in a virtuoso musician with Ricardo Cobo; 15. Unsymbolized thinking with Sarah A. Akhter; 16. Sensory awareness with Chris Heavey and Arva Bensaheb; 17. The radical nonsubjectivity of pristine experience; 18. Diamonds vs. glass; 19. Into the floor: a right-or-wrong-answer natural experiment with Chris Heavey; 20. The emergence of salient characteristics; 21. Investigating pristine inner experience.
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"Professor Hurlburt was among the early pioneers in the scientific study of ongoing thought. Now he has extended his technique to capture the most basic elements of the phenomenon. This book is a careful and self-critical presentation of his discoveries with the Descriptive Experience Sampling procedures. It will intrigue and challenge consciousness researchers including a new generation of neuroscientists using brain imaging to study the cerebral default-system."
- Jerome Singer, Yale University "...the book is well written, engaging, and full of humorous retorts..."
-Dr. Henderikus Stam and Basia D. Ellis, University of Calgary, PsycCRITIQUES
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