Metaphors of Conciousness

Metaphors of Conciousness

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As we move into the 1980s, there is an increasing awareness that our civilization is going through a profound cultural transformation. At the heart of this transformation lies what is often called a "paradigm shift"-a dramatic change in the thoughts, perceptions, and values which form a particular vision of reality. The paradigm that is now shifting comprises a large number of ideas and values that have dominated our society for several hundred years; values that have been associated with various streams of Western culture, among them the Scientific Revolution of the seventeenth century, The Enlightenment, and the Industrial Revolution. They include the belief in the scientific method as the only valid approach to knowledge, the split between mind and matter, the view of nature as a mechanical system, the view of life in society as a competitive struggle for survival, and the belief in unlimited material progress to be achieved through economic and technological growth. All these ideas and values are now found to be severely limited and in need of radical revision.
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  • Paperback | 544 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 27.43mm | 825g
  • Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers
  • United States
  • English
  • Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1989
  • 28 Illustrations, black and white; 544 p. 28 illus.
  • 030643119X
  • 9780306431197

Table of contents

I * Metaphors and Maps.- 1Science and Reality: Metaphors of Experience and Experience as Metaphorical.- 2Maps of the Mind: The Cartography of Consciousness.- II * Psychological Approaches.- 3Radical Behaviorism and Consciousness.- 4The Nature of Consciousness: The Existential-Phenomenological Approach.- 5Reflections on David Bohm's Holomovement: A Physicist's Model of Cosmos and Consciousness.- 6Behaviorism, Phenomenology, and Holism in Psychology: A Scientific Analysis.- 7Phenomenology and Neuropsychology: Two Approaches to Consciousness.- III * Psychological Frontiers.- 8The Mind Contained in the Brain: A Cybernetic Belief System.- 9Exo-Psychology.- 10Transpersonal Realities or Neurophysiological Illusions? Toward an Empirically Testable Dualism.- IV * Beyond Psychology: East Meets West.- 11Depth Consciousness.- 12Approaches to Psychotherapy: Freud, Jung, and Tibetan Buddhism.- 13Two Paradigmatic Strands in the Buddhist Theory of Consciousness.- 14Heideggerian Thinking and the Eastern Mind.- V * Transcendence and Mysticism.- 15Energy of Consciousness in the Human Personality.- 16Human Consciousness and the Christian Mystic: Teresa of Avila.- 17Transformation of Self and World in Johannes Tauler's Mysticism.- VI * Literary Modes.- 18God-Consciousness and the "Poetry of Madness".- 19The Nature and Expression of Feminine Consciousness through Psychology and Literature.- 20Speculative Approaches to Consciousness in Science Fiction.- VII * The Natural Sciences.- 21Relativistic Quantum Psychology: A Reconceptualization of What We Thought We Knew.- 22Chemistry and Human Awareness: Natural Scientific Connections.- 23On the Shifting Structure of Mathematical Paradigms.- 24Computer Metaphors for Consciousness.- 25Thymos as Biopsychological Metaphor: The Vital Root of Consciousness.
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Now available in softcover! ` ... invaluable for those wrestling with the nature of consciousness in transpersonal and humanistic and social psychology ... Highly recommended for upper-division undergraduate, graduate, and professional collections. ' Choice
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Now available in softcover! `... invaluable for those wrestling with the nature of consciousness in transpersonal and humanistic and social psychology ... Highly recommended for upper-division undergraduate, graduate, and professional collections.' Choice
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About Fritjof Capra

Fritjof Capra, geb. 1939, promovierte 1966 an der Universität Wien in Theoretischer Physik. Er forschte und lehrte an namhaften Universitäten und Institutionen in den USA und England. Neben seiner Arbeit auf den Gebieten der Quantenphysik und der Systemtheorie beschäftigt sich selbst seit bald dreißig Jahren intensiv mit den philosophischen und gesellschaftlichen Konsequenzen der modernen Naturwissenschaft. Er gilt als einer der führenden Vertreter einer ökologisch-ganzheitlichen Weltsicht.
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