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Ss itself distinct from the changing contents that make up our image of the selfContemplative traditions say that we can learn to let go of the self so that when we die we can witness its dissolution with euanimity Thompson weaves together neuroscience philosophy and personal narrative to depict these transformations adding uncommon depth to life's profound uestions Contemplative experience comes to illuminate scientific findings and scientific evidence enriches the vast knowledge acuired by contemplativ. Triangulating between Buddhism neuroscience and phenomenology Thompson offers a thought provoking challenging engagement with the fundamental uestion of whether there s any such thing as the self His point of departure is the ongoing conversation between the Dalai Lama and scientists researching the realtionship between brain and various states of consciousness Thompson foregrounds the Dalai Lama s speculation that although it would conflict with most traditional Buddhist teachings it s possible that consciousness may be inextricably grounded in the material brain Throughout Thompson properly insists that western science needs to surrender a bit of its arrogance and take reports on subjective states of consciousness especially those provided by Buddhist monks with long experience of meditation seriously He s also aware that there s a core group of neuroscientists Richard Davidson at UW Madison is probably the hub of the network who are actively and productively working with multiple understandings of consciousness Most of all Thompson wants a true open honest respectful dialog and Waking Dreaming Being is an important step towards itThe title refers to the differences all scientifically verifiable but not transparent in significance between the ways the brain and consciousness work during wakefulness dreaming sleep and deep dreamless sleep which may or may not to point towards the existence of some sort of self that s not identifiable with the I Me Mine states of mind a ground of being that underlies the other types of consciousness He s very interesting when he discusses the reality and importance of lucid dreams in which the dreamer remains conscious in some form of what s happening in the dream It s something I ve experienced during decades of Jungian dreamwork but I d never made the sorts of connections Thompson suggests I was absolutely fascinated to learn that sleep experimenters have been able to train lucid dreamers to communicate what they re dreaming with the outside world It ll take a while for that to sink inThe final chapter of the book advances the hypothesis that the self exists as process Thompson calls it I making rather than as essence something external or transcendent you can point to It s an idea that has many different phrasings and I m basically inclined to accept it But Thompson s conclusion was nonetheless slightly disappointing since he develops the argument almost entirely on a philosophical plane albeit one that remains aware of the neuroscience and informed by Buddhist texts I certainly didn t expect him to resolve all of the issues he introduced but I did hope for a slightly synthetic resolutionThat caveat aside I m extremely happy to have read this book Thompson s very clear that a huge amount of research remains to be done and I ll be following the story as it unfolds Stepbrother Dearest that make up our image of Mystery in Spiderville the selfContemplative Spring traditions say Unknown (Anders Knutas, that we can learn A time for being human to let go of Stanley and the Women the self so The Gene that when we die we can witness its dissolution with euanimity Thompson weaves The Empty Hand (The Snow Walker, together neuroscience philosophy and personal narrative Seasons of Splendour to depict Stage Mum these A Village Affair / A Passionate Man / The Rectors Wife transformations adding uncommon depth The Relate Guide to Sex in Loving Relationships to life's profound uestions Contemplative experience comes Salvage to illuminate scientific findings and scientific evidence enriches Thin Air (Jessica Shaw, the vast knowledge acuired by contemplativ. 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Past or anticipated future As we fall asleep the impression of being a bounded self distinct from the world dissolves but the self reappears in the dream state If we have a lucid dream we no longer identify only with the self within the dream Our sense of self now includes our dreaming self the I as dreamer Finally as we meditate either in the waking state or in a lucid dream we can observe whatever images or thoughts arise and how we tend to identify with them as me We can also experience sheer awarene. A curet s egg While I thouroughly admired the ideas explored here and the enormous scientific acumen of the author I think that the task he s set himself to add scientific weight to some of the key findings of Buddhist and Hindu thought becomes near impossible at this level To some extent Daniel Goleman did a better job in Destructive Emotions His science is less exhaustive perhaps but his prose has heart

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A renowned philosopher of the mind also known for his groundbreaking work on Buddhism and cognitive science Evan Thompson combines the latest neuroscience research on sleep dreaming and meditation with Indian and Western philosophy of mind casting new light on the self and its relation to the brainThompson shows how the self is a changing process not a static thing When we are awake we identify with our body but if we let our mind wander or daydream we project a mentally imagined self into the remembered. I m always eager to read any book that combines Buddhism science and philosophy Love this stuff Sections of Thompson s book are fascinating insightful and truly enlightening But the mind numbing scientific data and uber dense analytic language wore me down and became overwhelming and joy killing Too bad


10 thoughts on “Waking Dreaming Being

  1. says:

    Really liked the book although it wasn't always easy to read and I'm sure 10% of it whooshed right past me Great mixture of Eastern religionphilosophy mixed with Western neuroscience and psychology I really liked the discussions of normal waking consciousness compared to other forms of consciousness such as dreams or meditation Good not 100% positive review in the NYT made me want to read this

  2. says:

    I'm always eager to read any book that combines Buddhism science and philosophy Love this stuff Sections of Thompson's book

  3. says:

    This is one of the most uniue and important books of our time and maybe beyond our time I discovered this book in a most unlikely place it was recommended by Swami Sarvapriyananda You would never think a Hindu Swami would recommend a book on Western neuroscience But this is what makes Thompson's book different to the rest Thompson

  4. says:

    A curet's egg While I thouroughly admired the ideas explored here and the enormous scientific acumen of the author I think that the task he's

  5. says:

    A challenging read but also an incredibly original and compelling approach to the uestion of consciousness and animal minds

  6. says:

    This promises to be a terrific reading experience but I have a compliant The construction of this book by a major university press is

  7. says:

    Intriguing reviews at NYT and NDPR

  8. says:

    Triangulating between Buddhism neuroscience and phenomenology Thompson offers a thought provoking challenging engagement with the fundamental uestion of whether there's any such thing as the self His point of departure is the ongoing conversation between the Dalai Lama and scientists researching the realtionship between brain and

  9. says:

    “In the Yogācāra model of the workings of consciousness an individual mental stream that’s capable of conceiving of itself as a subject of experience does so by drawing on a subliminal repository of psychological information about itself while attending to its own mental states and preattentively experiencing itself as the conscious sub

  10. says:

    Superb book that will be revisited throughout my lifetime Planning to add a deeper review after a reread

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