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The Elephant and the Blind

- The Experience of Pure Consciousness: Philosophy, Science, and 500+ Experiential Reports
 Autor: Thomas Metzinger  Kategorie: Achtsamkeit, Meditation  Verlag: MIT Press Direct  Veröffentlicht: 2024  ISBN-13: 9780262377287  ASIN: B0C4J7D132  Seiten: 959  Land: England  Sprache: Englisch  Download  Amazon Kindle
An engaging and insightful journey into human consciousness.What if our goal had not been to land on Mars, but in pure consciousness? The experience of pure consciousness—what does it look like? What is the essence of human consciousness? In The Elephant and the Blind, influential philosopher Thomas Metzinger, one of the world’s leading researchers on consciousness, brings together more than 500 experiential reports to offer the world’s first comprehensive account of states of pure consciousness. Drawing on a large psychometric study of meditators in 57 countries, Metzinger focuses on “pure awareness” in meditation—the simplest form of experience there is—to illuminate the most fundamental aspects of how consciousness, the brain, and illusions of self all interact.

Starting with an exploration of existential ease and ending on Bewusstseinskultur, a culture of consciousness, Metzinger explores the increasingly non-egoic experiences of silence, wakefulness, and clarity, of bodiless body-experience, ego-dissolution, and nondual awareness. From there, he assembles a big picture—the elephant in the parable, from which the book’s title comes—of what it would take to arrive at a minimal model explanation for conscious experience and create a genuine culture of consciousness. Freeing pure awareness from new-age gurus and old religions, The Elephant and the Blind combines personal reports of pure consciousness with incisive analysis to address the whole consciousness community, from neuroscientists to artists, and its accessibility echoes the author’s career-long commitment to widening access to philosophy itself.

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Editorial Reviews

“This book achieves the impossible. It offers a narrative of the truly ineffable; namely, (sic), something that is "too close to see". This is the elephant that thousands of people around the world have touched—or have been touched by—but never seen, at least as a knowing and seeing self. Such selfless experience may be consciousness laid bare, cast as a minimal phenomenal experience.” —Karl J. Friston, Scientific Director, Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging, London, UK “Thomas Metzinger has done it again. Twenty years after his seminal Being No One, his new book opens entirely new directions for consciousness research by zeroing in on the phenomenon of “pure awareness”. The Elephant and the Blind is work of major importance and an essential resource for anyone with a serious interest in understanding consciousness. It will provoke, illuminate, and enlighten anyone who spends time with it.” —Anil K. Seth, Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience, University of Sussex, UK

Über den Autor

Thomas Metzinger

Thomas Metzinger ist ein deutscher Philosoph und war bis 2022 Professor für theoretische Philosophie an der Universität Mainz. Seine Hauptarbeitsgebiete sind die Philosophie des Geistes, die Wissenschaftstheorie der Neurowissenschaften und die angewandte Ethik, z. B. der Neurotechnologie, der virtuellen Realität...

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