Who are you? When are you? What were you conscious of a moment ago?
Susan Blackmore combines the latest scientific theories about mind, self, and consciousness with a lifetime’s practice of Zen. Framed by ten critical questions that are derived from Zen’s teachings, Zen and the Art of Consciousness explores how intellectual enquiry and meditation can expand your understanding and experience of consciousness and tackle some of today’s greatest scientific mysteries.
Susan Blackmore is a psychologist and writer whose research on consciousness, memes, and anomalous experiences has been published in over sixty academic papers, as well as book chapters, reviews, and popular articles. She has a regular blog in the Guardian, and often appears on radio and television. Her book The Meme Machine (1999) has been translated into 12 other languages and more recent books include a textbook, Consciousness: An Introduction (2003), and Conversations on Consciousness (2005).
"Sue Blackmore's "formidable intellect and clarity of approach is complemented by a warm and self-deprecating sense of humour."
"Should be compulsory reading for anyone in consciousness studies and certainly on every psychology course."
– The Scientific and Medical Network
"I do recommend this book both to Susan Blackmore's many admirers and her detractors."
– Journal of Consciousness Studies
"Combines the intelligence of the philosopher and the mindfulness of a Buddhist practitioner, with the rigour of a scientist. A thought-provoking book and essential for anyone wanting to answer the eternal questions, Who am I? and What is it all about?"
– Peter Fenwick - Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry and Consultant Neuropsychiatrist at t
"A remarkable first-person exploration of the nature of conscious human experience that uses traditional Buddhist meditation practices to address some of the most perplexing questions now confronting science. This highly original book will appeal to anyone who has ever asked the question: 'What on earth is going on here?'"
– Stephen Batchelor - author of Buddhism without Beliefs
"Susan Blackmore, a pioneer in the emerging field of consciousness studies, shows how to explore consciousness from within. Drawing on years of meditation practice, she shows that it is questions - not answers - that lead to knowledge. A stimulating, humorous, and engaging read."
– Jack Petranker - Buddhist teacher, scholar in consciousness studies, and founder of the Center for C
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