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Ten Zen Questions

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The calming and de-stressing benefits of practicing Zen have long been known, but now scientists are also considering its huge potential to influence our ability to understand and experience consciousness. However, until now few scientists would publicly admit this because of the taboo surrounding the supposed conflict between scientific and 'spiritual' practices, a taboo ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Oneworld Publications
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Martinxo
Apr 23, 2009 Martinxo rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: meditators
Wonderful. Sue Blackmore's use of Zen koans to explore consciousness is inspiring, it's certainly got me back on the mat again.

Great for anyone interested in why and what we are and why and what we are doing, for atheists and Buddhists (and any other religious persuasion)
Marsha
Jan 15, 2009 Marsha rated it it was amazing
if you ever wondered exactly who it is who is thinking your thoughts, or seeing the world through your eyes, do not miss this book. It's a fascinating, engaging, and thoroughly human read about consciousness and zen, filled with lovely illustrations drawn by the author herself.
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I liked it, but don't pretend to really understand the Zen questions or to have followed the thinking. I most enjoyed the early and late sections — on the nature or problem of consciousness and on being conscious. Also, the part about free will and responsibility.
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Not a fan, really. I just don't like it. Maybe I'm just not into Zen!
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Susan Jane Blackmore is a freelance writer, lecturer and broadcaster, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Plymouth. She has a degree in psychology and physiology from Oxford University (1973) and a PhD in parapsychology from the University of Surrey (1980). Her research interests include memes, evolutionary theory, consciousness, and meditation. She practices Zen and campaigns for drug l ...more
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