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Altered States of Consciousness: A Book of Readings

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Dr Charles T. Tart (b. '37) is known for work on the nature of consciousness & altered states, as a founder of transpersonal psychology & for research in scientific parapsychology. His Altered States of Consciousness ('69) & Transpersonal Psychologies ('75), are widely used texts instrumental in making these areas part of modern psychology. He's currently ('05) a Core Facu ...more
Hardcover, 575 pages
Published June 1st 1969 by John Wiley & Sons Inc. (NY et al.) (first published 1969)
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Erik Graff
Mar 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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This is the best collection of essays I've ever seen on the topic of altered states of consciousness. It is dated, but then little research has occurred in the field since the Nixon adminstration began restrictions of aspects of such work and it is interesting and important to read some of the older material to get a sense of how seriously the implications of induced altered states were taken by such luminaries as William James, Carl Gustav Jung and Sigmund Freud. Indeed, some of the century-pas ...more
Jun 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Lately, I have an interest in unusual claims made in the field of psychology, for it seems to me that at least some of these claims are well founded--arguably, more well founded than Fortean claims in other fields. I got this book from a used bookstore in my neighborhood.

This book, first published in 1969, is a collection of readings about altered states of consciousness. Some of the papers report quantitative information, such as an electroencephalograhic study of Yogis. However, other papers,
Apr 09, 2008 rated it liked it
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This is a survey book from the late 60's, covering the seminal research that had been conducted until then on altered states of consciousness. Some of the papers are highly technical, others less so. It deals with the psychology of mysticism, psychedelic drugs, meditation, similarity to pathologies, etc. The fundamental premise of the book is that ASCs are normal not necessarily pathological and in cultures other than Western, they are viewed as beneficial and desired.

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I read this book in my early twenties when I had just started learning about altered states and this book was everything I could have wished for. Over the years I have reread many of the articles and although some are a little dated by now, they are still fascinating and inspiring. This book is still an excellent introduction and springboard for anybody's quests into the deeper and higher levels of consciousness. ...more
Jul 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
to be aware of what we have not shared here, read the senoi (malay) article. it will change you forever. or at least until you are 'dead.' ...more
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Easy to understand English language is used in this book. foreign readers can read easily. After reading this book, you will sense world in a very different way. detailed information about the structure of mind and consciousness is also included in this book.
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Some fascinating essays, a number quite dull, some dated.
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book.
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