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Altered consciousness is a many splendored thing

  • Sir Roger Penrose
  • Stuart Hameroff
  • Subhash Kak
Publiceringsår: 2011
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 504-515
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Consciousness and the universe. Quantum physics, evolution, brain & mind
Dokumenttyp: Del av eller Kapitel i bok
Förlag: Cosmology Science Publishers


Abstract in Undetermined

Contrary to the notion that altering our ordinary state of consciousness necessarily produces delusional beliefs and is generally deleterious, various findings in psychology and other disciplines suggest that 1) the ordinary state of consciousness does not provide an accurate mapping of reality and 2) alterations of consciousness can have various positive functions. Among the most important ones are to: a) mildly alter our consciousness to be more effective at our tasks, b) obtain greater pleasure than we can achieve ordinarily, 3) explore nonfactual possibilities that may be actualized through creative ways, 4) enhance the sense of meaningfulness in life and enhance psychological and medical healing, and 5) obtain valid knowledge to comprehend better ourselves and perhaps the universe at large.


  • Psychology
  • altered states of consciousness
  • Consciousness


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