Mind Before Matter Vision of a New Science of Consciousness

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2007-09-21
  • Publisher: Iff Books
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Materialism is the dominant worldview in the West today. But it is only one worldview, and it doesn't completely work, even, ironically, being gradually undermined by the science that gave rise to it. Containing the last unpublished writing of Pulitzer prize-winning author and scholar, the late John Mack, this anthology of essays from significant figures in the world of science and consciousness studies sketches the framework for a new model of realit--one based on the primacy of consciousness rather than of matter. It is a model we will need for survival on this planet. Mind Before Matter represents the first concerted salvo in a debate that could affect the worldview held by the modern, dominant culture.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. 1
Notes on the Contributorsp. 2
Associate Editor's Notes: Paul Devereuxp. 10
Prologue: Trish Pfeiffer: Purpose, Vision, and Inspirationp. 12
Introduction: John E. Mack: Why Worldviews Matterp. 17
Foreword: Larry Dossey: Nonlocal Mind: Why It Mattersp. 19
Sciencep. 30
Introduction to the essays in this sectionp. 31
From Information to Transformationp. 34
Reductionism and Consciousnessp. 51
If All is Consciousness, What Then is My Body?p. 64
The Living Universe: Toward a New Perceptual Paradigmp. 70
Elements of the New Concept of Consciousnessp. 83
Prologue to a New Model of a Living Universep. 95
Philosophyp. 110
Introduction to the essays in this section
Two Suitors: A Parablep. 111
Individual Responsibility and the Wholeness of Consciousness: (A Conversation)p. 118
Two Stories - Conflicting Visions of the Human Possiblep. 138
The Power of Consciousness to Transform Politicsp. 150
In the Beginning Was Consciousnessp. 160
PSIp. 170
Introduction to the essays in this sectionp. 171
A Brief History of the Potential Futurep. 173
Consciousness and Parapsychology: A Thought Experimentp. 176
The Moveable Feastp. 186
The Transformational Perspective: An Emerging Worldviewp. 200
Communionp. 217
Introduction to the essays in this section
The Inner Net of the Heart: The Fractal Nature of Consciousnessp. 220
A Metaphysical Revolution? Reflections on the Idea of the Primacy of Consciousnessp. 238
Thoughts on a World in Which Consciousness is Realityp. 256
Communionp. 273
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