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A science of consciousness : Buddhism (1), the modern west (0)
Pacific world : journal of the Institute of Buddhist Studies
Format: Journal Article
Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: Institute of Buddhist Studies (IBS)
Place of Publication: Mountain View, CA
Pages: 15-31
Sources ID: 126464
Visibility: Public (group default)
Abstract: (Show)

Founder of the Santa Barbara Institute for the Interdisciplinary Study of Consciousness Alan Wallace outlines some of the impediments in both the history of science, as well as in modern cognitive science to developing a science of consciousness. While modern science has struggled to study consciousness directly, the Buddhist contemplative tradition has been formulating and practicing ways to investigate the nature and functions of consciousness for centuries. Specifically, Alan Wallace suggests the West has developed neither a pure science of consciousness in terms of a science of its origins, functions, and nature, nor has West developed an applied science of consciousness, or a science of how consciousness can be refined for cultivating eudaimonia, enhanced attention, a greater sense of empathy, and so forth. (Zach Rowinski 2004-06-08)