Metaphors of Consciousness

  • Ronald S. Valle
  • Rolf von Eckartsberg

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Metaphors and Maps

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Robert D. Romanyshyn
      Pages 3-19
    3. Rolf von Eckartsberg
      Pages 21-93
  3. Psychological Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. James G. Holland
      Pages 97-106
    3. Donald M. Moss, Ernest Keen
      Pages 107-120
    4. Renée Weber
      Pages 121-140
    5. Donald M. Moss
      Pages 153-166
  4. Psychological Frontiers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
    2. John C. Lilly
      Pages 169-178
    3. Timothy Leary
      Pages 179-197
  5. Beyond Psychology: East Meets West

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 223-223
    2. Stanton Marlan
      Pages 225-242
    3. David M. Levin
      Pages 243-274
    4. Rolf von Eckartsberg, Ronald S. Valle
      Pages 287-311
  6. Transcendence and Mysticism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 313-313
    2. Silvio E. Fittipaldi
      Pages 325-335
  7. Literary Modes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 359-359
    2. Elsa von Eckartsberg
      Pages 361-378
  8. The Natural Sciences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 417-417
    2. Ronald S. Valle
      Pages 419-436
    3. Neil E. Schore
      Pages 437-460
    4. John M. Carpenter
      Pages 461-472
    5. Puran Khan Bair
      Pages 473-485
    6. Paul A. Lee
      Pages 487-500
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 501-521

About this book


As we move into the 1980s, there is an increasing awareness that our civilization is going through a profound cultural transformation. At the heart of this transformation lies what is often called a "paradigm shift"-a dramatic change in the thoughts, perceptions, and values which form a particular vision of reality. The paradigm that is now shifting comprises a large number of ideas and values that have dominated our society for several hundred years; values that have been associated with various streams of Western culture, among them the Scientific Revolution of the seventeenth century, The Enlightenment, and the Industrial Revolution. They include the belief in the scientific method as the only valid approach to knowledge, the split between mind and matter, the view of nature as a mechanical system, the view of life in society as a competitive struggle for survival, and the belief in unlimited material progress to be achieved through economic and technological growth. All these ideas and values are now found to be severely limited and in need of radical revision.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Ronald S. Valle
    • 1
  • Rolf von Eckartsberg
    • 2
  1. 1.John F. Kennedy UniversityOrindaUSA
  2. 2.Duquesne UniversityPittsburghUSA

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