The River of Consciousness

River. of. Consciousness. “T. ime,” made of. says Time Jorge is a Luis river Borges, that carries “is the substance I am me away, but I am the river.” Our movements, our actions, are extended in time, as are our perceptions, ...


Author: Oliver Sacks

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780385352574

Category: Science

Page: 256

View: 315

From the best-selling author of Gratitude, On the Move, and Musicophilia, a collection of essays that displays Oliver Sacks's passionate engagement with the most compelling and seminal ideas of human endeavor: evolution, creativity, memory, time, consciousness, and experience. Oliver Sacks, a scientist and a storyteller, is beloved by readers for the extraordinary neurological case histories (Awakenings, An Anthropologist on Mars) in which he introduced and explored many now familiar disorders--autism, Tourette's syndrome, face blindness, savant syndrome. He was also a memoirist who wrote with honesty and humor about the remarkable and strange encounters and experiences that shaped him (Uncle Tungsten, On the Move, Gratitude). Sacks, an Oxford-educated polymath, had a deep familiarity not only with literature and medicine but with botany, animal anatomy, chemistry, the history of science, philosophy, and psychology. The River of Consciousness is one of two books Sacks was working on up to his death, and it reveals his ability to make unexpected connections, his sheer joy in knowledge, and his unceasing, timeless project to understand what makes us human.

The Boundaries of Consciousness Neurobiology and Neuropathology

Sacks, O. (2004) In the river of consciousness. The New York Review of Books, Januray 15: 41–44. Schiff, N.D. (1999) Neurobiology, suffering, and unconscious brain states. J. Pain Symptom Manage., 17(4): 303–304. Schiff, N.D. and Plum, ...


Author: Steven Laureys

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 9780444528766

Category: Medical

Page: 632

View: 874

Consciousness is one of the most significant scientific problems today. Renewed interest in the nature of consciousness - a phenomenon long considered not to be scientifically explorable, as well as increasingly widespread availability of multimodal functional brain imaging techniques (EEG, ERP, MEG, fMRI and PET), now offer the possibility of detailed, integrated exploration of the neural, behavioral, and computational correlates of consciousness. The present volume aims to confront the latest theoretical insights in the scientific study of human consciousness with the most recent behavioral, neuroimaging, electrophysiological, pharmacological and neuropathological data on brain function in altered states of consciousness such as: brain death, coma, vegetative state, minimally conscious state, locked-in syndrome, dementia, epilepsy, schizophrenia, hysteria, general anesthesia, sleep, hypnosis, and hallucinations. The interest of this is threefold. First, patients with altered states of consciousness continue to represent a major clinical problem in terms of clinical assessment of consciousness and daily management. Second, the exploration of brain function in altered states of consciousness represents a unique lesional approach to the scientific study of consciousness and adds to the worldwide effort to identify the "neural correlate of consciousness". Third, new scientific insights in this field have major ethical and social implications regarding our care for these patients.


Both the person and the river have flowed downstream from where they were; consciousness had changed. In the Greek mind, the Logos River was the river of reason, order and meaning, the river of consciousness.


Author: Michael S. Ridenour

Publisher: Temple Lodge Publishing

ISBN: 9781912230310

Category: Poetry

Page: 114

View: 613

‘Finding unity with Christ is not a given; it depends on turning the ego – that provides our sense of experiencing ourselves as a unique being – into an instrument of loving perception that connects with other beings. Learning to do this makes the path to Christ a path of self-knowledge, where the freedom to make mistakes and consequent error lets us see ourselves with humility as we come to know how to bring love into what we say and do.’ (From the Introduction.) In order for human beings to progress, contends the author, we can no longer rely on outer authority in the form of dogma, power and control. Rather, we need to find spiritual and creative solutions from within. Fundamentally, we should discover what makes us truly human and not merely animal. ‘The direction of this book is to indicate how this may be addressed in artistic and imaginative terms that touch the powder, so to speak, with a different fire that ignites a different future.’ With Meditations, Michael S. Ridenour provides a fresh and varied look at themes explored in his recent book The Greatest Gift Ever Given. The more meditative, intimate format of this short volume allows content and mode of expression to complement each other by expanding these themes into realms of individual experience. Part One does this by making use of a shorter poetic-commentary presentation, allowing greater variety and flexibility of focus. Part Two builds on paths of individual initiation from the esoteric Christian tradition, showing how they address contemporary concerns for greater spiritual awareness and a more perceptive quality of consciousness. Meditations is a thoughtful work that offers support for understanding and practising the contemporary spiritual path.

The Neurology of Consciousness

Sacks, O. (1994) In the river of consciousness. The New York Review of Books 15:41–44. Edelman, G.M. (2004) Wider than the Sky: The Phenomenal Gift of Consciousness, New Haven: Yale University Press.


Author: Steven Laureys

Publisher: Academic Press

ISBN: 0080921027

Category: Medical

Page: 440

View: 102

Understanding consciousness is the major unsolved problem in biology. One increasingly important method of studying consciousness is to study disorders of consciousness, e.g. brain damage and disease states leading to vegetative states, coma, minimally conscious states, etc. Many of these studies are very much in the public eye because of their relationship to controversies about coma patients (e.g. Terry Schiavo case in the US recently), and the relationship to one of the major philosophical, sociological, political, and religious questions of humankind. This is the first book to summarize our current understanding of the neuroanatomical and functional underpinnings of human consciousness by emphasizing a lesional approach offered via the study of neurological patients. The selected contributors are all outstanding authors and undisputed leaders in their field. New chapters on the neuroanatomical basis of consciousness, functional intrinsic brain activity, anesthesia, as well as expanded coverage of the unresponsive wakefulness syndrome/ vegetative state and the minimally conscious state The first comprehensive, authoritative collection to describe disorders of consciousness and how they are used to study and understand the neural correlates of conscious perception in humans Includes revised and new chapters from the top international researchers in the field

The Non Existence of the Real World

going to look at the prospects of building a theory of consciousness on the basis of the view of consciousness as discontinuous ... §52 The River of Consciousness A prominent feature of our internal world is the stream of consciousness.


Author: Jan Westerhoff

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780198847915

Category: Philosophy

Page: 384

View: 200

Does the real world, defined as a world of objects that exist independent of human interests, concerns, and cognitive activities, really exist? Jan Westerhoff argues that we have good reason to believe it does not. His discussion considers four main facets of the idea of the real world, ranging from the existence of a separate external and internal world (comprising various mental states congregated around a self), to the existence of an ontological foundation that grounds the existence of all the entities in the world, and the existence of an ultimately true theory that provides a final account of all there is. As Westerhoff discusses the reasons for rejecting the postulation of an external world behind our representations, he asserts that the internal world is not as epistemically transparent as is usually assumed, and that there are good reasons for adopting an anti-foundational account of ontological dependence. Drawing on conclusions from the ancient Indian philosophical system of Madhyamaka Buddhism, Westerhoff defends his stance in a purely Western philosophical framework, and affirms that ontology, and philosophy more generally, need not be conceived as providing an ultimately true theory of the world.

The Thinking Christian

Here is another example: the whole of human consciousness has within it this complementary polarity: attentionality ... Yin-Yang Polarities within Profound Consciousness The polarity of the Land of Mystery and the River of Consciousness ...


Author: Gene Wesley Marshall

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781532695223

Category: Religion

Page: 398

View: 245

The practice of Christianity is going through a transition that is deeper than the Reformation. The Thinking Christian explores two main questions: (1) What is “religion” as a general social process that can link humans to Profound Reality, and (2) what is a meaningful and appropriate mode of Christian theologizing, communal life, and mission to this planet for a viable and vital next Christian practice? These are profound probes, and they are communal and activist guidelines for general readers. Such union of the profound and the practical pertains to the needs of scholars as well.

Open Mind Open Heart

They are resting on the inner stream of consciousness , which is our participation in God's being . ... background and to float along the river of consciousness without our noticing them , while we direct our attention toward the river ...


Author: Thomas Keating

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0826414206

Category: Religion

Page: 160

View: 468

A beautiful new gift edition of this classic work of spirituality, complete with ribbon marker.This book is designed to initiate the reader into a deep, living relationship with God. Written by an acknowledged spiritual master, the book moves beyond "discursive meditation and particular acts to the intuitive level of contemplation." Keating gives an overview of the history of contemplative prayer in the Christian tradition, and step-by-step guidance in the method of centering prayer. Special attention is paid to the role of the Sacred Word, Christian growth and transformation, and active prayer. The book ends with an explicit treatment of the contemplative dimension of the gospel.

Homo Luminous

... as a result of this conscious evolution, he too, began the process of continued expansion to mirror the vibration and frequencies he was receiving from the earth's environment. It is as if there has been a great river separating the ...


Author: P.W. Brown

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1465367152

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 339

View: 800

Everywhere, there is concern about the present, and future, as governments, religions, and economics no longer live up to their claims. People want to be able to solve pressing issues, and current challenges. People want to be able to survive the present and somehow prepare for the future, but how? Everyone wants to be safe, but where to go? What to do? Where to look? Every issue surrounding the human experience is based in consciousness. The language of consciousness expressed through human culture exposes intimate relationships with environment. Through the expansion of individual awareness, the collective of humanity, will benefit via new resolutions to current challenges, as well as those encountered in the future.

Quality of Life Therapy

As mentioned earlier, in QOLT, the mind or consciousness is likened to a river. This raging or flowing river is full of flotsam, jetsam, jewels, and trash. Some of our thoughts and beliefs are positive jewels, full of truth and wisdom ...


Author: Michael B. Frisch

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780471213512

Category: Psychology

Page: 368

View: 886

Note: Book no longer includes a CD-ROM, but the files are available online for download for both book and ebook purchasers at "This book defines an approach to well-being and positive psychology, that is state-of-the-art, evidence-based, empirically validated, and an outstanding guide for anyone interested in learning about the practice of positive psychology or well-being." —Ed Diener, the world authority on happiness from the University of Illinois and President of the International Positive Psychology Association. Endorsed by Christopher Peterson of the University of Michigan and taught in Marty Seligman's Masters in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) Program at the University of Pennsylvania, this book teaches a simple, step-by-step method for putting the fields of well-being and positive psychology into practice. It is a "one-stop shopping" manual with everything you need in one book and with one approach. This approach to greater happiness, meaning, and success is “evidence-based” and empirically validated. It has been successfully tested in three randomized controlled trials, including two NIH-grant funded trials conducted by James R. Rodrigue and his colleagues at Beth Israel and Harvard Medical Centers in Boston. Quality of Life Therapy also known as Quality of Life Therapy and Coaching or QOLTC is designed for use by therapists, coaches, organizational change-agents/consultants, and all professionals who work to improve peoples' well-being. Many laypersons and clients have found the book useful as well. This book explains the "Sweet 16" Recipe for Joy and Success, along with validated interventions for each: 1. Basic Needs or Wealths: Health, Money, Goals-and-Values/Spiritual Life, Self-Esteem 2. Relationships: Love, Friends, Relatives, and Children 3. Occupations-Avocations: Work and Retirement Pursuits, Play, Helping-Service, Learning, Creativity 4. Surroundings: Home, Neighborhood, Community

Ramtha the White Book

Thus you have the ability to know all there is to know, for you are in the continuous flow of all consciousness, the river of all knowledge. Consciousness is like a river, and your whole self — including every cell of your body — is ...


Author: Ramtha

Publisher: Ramtha's School of the Mind

ISBN: 9781578730452

Category: Religion

Page: 335

View: 982

The general introduction to Ramtha and his teachings now revised and expanded with a Foreword by JZ Knight, a glossary of terms and concepts used by Ramtha, a detailed index and a commentary essay showing the significance of Ramthas teachings. It addresses questions on the Source of all existence, our forgotten divinity, life after death, evolution, love, the power of consciousness and the mind, lessons from nature, and Ramthas ascension.Foreword by JZ Knight, Glossary, Index and Significance of Ramthas Teachings Essay