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Brain research expert Dr Fred Travis contributes chapter to major scientific book
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30 August 2011
Dr Fred Travis, director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition, is contributing a chapter to a new book called States of Consciousness: Experimental Insights into waking, dreaming, sleeping and meditation. His chapter reviews research that supports Transcendental Consciousness as a fourth state of consciousness, as well as empirical support for Cosmic Consciousness.
In a recent presentation, Dr Travis showed a chart that enables scientists who are not familiar with the experience of Transcendental Consciousness to understand that there can be a fourth major state of consciousness, and what it is like:
Compared with waking, dreaming and sleeping, Transcendental Consciousness (also known as pure consciousness), in the top right corner, has no content or thought activity, yet there is self-awareness. The mind is alert and awake, Dr Travis explained, but one is not thinking about anything at the time one is transcending, so there is no content.
Practitioners of the Transcendental Meditation programme experience this unique style of mental functioning daily.
The book is one of a series by Springer, a major scientific, technical, and professional publisher. The series is designed to extend the boundaries of conventional science.
'We live at a key time when the growth of objective science allows verification of the growth of higher states of consciousness, and the common language of the two approaches (objective and subjective) is brain functioning,' said Dr Travis. He went on to emphasize the need for more scientists in this leading area of investigation, encouraging students to enter the fields of neuroscience, neuropsychology, or biopsychology.
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