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Philosophy and Science: An Exploratory Approach to Consciousness

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Back of the Book Consciousness is a particularly unified phenomenon which has of late drawn the attention of scholars of different disciplines all over world. But the opinions of these scholars are so varied that it is very difficult to have any kind of consensus- though everyone, perhaps, feels the urgency of exploring this mystery. The Institute presented an international seminar on the subject ‘Philosophy and Science: An Exploratory Approach to Consciousnessâ&e...
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Consciousness is a particularly unified phenomenon which has of late drawn the attention of scholars of different disciplines all over world. But the opinions of these scholars are so varied that it is very difficult to have any kind of consensus- though everyone, perhaps, feels the urgency of exploring this mystery. The Institute presented an international seminar on the subject ‘Philosophy and Science: An Exploratory Approach to Consciousness’ on 8 and 9 February 2002.

The seminar was inaugurated y Swami Ranganathananda, President of the Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, and Professor Karl H. Pribram, Professor Emeritus, Standford University, gave the keynote address of the inaugural session. This was followed by four academic sessions on two days and the valedictory session. The main feature of the valedictory session was a panel discussion among five scholars with Professor J.N. Mohanty of Temple University, Philadelphia, as the co-ordinator. In all, twenty –six scholars from different parts of India as also from outside the country participated. In the academic sessions, each scholar presented a 20-minute paper, followed by a discussion for another 25 minutes. This volume contains the papers presented by the participants in the seminar, along with along with salient portions of the question- and- answer sessions.

 

Publisher's Note

Consciousness is a particularly unified phenomenon which has of late drawn the attention of scholars of different disciplines all over world. However, the opinions of these scholars are so varied that it is very difficult to have any kind of consensus-though everyone feels the urgency of exploring this mystery. On 8 and 9 February 2002, the Institute presented an international seminar on the subject ‘Philosophy and Science: An Exploratory Approach to Consciousness’, in which twenty-six scholars from different parts of India as also from outside the country participated. Every scholar presented a 20-minute paper, and each paper was followed by a discussion for another 25 minutes. Thus it was possible to have some meaningful exchanges of views.

The inaugural meeting received the benediction of Swami Ranganthanandaji Maharaj, President of the Rammakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission. The keynote address was presented by Prof. Karl H. Probram, Professor Emeritus, Standford University. Swami Smaranananda, General Secretary, Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, also gave a short address. The meeting was chaired by M.V.S. Valiathan, President, Indian National Science Academy.

An interesting feature of the valedictory session was the brief summing up of the proceedings by Prof. Samir Bhattacharya, Director, Indian Institute of Chemical Biology. This was followed by a panel discussion among five scholars with Prof. J.N.Mohanty of Temple University, Philadelphia, as the co-ordianator. This discussion helped to clarify the subject further for people.

We are grateful to the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, for its active support and financial assistance to the Institute for the seminar. The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi, also lent financial help to the Institute to partially meet the expenses, and for this we express our thanks.

This volume contains the papers presented bu the participants in the seminar, along with salient portons of the interesting question-and 0answer sessions that followed. We are thankful to Prof. Pradyot Kumar Mukhopadhyay, Dr Samir Bhattacharya, prof. Sisir Roy, Dr Debabrata Sen Sarma, Dr Dipti Pal, and particularly to Dr Visvanath Chatterjee, for editing the proceedings.

We hope this brief this brief study on consciousness will evoke further interest among scholars of different disciplines for more investigations on the subject.

 

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Publisher's Note v
Inaugural Session  
Welcome Address 3
Address of Benediction 6
Philosophy and Science  
Keynote Address 11
Chairman's Address 14
Vote of Thanks 23
First Academic Session 28
Science and Consciousness 33
Consciousness: Mundane and Transcendental 41
Understanding Matter and Myth of Consciousness 53
Second Academic Session  
Sheaf Theoretic Foundations of Ontology (Categorical Interpretation of Perennial Philosophy) 63
Explaining Consciousness: an alternative Philosophical perspective 82
Theory of Experiential Contiguuam 111
Consciousness-A Psychological Approach 160
Third Academic Session  
The Anthropic Principle: Life, Cosmos and Consciousness 173
An Evolutionary Approach to Consciousness 189
Consciousness in Indian Philosophical Thought with special reference to the Advatia, Saiva School of Kashmir 207
Quantum Information and levels of Consciousness 223
Fourth Academic Session  
Consciousness: Mental States an Mind- A Comparative Stucy 244
Science and Philosophy-0 An Approach to Consciousness 288
The 'Pentaune' and the 'Nanoune' Models for the Mechanics of nature ' and Consciousness are suggested 347
Intuition and looking for the truth about the world 373
Valedictory Session  
Welcome Address 397
Monistic Indian Perennial Philosophies and Consciousness 399
Valedictory Address 407
Vote of Thanks 412
Appendix 415
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Item Code: IDH511 Cover: Hardcover Edition: 2009 Publisher: Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture ISBN: 9788187332251 Language: English Size: 9.0 inch x 6.0 inch Pages: 472 (10 Illustrations in B/W & Colour) Other Details: Weight of the Book: 690 gms
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