Luminescent Physicalism, A Book Review of Evan Thompson's *Waking, Dreaming, Being* [Book Review]

Journal of Consciousness Studies 23 (9-10):262-267 (2016)
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This is a fine book by an extraordinary author whose literary followers have awaited a definitive statement of his views on consciousness since his participation in the important book on biological autopoiesis, The Embodied Mind (Varela, Thompson, & Rosch, 1991) and his recent neurophenomenology of biological systems, Mind in Life (2007). In the latter book, Thompson demonstrated the continuity of life and mind, whereas in this book he uses neurophenomenology as well as erudite renditions of Buddhist philosophy and a good dash of personal experience to argue for the reality of altered states of consciousness, but also that these states are not distinct from the physical systems that subtend them. He must have touched a nerve, for Waking, Dreaming, Being continues to be read and widely discussed by the literate public
Keywords lucid dreaming  altered states of consciousness  neurophenomenology  meditation  near death experience  thanatology  dual aspect physicalism  Dalai Lama  panpsychism
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