Alterations of Consciousness: An Empirical Analysis for Social Scientists
Alterations of Consciousness is a refreshing and richly analytic investigation into the nature of cognitive reality. Imants Baruss explores various manifestations of consciousness with rational and empirical rigor beginning with more ordinary states such as thinking, sleeping, dreaming and continuing on into hypnosis, trance, psychedelic experiences, transcendence, and experiences related to death. This comprehensive overview of altered states examines consciousness from the physiological, cognitive, and experiential points of view. Readers will gain from this engaging text an enriched understanding of consciousness, reality, and the scientific endeavor.