New Journal! J. of Consciousness Studies

Arnold D. Overby aoverby at hibbs.vcu.edu
Thu Aug 11 01:54:00 EST 1994


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	             Controversies in Science and Religion 

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		        A NEW INTERDISCIPLINARY JOURNAL

	                    APPEARING SUMMER 1994



			**  Volume 1, No.1, 1994  **


		                      John Beloff      Francis Crick

		                Robert Forman    Stuart Hameroff

		                       Valerie Gray Hardcastle

		                         Ivan Illich      Ben Libet

		                     Chris Nunn       Eleanor Rosch

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	    HUNTER COLLEGE, CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK



Dear Colleague:


Over the last few years research into consciousness has at last become 

accepted within the academic community. As John Searle puts it, raising 

the subject of consciousness in cognitive science discussions is no 

longer considered to be `bad taste', causing graduate students to 

`roll their eyes at the ceiling and assume expressions of mild disgust.'


However there seem to be two entirely separate traditions of scholarship 

that rarely talk to each other. On the one hand we have the standard 

scientific assumption that consciousness is a mere epiphenomenon of 

physical processes that can best be explained by the computational 

metaphor. This view has been strongly advocated by recent best-selling 

books, such as Dan Dennett's `Consciousness Explained' and Francis 

Crick's `The Astonishing Hypothesis'.


By contrast, the phenomenological approach, best exemplified by the 

transpersonal and contemplative traditions, has focused on transformative 

techniques which claim to reveal the nature of consciousness in a 

more experiential way. They suggest that consciousness is more primary 

than matter or the brain, and is deeply and holistically connected 

to the world.


As each tradition and discipline has its own jargon and assumptions, 

major barriers prevent the advocate of one approach talking 

with another.


The JOURNAL OF CONSCIOUSNESS STUDIES will bridge this divide by:


   _  Presenting peer-reviewed scientific and humanistic papers in 
      non-technical language.


   _  Including philosophical critiques of the assumptions and 
      conclusions of contemporary research.


   _  Considering submissions from all disciplines on their own scholarly 
      merits.


   _  Encouraging a lively debate on the full range of philosophical, 
      spiritual and ethical issues involved.


   _  Covering a wide range of associated topics.


I would like to invite you to sample our first issue, which focuses 

on recent research into consciousness (see order form on last page).


Yours faithfully


Robert K.C. Forman (Assistant Professor)


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			   EDITORIAL BOARD


EXECUTIVE EDITORS:

Professor Joseph A. Goguen, Oxford University, Computing Science
Professor Robert K.C. Forman, City University of New York, Religion


MANAGING EDITORS:

Jane Clark, Oxford
Professor Jonathan Shear, Virginia Commonwealth University, Philosophy


EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD:

Professor Bernard J. Baars, Wright Institute, Cognitive Science
Professor Ewert Cousins, Fordham University, Religion
Professor Daniel C. Dennett, Tufts University, Cognitive Studies
Professor Margaret Donaldson, Edinburgh University, Psychology
Sir John Eccles
Dr. Peter Fenwick, Maudsley Hospital, Neuropsychiatry
Professor Brian Goodwin, Open University, Biology
Professor Stuart Hameroff, Arizona University, Anaesthesiology
Professor Willis Harman, Stanford University, Engineering
Professor Erich Harth, Syracuse University, Physics
Dr. Basil Hiley, University of London, Physics
Professor Benjamin Libet, University of California at 

    San Francisco, Physiology

Professor Raimon Panikkar, University of California at 

    Santa Barbara, Religion

Professor Roger Penrose, Oxford University, Mathematics
Professor Eleanor Rosch, University of California at 

    Berkeley, Psychology

Professor Huston Smith, Syracuse University, Philosophy
Professor Susan Leigh Star, Illinois University, Sociology
Professor Francisco Varela, CREA, Paris, Cognitive Science
Professor George Wald, Harvard University, Biology
Professor Roger Walsh, University of California at Irvine, Psychiatry
Professor Arthur Zajonc, Amherst College, Physics


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THE NEED

Western culture seems to have reached a crisis point,

and may be on the verge of significant changes.

Many of its central tendencies, such as rationalism,

absolutism, reductionism and the construction of grand

unified theories, are under attack.


AIMS AND SCOPE

At the heart of this movement is the question of

consciousness. As the new sciences of cognition and

neurophysiology begin to solidify their findings, they

are fuelling discussions about the nature of mind which

extend across many areas of knowledge. Is consciousness

merely an epiphenomenon, a by-product of physical

processes? Or is it the central phenomenon, the ground

from which everything else arises, as the spiritual

traditions have always believed?


THE JOURNAL OF CONSCIOUSNESS STUDIES will present some

of the more exciting voices in this debate to a non-

specialist audience, without diluting their content.

We do not pre-judge where the discussion will lead, and

would like to see all serious positions represented.


All articles are evaluated for non-technical

accessibility before being submitted for peer review.


THE PUBLISHER

The journal is published in the UK and USA by Imprint

Academic. Our flagship publication, History of Political

Thought, was recently voted top international political

theory journal by the Political Studies Association.


Imprint Academic, PO Box 1, Thorverton, Exeter EX5 5YX, UK.

Tel/Fax: +44 (0)392 841600.


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		  ** VOLUME 1, NO. 1, SUMMER 1994 **



The journal consists of three broad sections:


THEORETICAL (peer-reviewed papers)

Papers in this section are drawn mainly from Cognitive Science, Mathematics, 

Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, Art, Literature and the Social Sciences.


EMPIRICAL & EXPERIMENTAL (peer-reviewed papers)

This section is mainly concerned with the natural sciences. Great 

care is taken to ensure that technical papers are written in an accessible 

way.


OPINIONS, BOOK REVIEWS, INTERVIEWS, ANNOUNCEMENTS & CONFERENCE REPORTS 

In contrast with the previous sections, this is informal 

in style. Interesting speculation and controversial opinion are encouraged.


			  

			 ** THEORETICAL SECTION **



**MINDS AND MACHINES: A RADICAL DUALIST PERSPECTIVE**

JOHN BELOFF, Psychology, Edinburgh

A comparison between materialist and dualist models of 

mind which suggests that the evidence for paraphenomena provides the 

decisive argument.


**OF CAPSULES AND CARTS': MYSTICISM, LANGUAGE AND THE VIA NEGATIVA**

ROBERT FORMAN, Religion, City University of New York

The paper argues that mystical experiences are not formed 

by the same linguistic processes that shape ordinary experience.


**IS CAUSALITY CIRCULAR? EVENT STRUCTURE IN FOLK PSYCHOLOGY, COGNITIVE**

SCIENCE AND BUDDHIST LOGIC

ELEANOR ROSCH, Psychology, University of California, Berkeley

The psychology of event coherence is examined, based on 

the treatment of causality in the Buddhist Madhyamika.



		  ** EMPIRICAL/EXPERIMENTAL SECTION **


**QUANTUM COHERENCE IN MICROTUBULES**

STUART HAMEROFF, Arizona University Health Sciences Center

This paper presents the case for seeing consciousness as 

an emergent phenomenon, arising from sub-neuronal quantum effects 

in the brain.


**PSYCHOLOGY'S `BINDING PROBLEM' AND POSSIBLE NEUROLOGICAL SOLUTIONS**

VALERIE GRAY HARDCASTLE, Philosophy, Virginia Tech.

A critical look at several theories for the neurological 

basis to the perceived unity of self and conscious experience.


**A TESTABLE FIELD THEORY OF MIND BRAIN INTERACTION**

BENJAMIN LIBET, Physiology, California University, San Francisco

The paper hypothesises a `consciousness' field which is 

causally effective over neuronal function, and suggests an experimental 

test.


**COLLAPSE OF A QUANTUM FIELD MAY AFFECT BRAIN FUNCTION*

C.M.H. NUNN (Psychiatry), C.J.S. CLARKE (Mathematics) & B.H. BLOTT 

(Physics), Southampton University 

Experiments are described, using EEG and simple tests of 

performance, which support the hypothesis that collapse of a quantum 

field is of importance to the functioning of the brain.




       ** OPINIONS, BOOK REVIEWS, INTERVIEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS **


**Interview with FRANCIS CRICK**

Francis Crick argues the case for a classical reductionist 

model of the mind, and explains how entrusting the study of consciousness 

to experimental scientists is not `like leaving Chopin 

in the hands of skilled riveters'!


**Interview with ROGER PENROSE**

Professor Penrose explains the developments in both his 

own thinking and neuroscience that led him to write Shadows 

of the Mind (OUP, 1994), the sequel to his best-selling book 

The Emperor's New Mind.


**Health as One's Own Responsibility: No, Thank You!**

IVAN ILLICH, History, Penn State University

This controversial article traces the idea of individual 

healthcare back to its historical roots and argues that it is based 

on a `blasphemous' misunderstanding of the Christian doctrine of `life'.




		       ** CONFERENCE REPORTS **


**Towards an Adequate Epistemology for the Scientific Exploration 

of Consciousness** 

Tomales Bay, 1992, by WILLIS HARMAN


**The Third Symposium on Science and Consciousness**

Uxmal, Mexico, January 1994, by EMILIOS BOURATINOS


**`Toward a Scientific Basis for Consciousness'**

Tucson, Arizona, April 1994, by JANE CLARK


**Academy of Consciousness Studies**

Princeton University, June July 1994


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                  ** CONSCIOUSNESS RESEARCH ABSTRACTS **          
        

                                                                  
        

     One of the main problems facing scholars is the need         
         

    to keep informed on other work in the field. This is hard enough 
even 

    within one's own discipline, and almost impossible across different 
  

    to keep up with relevant work on consciousness in the neurosciences.  

                                                                  
        

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Starting with Volume 1, No.2, the Journal of Consciousness 

Studies will address this essential research need with a supplement, 

Consciousness Research Abstracts. We will scan a very wide 

range of journals and conference proceedings from every discipline 

to compile a unique database of theory, comment and research into 

consciousness. Abstracts will be carefully classified by principal 

subject (with cross-references for research topics and theoretical 

issues) along with cumulative author and keyword indexes. This will 

be based upon the system developed for one of our previous publications, 

Computer Abstracts. Selected abstracts will include editorial 

notes or peer reviews of methodologies and conclusions.


To supplement the work of our own researchers, authors 

and readers (and publishing houses) are encouraged to send abstracts 

of published work (together with bibliographic details) to:


Professor Jonathan Shear, Journal of Consciousness 

Studies, Dept. of Philosophy, Virginia Commonwealth University, 

Richmond, VA 23284-2025, USA. Fax: (804) 282 2119. 

Email: jshear at cabell.vcu.edu


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                          ** CALL FOR PAPERS **                   
        

                                                                  
        

    Articles for publication (three copies) should be submitted   
        

    to any of the addresses below. Style sheets and guidance to authors 
  

   available on request. All articles are peer-refereed. Announcements 
  

    and books for review should be sent to Jane Clark or Jonathan 
Shear.  

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Professor J.A. Goguen, Oxford University 

Computing Laboratory, Wolfson Building, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QD, 

UK. Tel: +44 (0)865 283504. Fax: +(0)865 273839. 

Email: goguen at comlab.ox.ac.uk.


Professor Robert K.C. Forman, Program in 

Religion, Hunter College of the City University of New York, 695 Park 

Ave., New York, NY 10021. Tel and Fax: (914) 478 7802.


Professor Jonathan Shear, Journal of Consciousness 

Studies, Dept. of Philosophy, Virginia Commonwealth University, 

Richmond, Virginia 23284-2025, USA. Tel./Fax: (804) 282 2119. 

Email: jshear at cabell.vcu.edu


Jane Clark, 2 Gathorne Road, Headington, Oxford OX3 8NE, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)865 66122; Fax: +44 (0)865 52154.


Subscriptions, circulation enquiries, advertising etc. should be 

addressed to: Imprint Academic, PO Box No. 1, Thorverton, Exeter EX5 
5YX, 

UK. Tel & Fax: +44 (0)392 841600.


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