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The scientific exploration of consciousness: towards an adequate epistemology

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The statement below is an outgrowth of a retreat at Tomales Bay,California, December 3-6, 1992, at which fifteen scientists and philosophersattempted to explore the question of an appropriate epistemology for consciousness research. Contributions were made by the scholars listed below and others; the final synthesis was performed by Willis Harman. The statement is submitted to the broader scientific community, and to the concerned public, to stimulate dialogue about a long-standing question, and to foster interest in an ever-deepening scientific study of human consciousness. Basically, the question is: How does it happen that our powerful methods of scientific enquiry appear so ill-suited to the study of consciousness? If understanding our own consciousness is so central to understanding anything else, will we not have to take this question more seriously than has been the case so far?

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Institute of Noetic Sciences, 475 Gate Five Road, Suite 300, PO Box 909, Sausalito, CA 94966-0909, USA.

Publication date: January 1, 1994


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