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Hunt, H. (2009). The most fundamental and the most erroneous empirical question: what is consciousness?

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Journal
Methodology and History of Psychology. 2009. Volume 4. Issue 1
Section
Historical and Psychological Introduction to Problem
Pages
61-86
Type
Scientific article
Title
The most fundamental and the most erroneous empirical question: what is consciousness?
Authors
Hunt, Harry T.
Abstract
The article provides an overview of concepts and states of consciousness. The states of consciousness from ordinary to the altered and transpersonal ones are considered. There is a presentation of competing perspectives on consciousness in the cognitive sciences, neuropsychology and animal psychology, and the understanding of the perceptual awareness as the basis of consciousness, potentially common to all living beings, is developed. The author brings together the separate threads of neo-realist approaches to perception and thought, phenomenology of images and synesthesia and cognitive metaphor theory. Also, he develops his own cognitive theory of mystical experience, which combines meditation and religious descriptions of consciousness and a sense of being. Among other topics covered: the relation between consciousness and time; general perceptual-metaphorical roots of parallels between modern physics and consciousness; collective transpersonal states, as it is reflected in the sociology of mysticism and alternative interpretations of parapsychological research.
Keywords
  • consciousness
  • phenomenology
  • interdisciplinary dialogue
  • "science of consciousness"
  • presentational states
  • dialogue between science and religion
  • self-correspondence
  • consciousness-1, -2, -3, -4, -5, -6, -7
  • "objective I"
  • process of being
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To cite this article
Hunt, H. (2009). The most fundamental and the most erroneous empirical question: what is consciousness? Methodology and History of Psychology, 4(1), 61-86.

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