Professor Emeritus Dr. Charles Tart is internationally known for his psychological work on the nature of consciousness (particularly, altered states of consciousness), as one of the founders of the field of transpersonal psychology, and for his research in parapsychology. Charles studied electrical engineering at MIT before deciding to become a psychologist. He received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of North Carolina with research on influencing nighttime dreams by posthypnotic suggestions, and then received postdoctoral training in hypnosis research at Stanford.
He is a part-time executive faculty member at Sofia University and Professor Emeritus of Psychology at University of California Davis. He consulted on the original remote viewing research at Stanford Research Institute, where some of his work was important in influencing government policy makers against the deployment of the multi-billion dollar MX missile system.
Charles has published more than 250 articles in professional journals, and many books. He has been a student of Aikido (in which he holds a black belt), meditation, Gurdjieff’s Fourth Way work, and Buddhism. His primary goal is to build bridges between scientific and spiritual communities, and to help integrate Western and Eastern approaches for knowing the world and for personal and social growth.
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States of Consciousness, a classic by world authority Charles T. Tart, is a basic understanding of how the mind is a dynamic, culturally biased, semi-arbitrary construction and system. A systematic exploration of how and why altered states can come about and their possibilities. As a student of his remarked, For the first weeks of class “I didn’t understand what those diagrams were about, but I’ve realized the book is all about the way my own mind works! Useful in understanding some of the important ways your mind works before you start altering it.”
Living the Mindful Life. Being awake. Why is something that sounds so simple the primary goal of so many of the world’s great wisdom traditions? In this workshop-in-a-book, Charles T. Tart shows why: the seeming simplicity of the awakened state belies its transformative effect on the lives of those who strive for it. His easy-to-use exercises put within everyone’s reach the elusive art of “waking up” to life in the glorious present moment.
Body. Mind. Spirit. Addressing the split between practitioners of science and those of spirituality, Charles Tart presents the considerations of well-known researchers and authors such as William Roll, Ramakrishna Rao, Michael Grosso, and Jeffrey Mishlove on such subjects as God, life after death, channeling, and other dimensions. A ground-breaking work that may surprise many readers.
The End of Materialism. In this book, copublished with the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), transpersonal psychologist Charles Tart presents over fifty years of scientific research conducted at the nation’s leading universities that proves humans do have natural spiritual impulses and abilities. The End of Materialism presents an elegant argument for the union of science and spirituality in light of this new evidence, and explains why a truly rational viewpoint must address the reality of a spiritual world. Tart’s work marks the beginning of an evidence-based spiritual awakening that will profoundly influence your understanding of the deeper forces at work in our lives.
Mind Science. The record of a day of meditation instruction with spirited questions from a rationally-minded audience, MIND SCIENCE achieves what most books on meditation rarely do: It’s actually fun to read, and it imparts much useful information without religious or mystical overtones. The author and teacher is a leading authority on “altered states” and other advanced capacities of human consciousness. Bringing a great deal of knowledge to bear on the subject while not pretending to be a guru, Dr. Tart tackles real questions that come up in meditation practice, such as: How do you keep your mind from wandering? What do you do about sensations of pain during sitting? How do you deal with too much thinking? and many more. And he answers them with common sense, care, and compassion.
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