The Mysteries of Consciousness

Essays on Spacetime, Evolution and Well-Being

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About the Book

For hundreds of years the Western world has believed that humans—indeed all living things—consist of more than pure biology. Not mere physical bodies, humans possess something else that helps to define them. In this collection of new essays scientists, psychologists, theoretical physicists and other experts in the mind-body connection explore the nature of consciousness and its future as a new paradigm in science. With contributions covering near death experiences, the concept of “free will,” conscious spacetime, DNA consciousness, the role of consciousness in the evolution of life, quantum theory and the non-local universe, the scientific basis of love, and the principles and applications of self-hypnosis, this volume clarifies the meaning of consciousness and establishes a model for further exploration into a burgeoning realm of scientific study.

About the Author(s)

Ingrid Fredriksson is the author of several books in English on the power and complexities of thought. She lives in Sweden. See www.ingridfredriksson.com.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Ingrid Fredriksson

Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 332
Bibliographic Info: 93 photos, notes, bibliographies, index
Copyright Date: 2015
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7768-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1690-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Introduction 1

Part I. Physics, Spacetime and Near Death Experiences
Six Protocols, Neuroscience and Near Death: An Emerging Paradigm
Incorporating Nonlocal Consciousness (Stephan A. Schwartz) 5
Conscious Spacetime: An Outline to Experiential Monism (Jan Pilotti) 21
The ­Psi-Track and Other Unexplained Energy Fields (Göte Andersson) 55

Part II. From the Evolution of Life to DNA: The Universe We Can’t See with Our Eyes
The Role of Consciousness in the Origin and Evolution of Life (Allan Emrén) 83
DNA Consciousness: From Theory to Science (John K. Grandy) 116
Do Consciousness and Electrons Exist in Water? (Ingrid Fredriksson) 149
The ­Non-Local Universe Is the Conscious Universe (Menas C. Kafatos, Hyejung Lee and Keun-Hang Susan Yang) 178

Part III. How to Feel Well in Your Brain and Heart
What Is Love? The Physical Cosmology of Spiritual Union (Richard L. Amoroso) 195
Consciousness in the Third Millennium (Amna Al Faki, M.D., and Ingrid Fredriksson) 221
The Need for an Existential Holism (Alf E. Sjöberg) 243
Thinking Matters: ­Well-Being, Mindfulness and the Global Commons (Janet ­McIntyre-Mills) 263
Systematic Mental Training: Effects on Brain, Mind and Reality (Lars-Eric Uneståhl) 293

About the Contributors 317
Index 319

Book Reviews & Awards

“In this very interesting book many intriguing aspects of consciousness are being explored. The challenge is to accept that current materialistic science cannot objectify, proof nor duplicate the content of consciousness, because it seems to be nonlocal, beyond time and space. Enhanced consciousness can obviously be experienced independently of the physical body, ands do presumably it is fundamental in the universe.”—Pim van Lommel, author of Consciousness Beyond Life.