Beyond the Brain: Birth, Death, and Transendence in by Stanislav Grof

By Stanislav Grof

Past the mind heavily demanding situations the present neurophysiological versions of the mind. After 3 many years of intensive study on these non-ordinary states of awareness precipitated by means of psychedelic medicines and by means of different capability, Grof concludes that our current clinical international view is as insufficient as a lot of its ancient predecessors. during this pioneering paintings, he proposes a brand new version of the human psyche that takes account of his findings.

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Even stronger is Max Planck's comment in his Scientific Autobiography (1968): ". . " Once the new paradigm is accepted and assimilated, its basic assumptions are incorporated into textbooks. Being sources of authority and pedagogical vehicles, these must be rewritten after each scientific revolution. By their very nature, they tend to disguise not only specifics, but also the very existence of the revolutions that produced them. Science is described as a series of individual discoveries and inventions that in their totality represent the modern body of knowledge.

There is not a single interesting theory that agrees with all the facts in its domain. We find that all theories fail to reproduce certain quantitative results and that they are qualitatively incompetent to a surprising degree. All methodologies, even the most obvious ones, have their limits. New theories are initially restricted to a fairly narrow domain of facts and are only slowly extended to other areas. The mode of this extension is rarely determined by the elements that constitute the content of its predecessors.

Its consistent use of mathematics, efficacy in problem solving, and successful application in various areas of everyday life have set standards for all of science. The ability to relate basic concepts and findings to the mechanistic model of the universe developed by Newtonian physics became an important criterion of scientific legitimacy in more complex and less developed fields, such as biology, medicine, psychology, psychiatry, anthropology, and sociology. Initially, this firm adherence to the mechanistic world view had a very positive impact on scientific progress in these disciplines.

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