Thich Nhat Hanh: The Four Layers of Consciousness

By Thich Nhat Hanh / 09.14.2017 The Inner Workings of Our Minds Abhidharma, Buddhism’s map of the mind, is sometimes treated as a topic of merely intellectual interest. In fact, says Thich Nhat Hanh, identifying the different elements of consciousness, and understanding how they interact, is essential to our practice of meditation. The Vietnamese Zen[…]

What Can Avicenna Teach Us about the Mind-Body Problem?

Illustration by Fumitake Uchida By Dr. Peter Adamson / 09.09.2016 Professor of Philosophy Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich Philosophers of the Islamic world enjoyed thought experiments. If the heavens vanished, they wondered, would time continue to pass? If existence were distinct from essence, would that mean that existence itself must exist? Can God turn your[…]

The Cognitive Sciences: One or Many?

“Close up of The Thinker” / Photo by Brian Hillegas, Creative Commons By Dr. Michael RW Dawson Professor of Psychology University of Alberta Introduction When experimental psychology arose in the nineteenth century, it was a unified discipline. However, as the experimental method began to be applied to a larger and larger range of psychological phenomena,[…]