Alan Watts gives me so many light bulb moments when he talks that I feel all warm and bright and hopeful. He is the antidote to all the stupidity we are exposed to everyday.
This is interesting and pretty thorough. I'll have to listen to it again in order to get more out of it - it's chock full of various techniques and all kinds of information about the techniques.
There's more Buddhist or various ancient meditative-practice foreign words than I am comfortable with, but maybe if I listen to this book 10 or 20 years down the road, those words and their definitions won't make my eyes glaze over.
The book is still an awesome presentation with excellent explanations throughout. Well worth several listens to absorb so many ideas.
If you are a person well read on Philosophy and Physics, with common ground being assumed by the author that you too have read the great thinkers' ideas, then this book which discusses the current state of science and investigation into Consciousness, along with Buddhist terminology and definitions of Consciousness, may be of interest to you.
As a person who un-enrolled from a Philosophy class after one look at Chapter 1 and listening to a couple of lectures, and who also repeated Physics 1a, due to a lack of interest in the topic, but it being a requirement for my major . . . Philosophy or Physics have never interested me. Never.
Ironically, I do have a deep interest in Consciousness so have suffered through most Consciousness-related books with a usual forced review of Philosophy or Physics basics.
This book, unfortunately for me, was about significant ideas put forth by great thinkers in Philosophy and Physics, identifying their theories or accomplishments and discussing the impact or meaning of their ideas, particularly in relation to Consciousness in the more broadly defined Consciousness (greater reality than just matter.)
The current restrictive state of scientific investigations into Consciousness was discussed too, reminding me a bit of Rupert Sheldrake's recent books on a similar theme.
More background reading of the classics in both Philosophy and Physics would be helpful to get the most out of this book.
The introduction and explanation of Buddhist terminology related to Consciousness was interesting - maybe with self-application to deeper reading of classics and the greats in Philosophy and Physics and more disciplined meditative practices this information and discussion of ideas will mean something to me and I can revisit this book - in about 10 or 20 years.