Consciousness: What's It All About? with Charles Tart, Ph.D.

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The science of consciousness and how it is changing, is explored in this dialogue with Charles Tart, a scientist and pioneer in the fields of psychology, parapsychology, dreams and meditation. He discusses Eastern wisdom in a way the Western mind readily comprehends. The nature of consciousness lies at the heart of it all, for "if we don't understand our consciousness, we don't understand anything," says Tart. He also touches on the nature of soul, reality, reincarnation, science and psychology in a down-to-earth manner. He stresses the need to be mindful throughout life, because "the whole world is an art gallery when you're mindful. There are beautiful things everywhere, and they're all free." (hosted by Michael Toms)


Charles T. Tart, Ph.D. is internationally known for his psychological work on the nature of consciousness, particularly on altered states of consciousness, and for his research in scientific parapsychology. He is one of the founders of the field of transpersonal psychology. Tart’s two classic books, Altered States of Consciousness (Doubleday 1972) and Transpersonal Psychologies (Harper Collins 1992), were instrumental in introducing these subjects to modern psychology. 

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • How cultivating spaciousness can increase your freedom
  • How to liberate yourself from yourself
  • How to become that which you seek
  • What is the conflict between the scientific and the spiritual
  • What are the insights on the recent scientific discovery of cloning
  • What does it mean to be a human being
  • What is the soul and how does it come into play in Buddhism
  • What are specific tools to practice mindfulness in your everyday life
  • How do you distinguish between symbolic and practical contributions of quantum physics
  • How can you step away from the master/student relationship, and test it out for yourself
  • What is the nature of consciousness and the art of mindfulness
Host: Michael Toms        Interview Date: 3/14/1997      Program Number: 2620