This authoritative, multidisciplinary overview of altered states of consciousness (ASC) shows how their study is necessary to gain a fundamental understanding of human culture, history, and biology.
· Contains various illustrations in the two volumes
· Presents a bibliography of representative references to the literature on altered states across various disciplines and languages
· Provides convenient cross-referencing of subjects across chapters
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From prehistoric caves to current raves and virtual reality technology, humanity has always sought to alter its consciousness. Altered states of consciousness can be achieved through dreaming, drumming, dancing, meditation, hypnosis, fasting, sex, and a number of other human activities. These strategies affect consciousness by mimicking the natural responses of our nervous system.About the Author:
Etzel Cardeña, PhD, holds the endowed Thorsen Chair of Psychology at Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
Michael Winkelman, MPH, PhD, retired from the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, in 2009 and currently lives in the central highlands of Brazil where he is developing permaculture-based intentional communities.
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