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Book Title: Ten Zen Questions|
The author of the book: Susan Blackmore
ISBN 13: 9781851686421
Edition: Oneworld Publications
Date of issue: March 1st 2009
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The calming and de-stressing benefits of practicing Zen have long been known, but now scientists are also considering its huge potential to influence our ability to understand and experience consciousness. However, until now few scientists would publicly admit this because of the taboo surrounding the supposed conflict between scientific and 'spiritual' practices, a taboo that was responsible for the medical profession's previous dismissal of successful alternative therapies such as acupuncture. Susan Blackmore is about to change all that: she’s a world expert in brain science who has also been practising Zen for over twenty-five years. In Ten Zen Questions, she doesn’t push any religious or spiritual agenda but simply presents the methods used in Zen, such as meditation, as an aid to help us all think about things in a deeper and clearer way. Each chapter takes as its starting point one of Zen’s - and science's - most intriguing questions such as, "Am I conscious now?" and "How does thought arise?" Dr Susan Blackmore is a writer and broadcaster. She lives in Bristol, UK.
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Read information about the authorSusan Jane Blackmore is a freelance writer, lecturer and broadcaster, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Plymouth. She has a degree in psychology and physiology from Oxford University (1973) and a PhD in parapsychology from the University of Surrey (1980). Her research interests include memes, evolutionary theory, consciousness, and meditation. She practices Zen and campaigns for drug legalization. Sue Blackmore no longer works on the paranormal.
She writes for several magazines and newspapers, blogs for the Guardian newspaper and Psychology Today, and is a frequent contributor and presenter on radio and television. She is author of over sixty academic articles, about fifty book contributions, and many book reviews. Her books include Dying to Live (on near-death experiences, 1993), In Search of the Light (autobiography, 1996),Test Your Psychic Powers (with Adam Hart-Davis, 1997), The Meme Machine (1999, now translated into 13 other languages), Consciousness: An Introduction (a textbook 2003), Conversations on Consciousness (2005) and Ten Zen Questions (2009).
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