Ongoing Thoughts on Spiritual Ideas (Buddhism, e.g.) and Practices for Understanding Consciousness – 1 Charles T. Tart I’ve always tried to get essential science (not dismissive materialism) and essential spirituality (ways of direct experience, not dogma) to interact to advance both areas.  Our knowledge in all areas is far, far from complete.  Advancing our […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on November 1st, 2016

Gods and Goddesses and ??? Charles T. Tart A number of parapsychologists and I discuss many contemporary research issues on a private discussion list.  Recently we’ve had some discussion about Srinivasa Ramanujan, a Fellow of the Royal Society (1887-1920), a self-taught Indian mathematician.  Self-taught in that he had no formal training in mathematics, but claimed […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on August 26th, 2016

Prometheus and Atlas – Great Book Number 1 Charles T. Tart This month has been a rich time for receiving books that I not only ought to, but definitely want to read!  This is to tell you about one I received today and have already done some reading in, Prometheus and Atlas, by Jason Reza […]

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This is a modification and addition of draft version of a chapter to appear in Kaklauskas, Clements, Hocoy, & Hoffman (Eds.), Shadows & Light: Theory, Research, and Practice in Transpersonal Psychology, to be published in 2016 or 2017 by University Professors Press   The Importance of Curiosity: In Transpersonal Psychology, in Spiritual Development Charles T. […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on June 3rd, 2016

Out of Body Experiences — Half A Century On About half a century ago – have I really been me, doing my stuff, that long? – I had an amazing stroke of luck. As part of trying to make sense of life, particularly reconciling the religion I was raised in and modern science, I had […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on May 21st, 2016

  Some years ago I started a private discussion group to connect the few people in the world who have published scholarly and scientific research on the question of whether we survive death in some form.  Although there is an enormous amount of relevant evidence suggesting that some aspect of us survives death, there are […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on April 3rd, 2016

To think about…. When we research whether Person A survived death, the kind of material we consider evidence is of several kinds.  A very important one is getting factually correct information about Person A (usually through a medium) while she or he was alive, information that we could not reasonably expect would be known to […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on February 18th, 2016

Occasionally I get questions from students that strike me as of general interest, so here are some from a young woman and my responses, with my responses not at all comprehensive, but, hopefully, stimulating thoughts… ———- Forwarded message ———- Subject: Questions about the field in Parapsychology To: Office of the Parapsychological Association <office@parapsych.org> Hello my […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on September 29th, 2015

PASCAL’S WAGER: To Believe or Not Believe in God.  Or?  Charles Tart Yesterday (9-28-15) there was an excellent opinion article by philosopher Gary Gutting in the NY Times on Pascal’s wager.   I think my reflections on it, emailed to Professor Gutting, might spark some interesting thoughts.   PASCAL’S WAGER:  the argument that it is in one’s […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on August 2nd, 2015

A few years ago, I and a few other Western scientists had an opportunity at informal meetings with a number of Tibetan lamas to talk about how Buddhism, particularly Tibetan Buddhism, might become more established and useful in modern, Western culture. I’ve just recently come across a preview of the brief talk I gave toward […]

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