Dr. Charles T. Tart on February 8th, 2016

Souls in Religion? Charles Tart I recently heard from a colleague in a private discussion group for those who research the scientific evidence for the possibility of survival of some aspect of consciousness after death.  He was rather triumphant in getting a university course approved dealing with evidence, scientific, philosophic, humanistic, etc. as to whether […]

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Careers in Consciousness Research, Parapsychology and/or Transpersonal Psychology Charles T. Tart Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of California at Davis Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Sofia University/Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto, California  (Revision of Nov 13, 2015)   The contents of this document are Copyright © 2009  and Copyright © 2015 by Charles T. Tart. […]

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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 September 16th, 2015

Talking with my wife Judy about dreams a few days ago, I partly remembered a fascinating dream from years before that may have been telepathic.  I knew my memory was not quite complete, though: maybe I had notes somewhere?  Yes!  Here it is, and it’s fascinating. One day as I was teaching my Altered States […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on September 7th, 2015

State-Specific Sciences: Altered State Origin of the Proposal Charles T. Tart Perhaps the most important and creative idea I’ve had in my half-century career as a psychologist has been the establishment of state-specific sciences.  The basic idea is to greatly expand our ability to gain knowledge by practicing the essence of science in a variety […]

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

When I entered graduate school back in 1961, I signed up for the doctorate in clinical psychology track.  I figured with my oddball interests in psychic phenomena, altered states of consciousness, spirituality, and the like, conflicting with the physicalism and conservatism in mainstream psychology, it might be hard for me to get a regular teaching […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on July 16th, 2015

One of the specialized online discussion groups I’m part of is composed of people who are supposed to be “spiritual leaders,” open to new ideas.  I’ve never been quite sure why I was invited to join, as I’m certainly not a spiritual leader, but it turns out I’m the group’s only full-time scientist who is […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on February 22nd, 2015

People send me a lot of books and articles they would like me to read.  I choose to believe they are honoring me, thinking I am influential or important and it would be good for me to know some things. Or I suppose they might think I have really taken a wrong turn in my […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on December 25th, 2014

Religious Parapsychologists? Among the too few scientifically trained and inclined people doing parapsychological research, there is some ongoing tension between the folks (a) who, on the one hand, have advanced training in the material sciences, physics, e.g., and who aim for what we might call “pure” science by the standards of the successful material sciences, […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on December 20th, 2014

Every once in a while I make some observations or have some ideas about what all this business of being a “self” is about.  Studying Buddhism is particularly challenging in this respect, as it’s central to Buddhism, as I’ve encountered it, that there is no real self, and that clinging to a belief in such […]

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