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by Allan Combs


The Radiance of Being: Complexity, Chaos and the Evolution of Consciousness epub

ISBN: 1557787557

ISBN13: 978-1557787552

Author: Allan Combs

Category: Medical Books

Subcategory: Psychology

Language: English

Publisher: Paragon House; 1st U.S. ed edition (October 1996)

Pages: 351 pages

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Rating: 4.5

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The book is arranged into three sections: first is an introduction of ideas, beginning with the nature of consciousness and theĀ . Dr. Combs has written an extraordinary book on consciousness and its relation to all of creation.

Dr. The book moves beyond convention, applying the right amount of intellectual wisdom, pushing us beyond our short sighted thoughts on the subject of consciousness.

If while reading The Radiance of Being you become a bit giddy, perhaps it will be because Combs' words and incisive quotes have guided you into, then out of the labyrinth of the mind and onto that "farther shore" where only the One Shines, ever-new. -Stuart Sovatsky, California Institute of Integral Studies, Cybernetics & Human Knowledge, Vol. 6, No.

Allan Combs (born 1942) is an American consciousness theorist who studies the complexity of the mind

Allan Combs (born 1942) is an American consciousness theorist who studies the complexity of the mind. Biologist, theoretical neuroscientist and philosopher Walter Jackson Freeman III, wrote of Combs: "transcends the fading antimony of The Two Cultures and demonstrates the unity of human knowledge in his synthesis of modern brain dynamics with a broad sweep of history and mythology. It is a stunning achievement.

Radiance of Being: Complexity, Chaos and the Evolution of Consciousness. Edinburgh: Floris Books 1995 ISBN: 0-86315-215-5. In Radiance of Being, Allan Combs seeks to build a conceptual bridge between the conclusions of these spiritually- oriented explorers of consciousness and the theoretical frameworks of modern psychology. This kind of bridge-building would ordinarily be said to fall into the category of "transpersonal psychology. But I would hesitate to classify Combs' book as transpersonal psychology, because it stands apart from, and indeed above, the transpersonal psychology literature in so many ways.

The Radiance of Being : Complextity, Chaos and the Evolution of Consciousness Introduced by Herbert Guenther.

The radiance of being: Complexity, chaos, and the evolution of consciousness. traces the course of evolution from matter to life to mind, and describes the common patterns that evolution takes in all 3 of these domains

The radiance of being: Complexity, chaos, and the evolution of consciousness. The radiance of being: Complexity, chaos, and the evolution of consciousness. St. Paul, MN: Paragon House. The Evolution of Human Societies. traces the course of evolution from matter to life to mind, and describes the common patterns that evolution takes in all 3 of these domains. In each case, evolution has a "direction," a tendency to produce more highly organized patterns. Edinburgh: Floris Books; 1996, St Paul, MN: Paragon House. Winner of the Scientific and Medical Network book of the year award. Consciousness explained better: Towards an integral understanding of the multifaceted nature of consciousness. St Paul, MN: Paragon House. Combs, . & Holland, M. (1990).

From the introduction, the author states that his intent "is to serve as part guide and part fellow traveler on a quest into the labyrinthine realms of science and traditional wisdom in search of the roots of consciousness." The book is arranged into three sections: first is an introduction of ideas, beginning with the nature of consciousness and the mind; the second section reviews important theories of the evolution of consciousness; the third section begins with an evaluation of previous theories and goes on to examine consciousness and the higher reaches of human nature. Included is a glossary of technical terms.
It's a book I keep coming back to. There is an immense variety in there, so you can dip into it here and there, as the chapters are quite independent of one another. As mentioned in another review, Combs has no axe to grind and so presents a review of various approaches to consciousness, from non-linear or chaos/ fractal approaches (to mental states), to the wisdom traditions of the `perennial philosophy' or Wilber & co. It is an unbiased mix of hard science and philosophy / psychology. I was not surprised to see Combs' smiling face on the dust jacket - his gentle humour shines through here and there, making sometimes difficult material more readable. It is indeed better than pure Wilber in that the latter tends to become somewhat wooly in his elaborations whilst Combs adds enough cutting edge research to remain firmly on the ground even whilst discussing layers of mental evolution. It is a good introduction to other thinkers in the field such as Teilhard de Chardin, Lazlo, Piaget etc. This book deserved whatever awards it received. Thoroughly recommended.
If by "new agey" you mean drawing upon Eastern philosophy to expand current scientific thought on consciousness and its evolution, then the book will disappoint, yes. For me it served as potent seed material on further research into the origins and development of consciousness, of which Jaynes was certainly the next logical step. But Jaynes does not make the important connections between Western scientific thought on consciousnes and ancient wisdom of the Eastern mystical traditions which Combs treats quite carefully and creatively in his book. So I would suggest the two be read concurrently. Combs is decidedly more psychological, which I suspect will make it more accessible to readers interested in considering what chaos theory might mean for how we think, develop, and live, and what our next quantum leap might look like. Jaynes is more anthropological, and speaks to the human species. Combs speaks to the human being. I consider both views essential to understanding human consciousness evolution. As for readability, I believe Combs to be far ahead of Jaynes, but then I'm more at ease with psychology texts than anthropology. Plus, I think Combs has specific relevance to those who are interested in spiritual dimensions of consciousness -- for whom an Eastern world view cannot be overlooked. He spins physics with mysticism and evolution to inspire fresh thinking on the subject. That's not necessarily a "new age" approach... it's diversity of thought to which a Western thinker might do more than just tip the hat.
I'm not so certain that this book is as good as people here are saying it is. I read it based on the fact that people who read Julian Jaynes' masterpiece ('The Beginnings of Conscience in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind') have a tendency to buy it. It is a good book, and very thought provoking in sections. But, as a whole, it alternates between relatively unsophisticated philosophy and kinda popularizes a bunch of stuff that has been out there. Perhaps it's a bit too New-Agey for my tastes.... but I can't reccommend reading it..... Unless you have already read it (like me) read the Jaynes book mentioned above...
(Please don't hate me for writing this!!!!)
Dr. Combs has written an extraordinary book on consciousness and its relation to all of creation. The book moves beyond convention, applying the right amount of intellectual wisdom, pushing us beyond our short sighted thoughts on the subject of consciousness. The book is filled with many insights and thought provoking arguments. I recommend this book to anyone serious enought to think through their role in the grand scheme of things.