Abstract:

Although far from unanimous, there seems to be a general consensus that neither mind nor brain can be reduced without remeinder to the other.

This essay argues that indeed both mind and brain need to be included in a non reductionic way in any genuinely integral theory of consciousness. In order to facilitate such integration, this essay presents the results of an extensive cross-cultural literature research on the “mind” side of the equation, suggesting that the mental phenomena that need to be considered in any integral theory include developmental levels or waves of consciousness, developemental lines or streams of consciousness, states of consciousness, and the self (or self-system).

A “mastertemplate” of the sevarious phenomena, culled from over one-hundred psychological systems East and West, is presented. It is suggested that this mastertemplate represents a general summary of the “mind” side of the brain-mind integration. The essay concludes with reflections on the “hard problem,” or how the mind-side can be integrated with the brain-side to generate a more integral theory of consciousness.

This essay also ends up being a fairly comprehensive summary of my own psychological model, or an outline of an integral psychology.

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