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January 27, 1999

ConsciousnessZen and the Brain: Toward an Understanding of Meditation and Consciousness

Author Affiliations
 

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media

 

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by James H. Austin, 844 pp, $40, with illus, ISBN 0-262-01164-6, Cambridge, Mass, MIT Press, 1998.

JAMA. 1999;281(4):386-387. doi:10.1001/jama.281.4.386-JBK0127-2-1

At first glance the juxtaposition of Zen and brain function might seem odd, especially in an age during which scientific reductionism has produced striking advances. However, renewed interest in the mind-brain interface has created the need for synthesis rather than fractionation. Dr James Austin employs Zen meditation as a starting point for a wide-ranging discussion of the mechanisms of consciousness. His personal experiences as both a Zen practitioner and neuroscientist (Professor Emeritus of Neurology at the University of Colorado Health Science Center) provide him a unique background in this endeavor.

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