Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
by James H. Austin, 844 pp, $40, with illus, ISBN 0-262-01164-6, Cambridge, Mass, MIT Press, 1998.
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.
ConsciousnessZen and the Brain: Toward an Understanding of Meditation and Consciousness. JAMA. 1999;281(4):386-387. doi:10.1001/jama.281.4.386-JBK0127-2-1