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Does the concept of ″altered states of consciousness″ rest on a mistake?

Rock, Adam and Krippner, Stanley 2007, Does the concept of ″altered states of consciousness″ rest on a mistake?, International journal of transpersonal studies, vol. 26, pp. 33-40.

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Title Does the concept of ″altered states of consciousness″ rest on a mistake?
Author(s) Rock, Adam
Krippner, Stanley
Journal name International journal of transpersonal studies
Volume number 26
Start page 33
End page 40
Publisher International Journal of Transpersonal Studies
Place of publication United States
Publication date 2007
ISSN 1321-0122
1942-3241
Summary Block (2002) has argued that the multiplicity of meanings ascribed to consciousness is due to the erroneous treatment of very different concepts as a single concept. Block distinguished four notions of consciousness intended to encapsulate the various meanings attributed to the term: phenomenal, access, self, and monitoring consciousness. We argue that what is common to all of these definitions is the implicit distinction between consciousness and the content of consciousness. We critically examine the term “altered state of consciousness” and argue that affixing the qualifier “altered state” to consciousness results in a theoretical confusion of consciousness and its content, that is, consciousness is mistaken for the content of consciousness. We refer to this as the consciousness/content fallacy and argue that it may be avoided if one supplants “altered states of consciousness” with “altered pattern of phenomenal properties,” an extrapolation of the term “phenomenal field.” Implications of the consciousness/content fallacy for theory and research are also considered.
Language eng
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007909

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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