Research into altered states of consciousness. The lecture part of this course reviews East-West approaches to spiritual experiences.

Topics covered:

  • Objective and subjective perspectives to higher states of consciousness.
  • Neural and physiological studies, compared with experiential testimonials.
  • Cartography of HSC.
  • Major modalities such as sleep and dreams, trance, psychoactive plants and drugs, hypnosis, meditation, lucid dreaming, biofeedback, psychosis, ecstatic and mystical states of consciousness.
  • The challenges to the scientific Newtonian-Cartesian paradigms.

Altered States of Consciousness is a hybrid course, with both online and workshop components.