Consciousness, Literature and


 the Arts




Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness

ASSC promotes rigorous analytic research on consciousness. The official purpose of the organization is to encourage research within cognitive science, neuroscience, philosophy, and other relevant disciplines in the sciences and humanities, directed toward understanding the nature, function, and underlying mechanisms of consciousness. There are interesting e-seminars and a forthcoming conference this summer


The Center for Consciousness Studies (CCS) at the University of Arizona offers a rigorous yet inclusive approach to the study of consciousness and scientifically rigorous and sustained discussions of all phenomena related to the mind. In December 1997 the Fetzer Institute awarded 1.4 million dollars to formalize and expand our activities in the form of a Center for Consciousness Studies. CCS has the following stated mission:


Consciousness and Cognition, provides a forum for a natural-science approach to the issues of consciousness, voluntary control, and self. It aims to be both scientifically rigorous and open to novel contributions. The Editors welcome submissions from cognitive scientists and neuroscientists, social, developmental, and personality researchers, linguists, philosophers, and others committed to a scientific understanding of the journal's three main issues. The journal features two types of articles: empirical research (in the form of regular articles and short reports) and theoretical articles. Book reviews, integrative theoretical and critical literature reviews, and tutorial reviews are also published.


Consciousness and Experiential Psychology.
Consciousness is the natural centre of psychology. There has been an explosion of research during recent years and in response a new section of the British Psychological Society, Consciousness and Experiential Psychology (CEP), has been formed. Its purpose is to bring scientific research on consciousness closer together with other traditions of inquiry and to explore how this research can be used to improve the quality of life.


Esoterica: The Journal of Esoteric Studies A peer-reviewed academic journal devoted to the transdisciplinary study of Western esotericism: Western esoteric traditions including alchemy, astrology, Gnosticism, gnosis, magic, mysticism, Rosicrucianism, and secret societies, and their ramifications in art history, history, literature, and politics.


Institute of Noetic Sciences

For 25 years, the Institute of Noetic Sciences has been at the forefront of research and education in consciousness and human potential. From the beginning we have pursued this inquiry through rigorous science.  We honor open-minded approaches and strive to bring discernment to our work. We are not a spiritual sect, political-action group, or single cause institute.


Journal of Consciousness Studies  How does the mind relate to the brain? Can computers be conscious? What do we mean by subjectivity and the self? These questions are being keenly debated in fields as diverse as cognitive science, neurophysiology and philosophy. JCS is a peer-reviewed journal which examines these issues in plain English  


Projections: The Journal for Movies and Mind is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal that explores the ways in which recent  advancements in fields such as psychoanalysis, cognitive psychology,  neuroscience, genetics and evolution help to increase our  understanding  of film, and how film itself facilitates investigations into the  nature and functions of the mind. The journal incorporates points of view  from  film studies, psychology, aesthetics, and philosophy, and science.  For information about subscriptions please go to the journal's web site. The journal welcomes essays, from 5000-8,000 words, for possible publication.   Please send submissions by email to the Editor, Ira Konigsberg:


Science & Consciousness Review  Science & Consciousness Review is a community-building effort. Many scientific communities study how the human brain makes possible perception, memory, and even attention. But for historical reasons, we have no scientific community for exploring consciousness ---  including our own experiences of the world, of each other and of ourselves. It is probably the most important neglected topic in science.


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