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    Dear Group, In an exchange of emails with Dr. Tart, he asked me to post this. In addition to other academic projects, he is the world s formost researcher
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 5, 2002
      Dear Group,
      In an exchange of emails with Dr. Tart, he asked me to post this. In
      addition to other academic projects, he is the world's formost
      researcher dealing with experiences of higher consciousness in
      members of the scientific and medical fields. I hope you will find
      this interesting.

      The Archives of Scientists' Transcendent Experiences

      http://psychology.ucdavis.edu/tart/taste/ or

      Over the years many scientists, once they've realized
      I'm a safe person to talk to, have told me about unusual
      and transcendent experiences they've had. Too often
      I'm the first and only person they've ever spoken to
      about their experiences, for fear of ridicule from their
      colleagues and adverse, prejudicial effects on their
      careers. Such fears have, unfortunately, too much of a
      basis in fact. It's not that there are a lot of
      scientists with nasty intentions deliberately trying to
      suppress their colleagues; it's just the social
      conditioning of our times.

      I want to change that, and I ask your help in doing so.

      Scientists today often occupy a social role of "high
      priests," telling laypeople and each other what is and
      isn't "real," and, consequently, what is and isn't
      valuable and sane. Unfortunately, the dominant
      materialistic and reductionistic psychosocial climate of
      contemporary science (what sociologists long ago
      named scientism, an attitude different from the
      essential process of science), rejects and suppresses a
      priori both having and sharing transcendent,
      transpersonal and altered states (or "spiritual" and
      "psychic," to use common words, in spite of their too
      vague connotations) experiences.

      >From my perspective as a psychologist, though, this
      prejudicial suppression and rejection psychologically
      harms and distorts the transcendent (and other)
      potentials of both scientists and non-scientists, and
      also inhibits the development of a genuine scientific
      understanding of the full potentials of consciousness.
      Denial of any aspects of our nature, whatever their
      ultimate ontological status, is never psychologically or
      socially healthy.

      The Archives of Scientists' Transcendent Experiences
      (TASTE) site that I have opened is intended to help
      change this restricted and pathological climate through
      the operation of a World Wide Web site in journal form
      that allows scientists from all fields - from
      anthropology through botany through mathematics
      through physics through psychology through zoology,
      to name just a few - to share their personal,
      transcendent experiences in a safe, anonymous, but
      quality controlled space that many people have ready
      access to.


      - Allows individual psychological growth in the
      contributing scientists by providing a safe means of
      expression of vital experiences;

      - Leads toward a more receptive climate to the full
      range of our humanity in the scientific professions,
      which, in turn, will benefit our world culture at large;

      - Provides research data on transcendent
      experiences in a highly articulate and conscientious
      population, scientists;

      - Facilitates the development of a full spectrum
      science of consciousness by providing both data and
      psychological support for the study of transcendent

      - Helps bridge the unfortunate gaps between
      science and the rest of culture by illustrating the
      humanity of scientists.

      Please take a look at TASTE: the URL is
      http://psychology.ucdavis.edu/tart/taste or
      www.issc-taste.org. If you find it valuable, please
      pass this information on to friends and colleagues. I
      have no budget for advertising, so must depend on
      word of mouth to get this information around.

      If you have a web site of your own and can add a link to
      TASTE, thank you! Feel free to copy one of the
      TASTE experiences as an example on your web site, if
      you like.

      In terms of conventional, slower publicity, if you can
      recommend any journals I should send notices to,
      please let me know. If you are the editor of any
      publication, you have my permission (and thanks!) to
      print this notice in your publication.

      And if you value The Archives of Scientists'
      Transcendent Experiences as much as I do and would
      like to make a financial contribution to help support
      it, email me about it. TASTE is sponsored by the
      Institute for the Scientific Study of Consciousness
      Inc., and all contributions are fully tax deductible.

      Thank you!

      Charles T. Tart, Ph.D., Editor
      Professor Emeritus, Psychology,
      University of California at Davis
      Professor, Core Faculty, Institute of Transpersonal
      Palo Alto, CA

      Charles T. Tart, Ph.D.
      Professor, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Palo
      Alto CA
      ITP Web site: www.itp.edu Fax: (630) 604-3279
      Professor Emeritus, Psychology, University of
      California, Davis
      e-mail: cttart@...
      Home page & archives:
      Editor, The Archives of Scientists' Transcendent


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