Mind-body dualism conceives of mind and body as distinct, categorically different and separate phenomena. As such, it burdens us with the problem of having to explain how these phenomena are constituted and how they relate to each other.
Findings from consciousness research appear to demonstrate that consciousness is a function of the brain. Amongst others, these findings demonstrate the extent to which consciousness and cognition can be altered by changing brain chemistry, or, e.g. after surgery. These findings are consistent with the idea that mind and body are fundamentally a single whole, different aspects of which manifest depending on the method and perspective of the observer.
These findings offer fascinating new possibilities for reconciling religious and scientific perspectives on human behaviour but their most important implications may be in the realm of ethics ...
In "Biology, Consciousness & Culture: The three defining domains of Human Existence", author Daniel Waterman explores the relevance of Birth Trauma, Pre- and Perinatal Psychology in understanding Human Behaviour and consider the implications of this awareness to an understanding of the relationships between human subjectivity and socio-political conditions.
Integration, as a process, is not about compromise or "tolerance" of others and their ideas. It is about working together to discover what is truthful, effective, meaningful and worthwhile. For this reason, Integration is both an ethical undertaking and, often, a 'therapeutic' process requiring a willingness to examine private biases and (unconscious) motives, to consider feelings and intuitions as well as facts and logic, and especially a willingness to engage with others in exploring their unique perspectives.
Integration is as much about understanding how the world works as it is about understanding how we ourselves work, and how we function in relation to others and as communities. Integration is not an endpoint but an aim we can pursue both through self-inquiry and in our communication and behaviour.
Integration is both a quest for what works and an inquiry into our values and needs and how best to promote these in a world that is thoroughly interconnected.
Death; a much discussed and often avoided subject; Death; the inescapable fate of all; Death; a scary and almost forbidden word; Death; a necessary part of life; Death; an elusive mystery, an elusive fact.
In "I’m ready for the journey, but no one wants to say goodbye…" Irene van Schagen-Hadjidakis offers reflections on death and dying inspired by her experiences as a nurse in palliative care. In this moving personal account of her experiences, the author asks whether our approach to the subject of death really does us justice or whether preoccupation with the medical aspect of dying detracts from our ability to respond to the spiritual needs of those involved.