linda carroli on Sun, 3 Nov 2002 00:18:02 +0100 (CET)

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[Nettime-bold] Fwd: CFP - LEA Special issue : CONSCIOUSNESS STUDIES EAST ANDWEST

>In recent years, there has been a surge in interest in the study of 
>consciousness, especially within the scientific community. Such studies 
>explore the definition and nature of consciousness from points of view of 
>neurobiology, psychology and psychiatry. Often, however, such explorations 
>lead to more questions than answers, and a vast divergence of opinion on 
>what actually constitutes consciousness - is it entirely a biological 
>entity, or something that is shaped not only by biology but by other 
>factors? What roles do experience and environment play in the development 
>of consciousness, if any?
>At the same time as this surge in interest, there has been greater 
>interest on the part of the scientific community in exploring points of 
>view from other cultures and traditions, especially those with strong 
>contemplative aspects, on the nature and workings of consciousness. One 
>result of such interest has been the development of conferences between 
>Western scientists and prominent spiritual leaders, including the Dalai 
>Lama, in order to further investigate the meaning and nature of 
>consciousness in different cultures and contexts, and the implications of 
>such studies for the world and humanity at large.
>For this special issue of LEA, we are interested in discussions of 
>consciousness in the context of Western philosophical and scientific 
>traditions and how such theories might relate to, complement or contradict 
>presentations according to contemplative religious traditions such as 
>Buddhism, Hinduism, Sufism, etc. We are also interested in works by 
>artists that explore such themes, especially those utilizing technology 
>and technology-related ideas.
>We are interested in the following types of articles:
>1.Theoretical discussions - Discussions relating to the nature and 
>functions of consciousness, either according to scientific perspectives or 
>according to an established spiritual contemplative tradition. These 
>discussions may be of a theoretical nature but should be supported by 
>solid citations and references as much as possible. As the intention is to 
>compare, contrast and explore points of convergence between scientific and 
>contemplative views, we are especially interested in work that explicitly 
>discusses such points. Although contributors' opinions are welcome, we 
>would like the discussions to rely on generally accepted scholarship and 
>theories, whether within scientific or spiritual traditions. These 
>articles can be anywhere from 1,000 to 4,000 words.
>2.Artists' articles - Shorter discussions of specific technology-related 
>artworks that explore the convergence of ideas related to consciousness, 
>spirituality, etc. These can be between 500 and 1,500 words.
>We are planning this issue for publication in early 2003. If you have any 
>questions or ideas for submission, please contact Patrick Lambelet by 15 
>Nov 2002: <<>>.
>What is LEA?
>Established in 1993, the Leonardo Electronic Almanac (ISSN No: 1071-4391)
>is the electronic arm of the world's most prestigious art journal, Leonardo
>- Journal of Art, Science & Technology. LEA is jointly produced by
>Leonardo, the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology
>(ISAST) and published under the auspices of MIT Press.

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