Dear K. C. Blair, Date Composed: October 13, 2005
The latest newsletter of the Parapsychological Association listed your consciousness researcher directory and invited the submission of one paragraph bios. So here's 3 short versions of mine, and good luck on your project!
Charles T. Tart
Very Short Bio: (117 words)
Charles T. Tart, Ph.D., is Core Faculty at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and Professor Emeritus of Psychology at UC Davis. He is internationally known for research with altered states, transpersonal psychology, and parapsychology. His 13 books include two classics, "Altered States of Consciousness" and "Transpersonal Psychologies." Two recent books, "Waking Up" and "Living the Mindful Life" synthesized Buddhist, Sufi and Gurdjieffian mindfulness training ideas with modern psychology. His 1997 "Body Mind Spirit: Exploring the Parapsychology of Spirituality," explored the scientific foundations of transpersonal psychology to show it is possible to be both a scientist and a spiritual seeker. His most recent book is "Mind Science: Meditation Training for Practical People." Full information is available at www.paradigm-sys.com/cttart/.
Short Length Bio: (182 words)
Charles T. Tart, Ph.D., Core Faculty at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at UC Davis and Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, is internationally known for his research with altered states of consciousness, transpersonal psychology, and parapsychology. His books include two that have been called classics, viz., "Altered States of Consciousness" and "Transpersonal Psychologies," as well as 11 others dealing with states of consciousness, marijuana intoxication and parapsychology. His 1986 "Waking Up: Overcoming the Obstacles to Human Potential" synthesized Buddhist and Sufi mindfulness training ideas transmitted by G. I. Gurdjieff with modern psychology, as did "Living the Mindful Life" and his most recent book, "Mind Science: Meditation Training for Practical People" (2000), further exploring the possibilities of awakening. He has been a student of Aikido, Buddhist meditation, Gurdjieff's work and of other psychological and spiritual growth disciplines. His primary goals are to build bridges between the scientific and spiritual communities and to help bring about a refinement and integration of Western and Eastern approaches to personal and social growth. Full information is available at www.paradigm-sys.com/cttart/.
Moderate Length Bio: (362 words)
Charles T. Tart studied electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before deciding to become a psychologist. He received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1963, and then postdoctoral training with Ernest R. Hilgard at Stanford University. He is currently a Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the Davis campus of the University of California, a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Noetic Sciences in Petaluma, California, and Core Faculty at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. He is internationally known for his research with altered states of consciousness, transpersonal psychology, and parapsychology. Tart's 13 books include two that have been called classics, viz. "Altered States of Consciousness" (1969) and "Transpersonal Psychologies" (1975), as well as "On Being Stoned: A Psychological Study of Marijuana Intoxication" (1971), "States of Consciousness" (1975), "Symposium on Consciousness" (1975, with P. Lee, R. Ornstein, D. Galin & A. Deikman), "Learning to Use Extrasensory Perception" (1976), "Psi: Scientific Studies of the Psychic Realm" (1977), "Mind at Large: Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Symposia on the Nature of Extrasensory Perception" (1979, with H. Puthoff & R. Targ), "Waking Up: Overcoming the Obstacles to Human Potential" (1986) "Open Mind, Discriminating Mind: Reflections on Human Possibilities" (1989), as well as more than 250 journal articles. Recent books include "Living the Mindful Life," (1994), which further explores the possibilities of awakening and "Body Mind Spirit: Exploring the Parapsychology of Spirituality" and his most recent book, "Mind Science: Meditation Training for Practical People" (2000). As well as a laboratory researcher, he has been a student of Aikido, in which he holds a black belt, of meditation, of G. I. Gurdjieff's work and other psychological and spiritual disciplines. His primary goal is to build bridges between the scientific and spiritual communities and to help bring about a refinement and integration of Western and Eastern approaches for knowing the world and for personal and social growth, with his latest project (which has received the year 2000 award for the Best Social Innovation in the Science category from the Institute for Social Inventions) being The Archives of Scientists' Transcendent Experiences (TASTE) (www.issc-taste.org). Full information is available at www.paradigm-sys.com/cttart/.
PS: As part of spreading the word about this project, I am regularly attaching this PS to my correspondence.
The Archives of Scientists' Transcendent Experiences (TASTE)
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
- 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
- Facilitates the development of a full spectrum science of consciousness by providing both data and
psychological support for the study of transcendent experiences.
- 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.
Charles T. Tart, Ph.D., Editor
Professor Emeritus, Psychology,
University of California at Davis
Professor, Core Faculty, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology,
Palo Alto, CA