Combining science and religion with history and politics and more, ‘God 4.0: On the Nature of Higher Consciousness and the Experience Called 'God'’ by Robert Ornstein looks to explore why humans are still fixated on our higher purpose, the meaning of life, and our wider consciousness. This book is well written and although dealing with multiple sources and sometimes technical ideas, I think that it will be easily accessible to a wide range of readers. Written by award-winning psychologist and brain researcher Robert Ornstein with his wife Sally Ornstein, you’d expect nothing less. Each part of the book is clearly defined, with chapters and sections that develop their ideas in a way that is clear and enlightening. This book is aimed at those who want to think critically about our world and consciousness; not just the day-to-day life we see before us but the higher consciousness we experience that some people connect to religion or spirituality. This book sets out that it is neither an argument for science or religion, but looks to explore the connections between the two, and many other topics besides. The recognition that this transcendence would take us beyond faith and to a level of consciousness which could provide the answers for a lot of our world's problems. I found ‘God 4.0’ to be an enlightening and inspiring read, and one that can fit among the self-help (or should I say self-understanding?) genres alongside those of science and spirituality. Charlotte Walker, A LoveReading Ambassador
This is a reprinting of the authoritative essay written in 1971 from the volume of work entitled Psychology of Meditation by Claudio Naranjo & Robert E. Ornstein. This new Malor book edition examines meditation from two perspectives: first that of religions and philosophies such as Zen, Yoga and from the Sufis and Christian mystics, and second from the modern psychologist's point of view -- what is happening neurophysiologically and what is the resulting experience? By looking at meditation from both points of view, Ornstein produces a modern scientific view - one sympathetic to the practice and enables the reader to appreciate and understand meditation as a tool which, under the right direction, leads to a different mode of perception. Robert Ornstein, Ph.D., has written more than twenty books on the brain, mind, and consciousness since the publication of the first edition of this book in 1971. This work emphasizes our urgent need and ability to develop perceptions beyond our human inheritance. "I wrote this essay in 1970, when meditation was a curiosity, known only to a few tie-dyed people and, of course, The Beatles...this book now looks like a good basic introduction to the high-tech research that followed." --Robert Ornstein, from the Preface to the 2008 edition
In 'Multimind' Robert Ornstein presents a startling new concept of how the human mind works. Writing in an easy-to-read and accessible way, Ornstein introduces the new science of the mind, explaining why our emotions and attitudes are so easily swayed, and why it is so difficult to really know oneself, or another person. Ornstein faults the narrowness of IQ tests, how they ignore so many important human capacities, stressing the many varied abilities that make up human intelligence. Citing studies of hypnosis and multiple personality, he explains how several minds coexist in each of us – that we have many "small minds" which simultaneously, but independently process feelings, fantasies, ideas, fixed routines, and interpersonal responses, how different parts of our minds come to the fore to handle different situations. This means that "we" are not the same person from moment to moment, but rather have different memories and abilities in different situations. Reading this groundbreaking book will help you take a step towards understanding who you – and all of us – really are.