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Notions of Consciousness and Reality

  • Imants Baruss
  • Robert J. Moore


The researcher approaching the study of the nature of consciousness for the first time is often bewildered by the plethora of viewpoints and lack of consensus in this area of study. Why does this situation exist? The problem appears to lie in the disparity and incompatibility of firmly held ideas about the nature of consciousness and the manner in which it is to be studied. Many of these ideas are defended by their proponents, not only as the only legitimate ideas about consciousness, but as the only existent ones. What apears to be accepted in theory, but fails to be appreciated in practice, is the recognition that these various versions of consciousness are correlated with a given person’s purported experience and their personal beliefs about the nature of reality. After briefly demonstrating the disparity of views concerning consciousness, an empirical study examining the nature of the relationship between notions of consciousness and beliefs about reality is described.


Survey Questionnaire Conceptual System Epistemological Belief Mystical Experience Transcendent Reality 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Imants Baruss
    • 1
  • Robert J. Moore
    • 2
  1. 1.University of ReginaCanada
  2. 2.Campion CollegeUniversity of ReginaCanada

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