Dr. Charles T. Tart, Ph.D., an
internationally renowned scientist, author and teacher, pioneered the field of consciousness studies decades ago when he
was one of the first Western scientists to promote the study of
the physiological and psychological effects of meditation
practice. His classic book Altered States of Consciousness
made the phrase "altered states" a household term.
Currently a Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of
California, Davis, as well as a core faculty member of the
Institute for Transpersonal Psychology, Tart has authored 14
books (three of them on Mindfulness) and more
than 250 articles in leading professional journals, including Science
Tart was a Professor of Psychology at the Davis campus of the University of California for 28 years, where he conducted his research and was
a popular teacher, and is now a Core Faculty Member at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, California, a unique Ph.D.
granting institution that believes you should educate a person's body, spirit and emotions as well as their intellectual mind. (Note ITP
has now become Sofia University as of 2012.)
In the 1970s Dr. Tart consulted on the original remote viewing research program at Stanford
Research Institute, where some of his parapsychological work was instrumental in influencing government policy makers against the funding
of the proposed multi-billion dollar MX missile system.
In addition to "Altered States of Consciousness" (1969) and "Transpersonal Psychologies" (1975), Dr. Tart's other books are "On Being
Stoned: A Psychological Study of Marijuana Intoxication" (1971), "States of Consciousness" (1975), "Symposium on Consciousness" (1975,
with co-authors), "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), "Living the Mindful Life" (1994) and "Body Mind Spirit: Exploring the Parapsychology of Spirituality" (1997), which looks at the
implications of hard scientific data on psychic abilities as a foundation for believing we have a real spiritual nature.
His 2001 book, "Mind Science: Meditation Training for Practical People" (2001) presents mindfulness training in a way that makes sense for science
professionals, and his most recent book, "The End of Materialism: How Evidence of the Paranormal is Bringing Science and Spirit Together,"
integrates his work in parapsychology and transpersonal psychology to show that it is reasonable to be both scientific and spiritual in
outlook, contrary to the widely believed idea that science shows that there is nothing to spirituality.
He has had more than 250 articles published in professional journals and books, including lead articles in such prestigious scientific
journals as Science and Nature.
Not just a laboratory researcher, Dr. Tart has been a student of Aikido (in which he holds a black belt), of meditation, of Gurdjieff's
Fourth Way work, and of Buddhism. He has been happily married for more than 50 years and has two children and two grandchildren. His
primary goal is still to build bridges between the genuinely scientific and genuinely 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.
Join Dr. Tart in a three-week exploration of Mindfulness
Meditation Practices, from April 5 - 27, 2014. Learn
In his latest book, Dr. Tart presents over fifty years of
scientific research conducted at the nation's leading
universities that proves humans do have natural spiritual
impulses and abilities. The End of Materialism makes a
compelling argument for the union of science and spirituality in
light of this new evidence, and explains why a truly rational
viewpoint must address the reality of the spiritual world. Tart's
work marks the beginning of an evidence-based spiritual awakening
that will profoundly influence your understanding of the deeper
forces at work in our lives.
beautifully written book is not only a masterful
survey of parapsychology and psychical research, but
also a thoughtful analysis of scientific inquiry and
how it can be used to explore and explain the
spiritual aspects of human nature."
Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Saybrook Graduate
School and Research Center, San Francisco;
coauthor of Extraordinary Dreams and How to
Work with Them, and coeditor of Varieties
of Anomalous Experience.