Charles T. Tart - Brief Biographical Data
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Charles T. Tart, Ph.D., is internationally known for his psychological work on the nature of consciousness, particularly altered states of consciousness, as one of the founders of the field of transpersonal psychology, and for his research in parapsychology. His two classic books, Altered States of Consciousness (1969) and Transpersonal Psychologies (1975), were widely used texts that were instrumental in allowing these areas to become part of modern psychology.
Dr. Tart was born in 1937 and grew up in Trenton, New Jersey. He was active in ham radio (K2CFP), worked as a radio engineer (federal First Class Radiotelephone License) while still a teenager, and studied electrical engineering at MIT before deciding to become a psychologist. He received his Ph.D. in psychology, with research on influencing nocturnal dreams by posthypnotic suggestions, from the University of North Carolina in 1963, and then received postdoctoral training in hypnosis research at Stanford.
He was a Professor and Core Faculty Member (now Emeritus) at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (now called Sofia University) in Palo Alto, California, and Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the Davis campus of the University of California. He consulted on the original remote viewing research at Stanford Research Institute, where some of his work on ESP was important in influencing government policy makers against the deployment of the multi-billion dollar MX missile system.
In addition to Altered States of Consciousness (1969) and Transpersonal Psychologies (1975), Dr. Tart's other books areOn 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 third mind training book, Mind Science: Meditation Training for Practical People (2001) presents mindfulness training in a way that makes sense for science professionals, and his life's work in his most recent book on using proper science to provide a foundation for spirituality is The End of Materialism: How Evidence of the Paranormal is Bringing Science and Spirit Together (2009). 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. His primary goal is to build bridges between the best of 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.