Contemplative Science: The field of science which investigates the neurobiological, psychological, and philosophical facets of introspection.
The field of contemplative science was first conceived by a cognitive neuroscientist named Francisco Varela. “On the one hang, science proceeds because of its pragmatic link to the phenomenal world; indeed, it’s validation is derived from the efficacy of this link.
On the other hand, the tradition of meditative practice proceeds because of its systematic and disciplined link to human experience. The validation of this tradition is derived from it’s ability to transform progressively our lived experience and self-understanding.”