Can Brain Science Adequately Address Mystical and Spiritual Experiences (or UFOs)?
From our archives comes a Chapter from William Braud's Brains, Science, and Nonordinary and Transcendent Experiences: Can Conventional Concepts and Theories Adequately Address Mystical and Paranormal Experiences?
William Braud writes in his abstract that the Chapter "provides a balanced account of both the strengths and limitations of conventional cognitive science and neuroscience."
Citing William James and other notables, Mr. Braud offers the suggestion that the human brain (or consciousness) is capable and incapable of dealing with paranormal events, of which UFOs may represent such events:
Our normal waking consciousness, rational consciousness . . . is but one special type of consciousness, whilst all about it, parted from it by the filmiest of screens, there lie potential forms of consciousness entirely different. We may go through life without suspecting their existence; but apply the requisite stimulus, and at a touch they are there in all their completeness, definite types of mentality which probably somewhere have their field of application and adaptation. No account of the universe in its totality can be final which leaves these other forms of consciousness quite disregarded. (Varieties of Religious Experiences, Page 388)