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Monday, October 20, 2014

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?

http://fkbureau.homestead.com/brains.htm

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)

RR

5 Comments:

  • Rich, your link provided is a no go, page not available...

    As you provide in your post, I do like the invocation of William James. Another brilliant psychologist who did fringe work (by today's standards) in the area of universal conscious streaming. James' use of introspection is sorely missed in today's world of psychology.

    And UFOs...

    By Blogger Tim Hebert, at Monday, October 20, 2014  

  • Thanks, Tim.

    I'm going in to fix the link.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, October 20, 2014  

  • Thanks, RR...
    This is great to see, for as much as it may mean in some paranormal experiences.
    Some think that the popularity of a myth, the slutiness of the media and the many forms of confirmation bias that assault us, take care of all the rest. I am one of those 'some'.

    All the best,
    Woody

    By Blogger Woody, at Tuesday, October 21, 2014  

  • Woody:

    I think Bruce Duensing might agree with you.

    We are all inundated with much input -- most chosen by us, much not chosen: it's just there, in the societal ether.

    How can we know anything -- for sure?

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Tuesday, October 21, 2014  

  • With UAP, you have the observer and what was observed in a relationship where information takes on a life of it’s own and does not follow how our normal experiential rules of a predictable context whose chief characteristic crosses the biological boundary between sleep and waking cycles.
    These experiences are waking dreams, unpredictable while remaining recognisable.
    Certainly neurology is one of several keys to unlock the processing of information in the brain we are not consciously aware of as everything we are is based on the brains simulation of experience itself.
    Nothing can be directly experienced although we are under the illusion that we do.
    We continually hear our own voice in our head and yet there is no tongue or larynx to produce sound as well as not requiring ears to hear ourselves speak and yet we constantly accept this inner” voice“as a normal state of affairs as direct experience but it is not.
    We are so embedded in this simulation we never question it’s roots.
    Our normal waking state relies on predictable pathways based on established relationships in the triad of semiotics ( syntax, semantics, pragmatics) we call cognition ( recognition) based on the brain simulating the environment. What UAP does is disturb this processing by pathways through the randomising of semiotics. For me this represents an event (relationship) that is parasitic and utilises information from the brain simulations to signal a something beyond our territory that manipulates our normal simulations by isolating them which results in a waking dream state. This “alien” programming is prone to interpretation by the creation of red herring or straw dog images or representations which account for the wide variety of forms and how these transferences are carried. Flying chariots, spaceships of an endless variety, robots, blonde Venusians, Reptiles..the list is endless.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Tuesday, October 21, 2014  

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