MYSTICISM BECOMING SCIENTIFIC MAINSTREAM?

If you want to know the speed at which science has already accepted MER ‘states’ and is now galloping to a full recognition of the phenomenon and it’s influence on human development then watch Roger Walsh MD., PhD., being interviewed on “Enlightenment and Transcendence” in this short clip:

Dr Walsh is an Australian professor of Psychiatry, Philosophy and Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine, in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, within UCI’s College of Medicine, according to Wikipedia.

Wikipedia says he is “respected for his views on psychoactive drugs and altered states of consciousness in relation with the religious/spiritual experience…”

“He has spent nearly a quarter century researching and practicing in the world’s great spiritual traditions. His critically acclaimed book, Essential Spirituality, is a summary of that wisdom, outlining the seven spiritual practices common to the world’s major religions.”

A search of his name in this blog will show several appearances of Dr Walsh and his published work on this subject.

He has written a number of popularly accessible books, judging by a preliminary search. However, all of them appear to have titles that suggest an anthropological approach to the subject. This is to be expected I suppose, but disappointing.

My view from my spontaneous multiple annual mystical experiences of Reality, (MER), from the age of about 15 to 35 years of age, is that human existence is not so exclusive to Reality as humans assume.

Nor, according to my MER experiences can MER be experienced by human effort, a common view Dr Walsh seems to be validating in his interview.

If you watch the interview please share your Comments below.

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2 thoughts on “MYSTICISM BECOMING SCIENTIFIC MAINSTREAM?

  1. There is a very clear divide between scientists who are pure naturalists (materialists) and the rest in the realm of mysticism.

    You see it most clearly in the endless fuss surrounding psychedelics these days. The scientists inevitably claim that the mystic experience brought on by psilocybin is a brain state, something purely internal. Keen users without a scientific background often believe that this mystical state is an entrance into another, alternate, reality.

    The most extreme example is the elves and aliens which trippers on DMT tend to see. They often believe they are in communication with such entities through the medium of the drug. Not so, say the scientists – such entities are fabricated by the brain from all the information stored there. Rather like the fantastic drawings and pictures you see created by AI when a computer with machine learning software is given a number of example images.

    It is much the same for experiences produced by means other than drugs. The same divide will be seen between most scientists on the one hand and religious believers or other believers on the other.

    There is of course no empirical, objective repeatable proof either way. I am reminded of Bertrand Russell’s Flying Teapot.

    Whatever the “truth” may be, such brain states or experiences have been shown to have immense practical value in turning round people’s lives. After such experiences, however caused, whatever they are, people are often changed, dramatically. They often become kinder, more empathetic. More attuned to nature and less prone to pride, greed and the cardinal sins.

    Whichever attitude one takes, a mystical experience is profound and usually life changing.

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  2. I think the differences between the genuine mystical experience of Reality, (MER), and other induced or merely posited experiences claiming to be the real thing are twofold.

    First, in my experience, you can’t induce the genuine mystical experience, (MER) by any means known to mankind. Such experiences are the mere product of artificial interference with the brain’s real, created functions. These results are limited by the human condition to the human condition.

    Secondly, genuine mystical experiences are not concerned with the human condition. For some unfathomable reason they prepare some human recipients for something else, something unknown, something ineffable and humanly indescribable, something the human brain simply isn’t ‘wired’ to know, create or communicate on it’s own.

    (I’ve often speculated the brain is only spiritually engaged by MER as an inert conduit at best).

    All Is Well. Reality Rules.

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