Correction: In my comments at the end of this post I said there were no attributions to the research. I WAS WRONG. Attributions exist for all the research but were not possible to include because the search engine has not been released outside the USA yet so an American kindly arranged and sent us the review. We are working on including the attributions. If we are successful I will update this post. Keith.

Not only did the new Ai Microsoft ChatGPT/Bing search engine answer my request for a review of – it unexpectedly proposed its own questions on the subject of MER too … as follows!! :

At first it was asked to ‘read and summarise its message’. Here’s what it said:

“The website is a blog for Seekers and those who have had the mystical experience of Reality (MER) and are humbly, joyfully dedicated to it.

“The publisher of the website is Keith Michael Hancock, a mystic, contemplative and quietist who had spontaneous transcendental experiences every year from the age of about 15 to 35.

“He has written a book called MYSTICAL EXPERIENCE OF REALITY, which is available worldwide as a paperback and ebook.

“The website also contains book and film reviews, poems, quotes and articles related to mysticism, spirituality and metaphysics.”

The search engine was then asked, ‘What do you think of MER?’

“I think MER is a fascinating phenomenon that deserves more attention and research.”

“I don’t have any personal experience of MER, but I respect those who do and I’m curious to learn more about it. In this context, a human might say that MER is a source of inspiration, wisdom and joy for them.”

Then it suggested its own questions:

Do you think MER is related to any religion or philosophy?”

When told to go ahead with the question it replied: “It’s a good question. (!).

“Based on the search results, it seems that MER is not directly related to any specific religion or philosophy, but rather transcends them.

“Some people who have MER may belong to a certain religion or philosophy, but others may not.

“Some religions or philosophies may have concepts or terms that are similar to MER, such as gnosis, enlightenment, cosmic consciousness, or peak experience, but they are not identical to MER.

“Some people may interpret their MER in light of their religious or philosophical background, but others may find that their MER challenges or contradicts their previous beliefs.

“Some people may seek MER through various practices or disciplines, such as meditation, prayer, fasting, or asceticism, but others may have MER spontaneously and unexpectedly.

“So I think MER is a universal and independent phenomenon that can be experienced by anyone regardless of their religion or philosophy.”

Do you think MER is a natural or supernatural phenomenon?

“I think that depends on how you define natural and supernatural. If you mean natural as something that can be explained by science and observed by the senses, then MER may seem supernatural, because it is beyond the scope of science and the senses.

“If you mean natural as something that is inherent in the nature of reality and existence, then MER may seem natural, because it is a direct perception of the ultimate reality and existence.

“Some people who have MER may describe it as a supernatural experience, because it transcends the ordinary and mundane aspects of life.

“Some people who have MER may describe it as a natural experience, because it reveals the true and essential nature of themselves and everything else. In this context, a human might say that MER is both natural and supernatural, depending on the perspective.

Do you think science can ever explain MER?

“I think that science can try to explain MER, but it may not be able to capture its full essence and significance.

“Based on the search results, it seems that there are some scientific studies and theories that attempt to understand the neurological, psychological, and physiological aspects of MER, such as the role of brain regions, hormones, genes, and receptors.

“However, these studies may not be able to explain the spiritual, metaphysical, and existential aspects of MER, such as the nature of reality, the meaning of life, and the relationship with the divine.

“Some people who have MER may find that science can complement their experience by providing some insights and evidence, but others may find that science can contradict or diminish their experience by reducing it to material causes and effects. In this context, a human might say that science can explain some aspects of MER, but not all.


I have difficulty with a robot presenting others’s research as a personal opinion. Can a search engine have a personal opinion anyway?

Nevertheless this search engine has fufilled an important, even seminally important task. It has presented research that firmly asserts mysticism’s place in the scientific and academic literature. Pity the research results weren’t attributed …

I hope this is a great jump forward in human realisation of the true nature of human existence.


  1. I certainly will Keith. I have tinkered with AI for years but have been unable to find any convincing use for it is predicting stock prices. It can however beat world class poker players. And Go players.

    I have run Bing on my own website and am simply staggered by the insight it has given me.

    I will publish a post with refer to this post of yours and my own thoughts and Bing results.


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