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Mystical Experiences: The Neverending Debate


Register 2020-01-23 19:00 2020-01-23 21:00 America/Los_Angeles Mystical Experiences: The Neverending Debate

Mystical experiences are experiences where people perceive the world and the things in it differently, feel they have gained profound intuitive knowledge about reality and the physical world, and often describe their experience as “an awakening.” Well-documented scientific studies have shown that these are genuine neurological events where the brain’s functioning is changed, and the person processes sensory information differently than normal. Mystical experiences were the genesis of all religions from Buddhism to Islam to Christianity; are the basis of the Eastern, American Indian, and other aboriginal ways of thinking and philosophy; and an integral part of art perception and creation. They are also experienced by agnostics, atheists, and scientists. This course is an introduction and group discussion about mystical experiences. And, as the title points to, there is no known or objectively knowable “final answer” to what are the meaning and significance of mystical experiences: Merely an evolutionary neurological phenomenon? Psychosis? Experience with religious meaning? Other? Thus, different opinions, viewpoints, and personal experiences are welcome and expected. The instructor is a cognitive scientist, philosopher, and interfaith minister and is the author of the standard university textbooks Cognitive Science of Religion and Belief Systems and Understanding Human Minds and Their Limits.

Fireside Room, Westside UU Congregation, 7141 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98136, USA

Mystical experiences are experiences where people perceive the world and the things in it differently, feel they have gained profound intuitive knowledge about reality and the physical world, and often describe their experience as “an awakening.” Well-documented scientific studies have shown that these are genuine neurological events where the brain’s functioning is changed, and the person processes sensory information differently than normal.

Mystical experiences were the genesis of all religions from Buddhism to Islam to Christianity; are the basis of the Eastern, American Indian, and other aboriginal ways of thinking and philosophy; and an integral part of art perception and creation. They are also experienced by agnostics, atheists, and scientists.

This course is an introduction and group discussion about mystical experiences.

And, as the title points to, there is no known or objectively knowable “final answer” to what are the meaning and significance of mystical experiences: Merely an evolutionary neurological phenomenon? Psychosis? Experience with religious meaning? Other? Thus, different opinions, viewpoints, and personal experiences are welcome and expected.

The instructor is a cognitive scientist, philosopher, and interfaith minister and is the author of the standard university textbooks Cognitive Science of Religion and Belief Systems and Understanding Human Minds and Their Limits.