Rational Mysticism Spirituality Meets Science in the Search for Enlightenment

ISBN-10: 061844663X
ISBN-13: 9780618446636
Edition: 2003
Authors: John Horgan
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Description: In Rational Mysticism, acclaimed journalist John Horgan embarks on an adventure of discovery, investigating the ways in which scientists, theologians, and philosophers are attempting to formulate an empirical explanation of spiritual enlightenment.  More...

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List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 3/22/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

In Rational Mysticism, acclaimed journalist John Horgan embarks on an adventure of discovery, investigating the ways in which scientists, theologians, and philosophers are attempting to formulate an empirical explanation of spiritual enlightenment. Horgan visits and interviews a fascinating Who's Who of experts, including theologian Huston Smith; Andrew Newberg, explorer of the brain's "God module"; Ken Wilber, a transpersonal psychologist and Buddhist; psychedelic pharmacologist Alexander Shulgin; Oxford-educated psychologist and Zen practitioner Susan Blackmore; and postmodern shaman Terence McKenna. Horgan also explores the effects of reputed enlightenment-inducing techniques such as fasting, meditation, prayer, sensory deprivation, and drug trips. In his lively and thought-provoking inquiry, Horgan finds surprising connections among seemingly disparate disciplines, not the least of which is a shared awe of the nature of the universe.

Introduction: Lena's Feather
Huston Smith's Perennial Philosophy
Attack of The Postmodernists
The Weightlifting Bodhisattva
Can Neurotheology Save Us?
The God Machine
The Sheep Who Became A Goat
Zen and James Austin's Brain
In the Birthplace of LSD
God's Psychoanalyst
The Man in the Purple Sparkly Suit
Ayahuasca
The Awe-Ful Truth
Epilogue: Winter Solstice
Acknowledgments
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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