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January 16, 2019

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Yes,as far as I understand what he says I agree I think.
Feelings, experiences etc are real experiences.
One has not to ''make''something out of it..he says right?
I understand that.
But what happens,happens... it makes me spiritually happy..
A feeling a belonging to somehing greater then me..
I am a part of the whole..that is what I happen to feel..
So the discovery about all this,is not just ''something''

What Dewey is saying is exactly what studies through neuroscience is showing. My often quoted examples from Kevin Nelson's 'The God Impulse' is but one researcher among many who has extensively researched many of the experiences we posit under the title of spiritual or mystical. His findings reveal how all the many varied states we experience and term spiritual, arise and occur in the brain. He also has some interesting findings on self and consciousness.

'Believing in experiences outside the brain is faith'.

Imagine if it was generally acknowledged that spiritual experiences were not interpreted as signs or messages from particular God's or of supernatural origins but as normal and natural human experiences. It would close many doors that maintain that my religion/beliefs are true and right and yours are wrong or evil. It would be one huge area where conflict and separation was eliminated.

But I dream. We still can't agree on many everyday facts.

s* has something there about being spiritually happy and belonging to something greater.

I wonder that the experiences which arise when that particularly active part of our brains (mind or thinking) is quieter and less active, the feelings and experiences that are usually unheard become apparent enabling our natural connections to life and our environment to be seen and felt.

Consider hearing different sounds all day and night with or without meditation with its source somewhere inside than outside which I may categorise as some mystical experience than may be interpreted in a different manner. As far as some lightning or else is concerned it could be agreed to an extent as not a mystical experience.

But how vivid are such out of body or inside body experiences during meditation or even during sleep, their intensity, extent and duration may differ from person to person and therefore these parameters well may define the exact nature of such experiences. Meaning whether such inner experiences were hallucinations or something more real than this world - perceived in a state of more consciousness and light. If any among us who has such an intense inner experience sometimes or now can explain it further.

Any good scientist would prefer investigation to conclusive statement or conjecture.

Hence, the necessity to duplicate such experience for oneself, and with some level of control, is the minimum condition to make any scientific comment about such witness.

For those who have not done so and have nothing to report, what is left but third hand anecdote and fourth hand conjecture?

By one's very distance from it, the capacity to make any truthful statement is remarkably limited.

What we can do is define the rules of objective, scientific assessment of one's own experience as well as the means of working with those who claim such experience.

For example, the testimony of those children who recall details of another life which ended before theirs, with details that could not have been gained by conventional means. A small but statistically significant number of these testimonies legitimately defy any conventional explanation.

Now the test becomes the veracity of the Atheist confronted with such evidence.

It still boils down to our personal experience being confronted with something confounding. Do we deny it or if hand? Do we investigate with an open mind? And do we attempt something like controlled experimentation within our own experience to try to duplicate and see more closely something that parallels the reports?

The test always boils down to our own personal choice to live with open investigation and critical assessment of our own thinking in the pursuit of truth.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3fHDt4xQFw

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