politically threatening or Benny Shanon needs to hit the talk show circuit. . be metaphor for The Antipodes of the Mind, frame of reference within frames of. Shanon’s authorial persona is earnest, serious, straightforward, absolutely trustworthy. Antipodes is suffused with a sense of genuine adventure John Horgan. Benny Shanon’s Antipodes of the Mind: Charting the Phenomenology of the Ayahuasca. Experience is one of the most compelling books on altered states I’ve .

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This sort of coordination is possible in everyday life between people as well, though it is often not noticed. As I see it, the very essence of metaphoricity is the creation of new features. This, I saw, is what he did.

The Antipodes of the Mind

Qntipodes informants reported grand visions in which the manifold of all forms was seen. Philosophy of Consciousness in Philosophy of Mind categorize this paper. Things get trickier but also a bit more verifiable when Shanon describes experiences that overlap with reality that seem to extend consciousness extra-locally outside of his body: Thus, significantly, the new types of consciousness discovered with Ayahuasca are not just two new types. This is a nonsensical question: But then, if explanation in psychology consists not in the modelling of mind by means of underlying computational operations, what else can it be?

References to this book Intelligence in Nature: I could have a vision in which I had just read a profound book containing the secrets of life and am left awestruck.

In both these cases, ordinary sense data is framed by conceptual interpretation that ordinarily kicks in only at a layer of remove from seemingly immanent experience, revealing that conceptual interpretation was there all along. Antipoees Antipodes de L’Esprit. The experts were astonished at the perfect degree of synchrony between the people singing.

Here is a representative excerpt: He mond presents some philosophical reflections. Snakes I think can be explained fairly easily: The non-individuation of consciousness may also be manifested in the blurring of the distinction between the individual and his or her fellow human beings. A major impression these visions had on me is the Platonic conclusion that ultimately, the ethical and the aesthetical as well as the true are the same.

I have heard similar assessments made by many other people. It does not sound terribly appealing.

The Antipodes of the Mind – Benny Shanon – Oxford University Press

Quite commonly, people feel that they are about to die. Faithful Revolution Tricia Colleen Bruce. In still another Daime session the madrinha stepped aside and a man passed a vessel of incense back and forth in front of her. Often the feeling is that the drinker has little or no control over what is happening. If I were to define what made it all so mysterious I would say that it was the fact that on the one hand everything pertained to another reality, while yet at the very same time it was all real.

Arnason and Ireneusz Pawel Karolewski. Again, as in the previous example, the standard perception and the non-ordinary one are related. All I have is some pieces of the audio that are what were salient to me. Semantically, these are not impressive statements, but they reflect what must be a very powerful inner experience.

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In some ways it makes sense that the breakdown of our reality-processing software would result in a general venny of holism:. Benny Shanon – – Journal of Consciousness Studies 8 1: The study of the dynamics of the shift between the two states is, I think, a cognitive-psychological topic of utmost significance.

While there might be instances where interpretation may be relegated miind a separate, secondary process, I am reluctant to regard this as the paradigmatic, general case. This is the bible for the ayahuasca user. Similarly, invocation of Platonic forms occurs repeatedly: The Phenomenology of the Ayahuasca Experience. Significantly, language reflects sic the special status of light. Another pattern of interpreting-as is one I shall characterize as seeing the particular as generic, or rather, seeing the generic in the particular.

Since whatever internal percepts we have must always be translated into the public language and tested against the collective rationality which we share, we are indeed stuck with the world as most of us perceive it.

I had the vision, recounted in Chs. King Zedekiah was chained and unable to move. I agree with this recommendation wholeheartedly, yet it anfipodes come as a bit of a disappointment after his explorations of the inner.

The spiritual side of the experience may indeed constitute a cognitive aspect of this coping mechanism:. Again and again Tthe slapped so as to break myself free from the spell. In metaphor these domains are semantic fields, while in synaesthesia they are sensory modalities, but otherwise these two cognitive phenomena are the same.

Charting the Phenomenology of the Ayahuasca We are 60 pages in before we come to this blithe passage:. It is in the light of this fundamental theoretical conclusion that I try to understand the Ayahuasca experience. The psychology of religious experience Patrick McNamara Limited preview – Charting the Phenomenology of the Ayahuasca Experience.