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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During minr time, visions can be very strong and the entire experience may be tough and even frightening. Yet I could also believe that conviction of purposefulness, at-home-ness, universal empathy, and integration with the world could be a great booster to a sentient organism.
Semantically, these are not impressive statements, but they reflect what must be a very powerful inner experience.
The first, which for me was very striking, occurred during the daytime. One informant told me he had a grand vision of perfect geometric bodies.
Science Logic and Mathematics. Furthermore, on the basis of both empirical data and conceptual analysis, I claim that rather than being secondary, metaphorical processing is primary and non-derivative. Shanon postulates that the states ayahuasca creates are related to fundamental aspects of consciousness not normally in use:.
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In a direct, non-technical manner I have felt this many times as well. It could be suggested that human beings have the ability to operate, and exist, in two different states.
As for the general euphoria, well-being, and sense of peace, it seems to be in some ways a coping mechanism. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Consciousness was the property of the latter, not the former. Empirically, the research presented in this book is based on the systematic recording of the author’s extensive experiences with the brew and on the interviewing of a large number of informants: A farmer a real one was passing by, and I saw The Farmer, the universal prototype of all farmers.
In other words, perhaps the similarity of these insights does indicate something with regard to the nature of consciousness? In other words, the relationship was primarily semantic. Wittgenstein, Schreber, and the Schizophrenic Mind. There is one other, more abstract spiritual experience that Shanon describes many people as having had under ayahuasca, involving visual webs: Shanon seems to identify temporality as the distinguishing criterion between regular and non-regular consciousness.
This, in turn, entails an experienced realization that there is sense and reason to all things and that reality is invested with deep, heretofore unappreciated, meaningfulness. As Wittgenstein repeatedly stressed, we have no way of knowing. Then his eyes were plucked out. In some ways it makes sense that the breakdown of our reality-processing software would result in a general feeling of holism:.
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As indicated above, in cognitive-psychological discourse, the latter is generally linked primarily with language, whereas the former is regarded as sensory. A major impression these visions had on me is the Platonic conclusion that ultimately, the ethical and the aesthetical as antpodes as the true are the same.
Applied to the example cited, this view implies that, from a cognitive-psychological point of view, if the figure seen was identified as being Jesus, then phenomenologically this is indeed who was seen. This is a pioneering cognitive psychological study of Ayahuasca, a plant-based Amazonian psychotropic brew.
Many times I have observed how sessions begin—the leading persons start to sing and the others in the hall readily join in, as if tied to them by hidden strings. Antipodes is suffused with a sense of genuine adventure Usually, the harshest symptoms of the Ayahuasca inebriation occur during the first 90 minutes following the onset of the effect.
My claim has been made on the basis of ordinary consciousness. However, there was a condition involved with it—a payment on my part was to be made. Shanon, however, comes off as a remarkably equanimous guy of good humor and patience, so his accounts do not dwell so much on the dark side of ayahuasca. Oxford University Press UK Nor, I reflected, did I wish to lose my regular self, the way I am, the way I think and feel.
Her description of the experience anitpodes, however, is enough to scare you off the stuff for life.
Wntipodes was playing a role allotted antipoes him and one day his anitpodes too was sure to come.
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Following the philosopher Merleau-Ponty and the psychologist GibsonI believe that it is impossible to draw a clear-cut line dividing between naked, interpretation-free sensory inputs and interpretative processes that are subsequently applied to them so as to render these inputs into meaningful percepts. Again, no hallucination as such was experienced—technically what I was seeing was real, and none the less it was all utterly non-ordinary, and enchanted.
The eyes may be those of human beings, of felines, or without any particular identity. I have experienced this many times and have heard of the same experience from many of my informants.
Shanoh characterizes very powerful experiences of virtual reality is that they involve no progressive process of immersion.
Other instances of this kind I have experienced were seeing an imaginary jaguar resting on the branch of a real tree and an imaginary cow standing on a real truck.
Charting the Phenomenology of the Ayahuasca Experience. Dubious Reactions and Causal Breakage While the experiential nature of the content still stands, we nonetheless have good reason to question the exact constitution of the experiences. Thus it is a question of terminology whether one then says that consciousness extends outside of the brain, or that human unconscious behavior is far more sophisticated and capable of coordination with others than we usually think.
We are 60 pages in before we come to this blithe passage: Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.
Benny Shanon: The Antipodes of the Mind
I was possessed by the overwhelming, reassuring, antipdoes no doubt irrational conviction that the universe as a whole made sense. Faithful Revolution Tricia Colleen Bruce. I shall not dwell further on them here. The philosopher of language Austin claimed that we do not just say things with words— rather we do things with them saying being one of these things.
At this point third-person accounts seem less helpful than they did with reports of more sensuous experiences. Account Options Sign in.