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In two or three well-developed paragraphs, answer the question “Do mystical experiences as defined by James give us access to a truth beyond science? If not, argue for your position — taking into consideration the two videos you’ve viewed. If so, how might we reconcile this idea with the scientific emphasis on sensation and experiment (in other words, if science tells us what’s real, how do mystical experiences count as real)?


My Stroke of Insight — J.B. Taylor

HUM 4 LAW Assignment:
Here is a video that gets us to consider, through the tragic experience of a neuro-anatomist, whether our ordinary “rational” way of thinking is the only, or only legitimate, way of engaging with the world. Check it out!

This talk is a bit long, but it is very good. Eckhart Tolle is a modern spiritual teacher who pulls from a variety of traditions (Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, and others) in his exploration of a type of “knowing” we might call mystical. Check it out!

William James:

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