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Jill Taylor’s TED Talk

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This is amazing. Please watch.

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Written by LeisureGuy

14 April 2008 at 9:40 am

Posted in Daily life, Medical, Science

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  1. My daughter sent me this some time ago. Here is my response to her:

    Early on, when she characterized the sensory information processed by the right hemisphere as ENERGY, I thought it was an unwarranted assumption.

    This assumption is necessary to support her contention that her brain damage made possible her conscious connection with the “life force power of the universe.”

    When all is said and done her trauma gave her nothing more or less than the typical “religious” experience. This gives her comfort in life and presumably the hope of something more after death.

    Bob Slaughter

    14 April 2008 at 10:45 am

  2. While I agree that her story typifies the near-death, meditative awakening, and/or religious experience, tagging anything reported by someone else as “nothing more or less than…” sounds just a tad smug.

    Jeff

    14 April 2008 at 12:11 pm

  3. Religious experience is what it is. It is well documented, most notably by Wm James in VARIETIES OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE.

    The harm done is in the attempt to characterize sensory information as some kind of transcendental ENERGY. This is not a scientific assertion. Without this assertion, however, she provides no unique aspect to the phenomenon of religious experience.

    Bob Slaughter

    14 April 2008 at 1:36 pm

  4. Your opening platitude aside, religious experience may be documented, but it is never “well documented” or thoroughly plumbed to its depths in any book. It is only known by direct experience.

    Reference to that experience in transcendental terms is not meant to be scientific assertion. The assertion Jill was making was that science does not know as much as its presumptous posturing would imply.

    If you have not had a “religious experience” you’re out of your realm. Attempts to bring it down fly in the face of thousands of well documented (and directly experienced) reports that collectively speak to its transcendental nature.

    Jeff

    15 April 2008 at 11:46 am


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