The Natural Origins of Supernatural Experiences - Big Think

The Flow Genome Project has discovered that every culture has its own paradigm within which it relates to the paranormal, or altered states. These experiences that may have been attributed at one time to gods or magic have been stripped of their mystique by neuroscience. Jamie Wheal and Steven Kotler have written a book, Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work, explaining the framework they use in order to compare out-of-the-ordinary experiences across cultures. So what is A Scientific Approach To The Paranormal? Carrie Poppy's TED Talk describes her career as an investigative journalist bridging the gap between the seen and unseen, the proven and the yet to be disproven. Here is the TEDx link for those who'd like to listen in: How To Seek The Paranormal. And so it seems quite appropriate to broach the topic of Political Correctness in Science. Henry Bauer ponders how to marry pragmatic, empirical science with the mythical, intuitive element that drives scientific study. Bauer points out that the often vocal differing opinions within the scientific community would never have come about, let alone be tolerated, in times past. He argues that science cannot be isolated from the rest of society, and so a certain level of decorum, of political correctness, is now a requirement. (CM)

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