By John Horgan
John Horgan, writer of the best-selling the top of technology, chronicles the main complex learn into the mechanics—and meaning—of mystical reviews. How do trances, visions, prayer, satori, and different mystical reviews “work”? What induces and defines them? Is there a systematic reason behind non secular mysteries and transcendent meditation? John Horgan investigates a variety of fields — chemistry, neuroscience, psychology, anthropology, theology, and extra — to slender the distance among cause and mystical phenomena. As either a seeker and an award-winning journalist, Horgan consulted quite a lot of specialists, together with theologian Huston Smith, non secular inheritor to Joseph Campbell; Andrew Newberg, the scientist whose quest for the “God module” used to be the focal point of a Newsweek disguise tale; Ken Wilber, well known transpersonal psychologist; Alexander Shulgin, mythical psychedelic drug chemist; and Susan Blackmore, Oxford-educated psychologist, parapsychology debunker, and Zen practitioner. Horgan explores the extraordinary similarities among “mystical applied sciences” like sensory deprivation, prayer, fasting, trance, dancing, meditation, and drug journeys. He participates in experiments that search the neurological underpinnings of mystical studies. And, eventually, he recounts his personal look for enlightenment — adventurous, poignant, and infrequently strangely comedian. Horgan’s conclusions resonate with the debatable climax of the top of technological know-how, simply because, as he argues, the main enlightened mystics and the main enlightened scientists prove within the related position — confronting the imponderable intensity of the universe.