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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Here is a representative excerpt:. Shanon pretty much agrees on this point: And as he was singing he also understood.
Benny Shanon: The Antipodes of the Mind
They offered to reveal the antpodes of the universe to me. Shanon postulates that the states ayahuasca creates are related to fundamental aspects of consciousness not normally in use:. Abstract entities may be seen as well. The Antipodes of the Mind: Faithful Revolution Tricia Colleen Bruce. Should we say that what is seen in Ayahuasca visions is to be divided into two: In still another Daime session the madrinha stepped aside and a man passed a vessel of incense if and forth in front of her.
The Antipodes of the Mind
Science Logic and Mathematics. There is one other, more abstract spiritual experience that Shanon describes many people as having had under ayahuasca, involving visual webs:. I watch my other self, safely now.
Empirically, the research presented in this book is imnd on the systematic recording of the author’s extensive experiences with the brew and on the interviewing of a large number of th I could have a vision in which I had just read a profound book containing the secrets of life and am left awestruck.
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Snakes I think can be explained fairly easily: The answer I have come up with is that what is left for the psychologist to do is the systematic study of the surface, so to speak, and the establishment of lawful regularities in it. This seems plausible to a point, but isolating a native spiritual aspect to the ayahuasca proceedings is very difficult. Academic Skip to main content.
In other words, the relationship was primarily semantic.
Benny Shanon – – Journal of Consciousness Studies 8 1: Middling Through in Australia, Then and Now. He also presents some philosophical reflections. Oxford University Press- Social Science – pages. There is a very long tradition here, probably best exemplified by Merleau-Ponty.
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While there might be instances where interpretation may be relegated to a separate, secondary process, I am reluctant to regard this as the paradigmatic, general case. Consciousness was the property of the latter, not the former.
These are eyes seen floating in the visual space without there being either a face or a body of which they are part. I am not the person got at; rather I am the disembodied face-presence calmly peering in and watching this other and unimportant me.
What I experienced was literally this—seeing the casting of a lf against evil powers. Thus, I had forsaken the opportunity to learn the mysteries of the universe. In Shanon and a I argue against this common view and suggest that for a metaphor to obtain it is not at all necessary that the semantic features or distinctions encountered in the metaphorical anhipodes be given and fully defined prior to the articulation of that expression.
I will quote and comment on passages that struck me as particularly interesting philosophically. In the vision I found myself in the midst of an ant colony.
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.
Aux Antipodes de L’Esprit. Instead, bejny thinks of consciousness as having multiple states:. Nebuchadnezzar was playing a role allotted to him and one day his fate too was sure to come. As recounted earlier, once I also had a vision that made the notion of group-consciousness even more apparent to me. In this domain, the unconscious does not exist. Peter Beilharz – – Thesis Eleven 65 1: Request removal from index.
On such occasions, the group becomes a kind of a single organism that acts in a precise and highly concentrated fashion. Second, a vision about the last king of Judaea, Zedekiah, which Shanon cites as being one of the most significant he ever had: As an example, consider this grand vision Shanon gives:. Shanon does not disguise his enthusiasm for ayahuasca, but he attempts to maintain a disinterested and naturalistic stance.
I felt the relationship between each ant, as a biological organism, and the colony as a whole.