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Kabbalah : a neurocognitive approach to mystical experiences

Author: S Arzy; Moshe Idel
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2015] ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st editionView all editions and formats
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"In this original study, Moshe Idel, an eminent scholar of Jewish mysticism and thought, and the cognitive neuroscientist and neurologist Shahar Arzy combine their considerable expertise to explore the mysteries of the Kabbalah from an entirely new perspective: that of the human brain. In lieu of the theological, sociological, and psychoanalytic approaches that have generally dominated the study of ecstatic mystical  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: S Arzy; Moshe Idel
ISBN: 9780300152364 0300152361
OCLC Number: 894310435
Description: x, 206 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Justification of a Neurocognitive Approach to Mystical Experiences --
Approaching Ecstatic Experiences --
The One out There: Autoscopic Phenomena in Jewish Mysticism --
The Spirit in the Brain: Trance and Possession in Jewish Mysticism --
Conclusions.
Responsibility: Shahar Arzy and Moshe Idel.

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"In this original study, Moshe Idel, an eminent scholar of Jewish mysticism and thought, and the cognitive neuroscientist and neurologist Shahar Arzy combine their considerable expertise to explore the mysteries of the Kabbalah from an entirely new perspective: that of the human brain. In lieu of the theological, sociological, and psychoanalytic approaches that have generally dominated the study of ecstatic mystical experiences, the authors endeavor to decode the brain mechanisms underlying these phenomena. Arzy and Idel analyze first-person descriptions to explore the Kabbalistic techniques employed by most prominent Jewish mystics to effect bodily reduplications, dissociations, and other phenomena, and compare them with recent neurological observations and modern-day laboratory experiments. The resultant study offers readers a scientific, more brain-based understanding of how ecstatic Kabbalists achieved their most precious mystical experiences. The study further demonstrates how these Kabbalists have long functioned as pioneering investigators of the human self"--

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