BENNY SHANON ANTIPODES OF THE MIND PDF

Start your review of The Antipodes of the Mind: Charting the Phenomenology of the Ayahuasca Experience Write a review May 27, Erik Graff rated it really liked it Recommends it for: psychologists, psychonauts Recommended to Erik by: Michael Miley Shelves: psychology I have generally found phenomenological studies, however vital they be at the foundations of empirical science, to be boring. This was an exception. Although he describes the field, he is also at some pains to note that he is not a typical cognitive I have generally found phenomenological studies, however vital they be at the foundations of empirical science, to be boring. Although he describes the field, he is also at some pains to note that he is not a typical cognitive psychologist, normative studies of the domains of consciousness apparently being founded upon information systems models. This book focuses on the phenomenology of ayahuasca-induced states of consciousness. Ayahuasca, a brew concocted from a DMT-rich shrub and a MAO-inhibiting jungle vine, provides, by his account supported by the thousands of other accounts upon which his study is founded, an experience which appears to bear a strong family resemblance to the altered states of consciousness afforded by other psychedelics like LSD.

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In this work, Shanon provides a rough cartography of the visions and non-visual effects ayahuasca can induce. He writes that he had consumed ayahuasca himself several hundred times and gathered a corpus of empirical data from published literature, structured and unstructured interviews he conducted and his personal experience.

In total the corpus comprises some 2, ayahuasca experiences. Exodus He further corroborates his hypothesis with botanical and ethnobotanical information, linguistic considerations, exegesis of Talmudic and mystical Jewish texts, as well as data on the effects of a substance analogous to ayahuasca. Shannon states that his hypothesis is "admittedly speculative". He concludes by saying: Taken together, the botanical and anthropological data on the one hand, and the biblical descriptions as well as later Jewish hermeneutics on the other, are, I propose, suggestive of a biblical entheogenic connection.

Admittedly, the smoking gun is not available to us. However, so many clues present themselves which, like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, seem to cohere into an intriguing unified whole. I leave it to the reader to pass his or her judgment.

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The Antipodes of the Mind Charting the Phenomenology of the Ayahuasca Experience Benny Shanon A serious, groundbreaking work by a well-proven scholar An important contribution to the increasingly popular exegesis of Ayahuasca The first complete mapping of the Ayahuasca experience The Antipodes of the Mind Charting the Phenomenology of the Ayahuasca Experience Benny Shanon Description This is a pioneering cognitive psychological study of Ayahuasca, a plant-based Amazonian psychotropic brew. Benny Shanon presents a comprehensive charting of the various facets of the special state of mind induced by Ayahuasca, and analyzes them from a cognitive psychological perspective. He also presents some philosophical reflections. In addition to its being the most thorough study of the Ayahuasca experience to date, the book lays the theoretical foundations for the psychological study of non-ordinary states of consciousness in general. The Antipodes of the Mind Charting the Phenomenology of the Ayahuasca Experience Benny Shanon Prologue Preliminaries:General background; Theoretical foundations; Methodology and general structure The Phenomenology of the Ayahuasca Experience;Atmosphere and general effects; Open eye visualizations; A structural typology of Ayahuasca visualizations; Interaction and narration; The contents of visions; The themes of visions; Ideas, insights, and reflections; Non-visual perceptions; Consciousness I; Transformations; Time; Meaning and semantics; Consciousness II; Light Theoretical issues:Stages and order; Contextual considerations; Cognitive parameters; Dynamics; A general theoretical perspective; Concluding philosophical reflections Epilogue.

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The Antipodes of the Mind: Charting the Phenomenology of the Ayahuasca Experience

In this work, Shanon provides a rough cartography of the visions and non-visual effects ayahuasca can induce. He writes that he had consumed ayahuasca himself several hundred times and gathered a corpus of empirical data from published literature, structured and unstructured interviews he conducted and his personal experience. In total the corpus comprises some 2, ayahuasca experiences. Exodus He further corroborates his hypothesis with botanical and ethnobotanical information, linguistic considerations, exegesis of Talmudic and mystical Jewish texts, as well as data on the effects of a substance analogous to ayahuasca. Shannon states that his hypothesis is "admittedly speculative".

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Samushicage In still another Daime session the madrinha stepped aside and a man passed a vessel of incense back and forth in front of her. Things get trickier but also a bit more verifiable when Shanon describes experiences that overlap with reality that seem to extend consciousness extra-locally shamon of his body: Usually, the harshest symptoms of the Ayahuasca inebriation occur during the first 90 minutes following the onset of the effect. Second, a vision about the last king of Judaea, Zedekiah, which Shanon cites as being one of the most significant he ever had: Second, a vision about the last king of Judaea, Zedekiah, which Shanon cites as being one of the most significant he ever had:. Since whatever internal percepts we have must always be translated into the public language and tested against the collective rationality which we share, we are indeed stuck with the world as most of us perceive it. The mind, while amazing, is also amazingly good at tricking itself.

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The book is a mine of information about how the mind processes information, sense data, and concepts under abnormal conditions. Shanon does not disguise his enthusiasm for ayahuasca, but he attempts to maintain a disinterested and naturalistic stance. I have not taken ayahuasca. It does not sound terribly appealing. Her description of the experience , however, is enough to scare you off the stuff for life. Shanon, however, comes off as a remarkably equanimous guy of good humor and patience, so his accounts do not dwell so much on the dark side of ayahuasca.

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