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Nonlocal Consciousness and the Anthropology of Religion
Nonlocal Consciousness and the Anthropology of Religion

Author(s): Stephen Schwartz
Subject(s): Anthropology, Philosophy, Theology and Religion, Philosophy of Religion
Published by: EDIS- Publishing Institution of the University of Zilina
Keywords: spiritual epiphany; meditation; nonlocal consciousness; anthropology of religion;

Summary/Abstract: Most discussions of religion center on dogmas and beliefs, either of a particular religion or a comparison across denomina- tions. I would like to look at religion from the perspective of a consciousness experimentalist, setting aside the dogmas and beliefs. When I look at religion, any religion, as an experimentalist, what I see is a cohort of people consensually holding a world- view. The process of assembling the cohort seems to me very much like Thomas Kuhn’s description of the paradigm process. The paradigm in religion is defined by scripture and dogma. The paradigms differ in many ways but they all have one thing in common. All are centered on the aspect of consciousness that in science we call nonlocal, and that is now being explicitly researched in near death studies, therapeutic intention work, and remote viewing. For me what is perhaps most interesting of all in studying both religions and the science of consciousness is that this is one of history’s great confluences, the practices of the religion and the practices of science have found common ground, and reached the same conclusions.

  • Issue Year: 7/2020
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 237-244
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: English