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from the nox-populi dept.
We've touched before on the recent convergence of brain science and mysticism. But I've just noticed that Why God Won't Go Away: Brain Science and the Biology of Belief, by Andrew Newberg, Eugene D'Aquili, and Vince Rause, uses the term "Absolute Unitary Being" (or AUB for short) to describe the experience of union with the infinite, a modern synonym for samadhi or shunyata considered as a neurological state. As science develops an awareness of the reality of samadhi, it may be approaching the ability to induce samadhi by technological means.
On the other hand, we have stories like this one. Slovakia is on the verge of cancelling plans to introduce yoga in grade schools, out of a fear of "Eastern philosophical systems."
So powerful tools for realization could be poised to enter the mainstream. Yet initiatives to do so can seemingly be overthrown for the flimsiest of reasons. What's needed, I think, are strategies for introducing transformative techniques into society without triggering an undue backlash.
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