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Author Arzy, S. (Shahar), author.

Title Kabbalah : a neurocognitive approach to mystical experiences / Shahar Arzy and Moshe Idel.

Published New Haven [Connecticut] : Yale University Press, [2015]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  296.712 ARZY    AVAILABLE
Physical description x, 206 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 163-188) and index.
Contents 1 Justification of a Neurocognitive Approach to Mystical Experiences 5 -- 1 Four Main Approaches to Mystical Experiences 5 -- 2 A "Bottom-Up" Approach to Mystical Experiences 9 -- 3 Experiences, Radiations, and Cognitive Techniques 10 -- 4 Technical Constructivism from Within the Brain: Limitations 13 -- 2 Approaching Ecstatic Experiences 18 -- 1 Ecstasy and the Subjective Experiences 18 -- 2 Ecstasy in Judaism 22 -- 3 Four Basic Level of Ecstasy in Jewish Mysticism 29 -- 4 Four Types of Ecstatic Experience in Jewish Mysticism 30 -- 5 Ecstasy and the Cognitive Neuroscience of the Self 32 -- 3 One out Three: Autoscopic Phenomena in Jewish Mysticism 35 -- 1 Ex-Stasis: Out of the Body 35 -- 2 Autoscopic Phenomena 36 -- 3 Autoscopic Phenomena in Ecstatic Kabbalah 41 -- 4 Personal Reports of Mystical Experiences 52 -- 5 Analyzing Mystical Experiences 69 -- 6 Autoscopic, Ascension, and Unitive Ecstasies: Different Kabbalistic Trends, Different Brain Mechanisms 77 -- 7 Conclusion 83 -- 4 Spirit in the Brain: Trance and Possession in Jewish Mysticism 85 -- 1 Dissociative Trance Disorders 85 -- 2 Maggid and Dibbuq 89 -- 3 Maggid and Its Induction 91 -- 4 Personal Reports of Mystical Dissociative Experiences 93 -- 5 Maggid, Dibbuq, and the Brain 101 -- 6 Maggid and Dibbug: Two Selves in One Person 111.
Summary "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"-- Provided by publisher.
Other author Idel, Moshe, 1947- author.
Subject Cabala -- Psychology.
Cognitive neuroscience.
Mysticism -- Judaism -- Psychological aspects.
ISBN 9780300152364