We have both experienced a different reality but I wasn’tsectioned or labelled for mine!
My ‘mystical experiences’ have shown me that we are multi-sensory human beings where everything is linked in a simple, beautiful and yet intricate way.
Ancient Greek did not have any word for ‘matter’ until hule, which originally meant ‘wood’, was adopted as a techical term for matter.
Though the meanings differed between cultures, the words for ‘soul’ indicated the essence of an individual being (either a person, or an animal, or a being that we would regard as inanimate like a fountain or a mountain).
There are similarities between the ‘psychotic’ experience and the ‘spiritual’ one.
In closely observing my older sister ‘in her world’ and having my own three spiritual awakenings, I realise that it would not be easy for an outsider to decide which one of us had indeed lost touch with ‘reality’.
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So A can be measured quantitatively as a temporal linkage between voluntary actions and their external effects.
Using an outcome blocking procedure, it was shown that training action–outcome associations under conditions of increased surprise augmented this temporal linkage.
Despite the fact that the role of learning is recognised in empirical and theoretical work on sense of agency (So A), the nature of this learning has, rather surprisingly, received little attention.
In the present study we consider the contribution of associative mechanisms to So A.