Religious Studies


Reading the mind of God (without Hebrew lessons): Alston, shared attention, and mystical experience


a1 Philosophy Dept, Saint Louis University, 3800 Lindell Blvd, St Louis, MO 63108


Alston's perceptual account of mystical experience fails to show how it is that the sort of predicates that are used to describe God in these experiences could be derived from perception, even though the ascription of matched predicates in the natural order are not derived in the manner Alston has in mind. In contrast, if one looks to research on shared attention between individuals as mediated by mirror neurons, then one can give a perceptual account of mystical experience which draws a tighter connection between what is reported in mystical reports and the most similar reports in the natural order.


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