NeuroScientist has a stroke, experiences "nirvana"

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NeuroScientist has a stroke, experiences "nirvana"

Postby Jesse » Sat Jul 07, 2012 7:41 pm

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Re: NeuroScientist has a stroke, experiences "nirvana"

Postby AdmiralJim » Sat Jul 07, 2012 10:29 pm

Wow.
I don't know where we are going but it will be nice when we get there

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Re: NeuroScientist has a stroke, experiences "nirvana"

Postby Huifeng » Sun Jul 08, 2012 8:32 am

ghost01 wrote:http://www.ted.com/talks/jill_bolte_taylor_s_powerful_stroke_of_insight.html


Just because neuroscientist calls it "nirvana" doesn't make it nirvana.
Interesting experience, nonetheless, but let's not get too excited, huh?

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Re: NeuroScientist has a stroke, experiences "nirvana"

Postby mikenz66 » Sun Jul 08, 2012 10:08 am

It's very interesting but unfortunately she didn't really have the background to properly classify the experience. She did, however, remain conscious during the experience, so the book she wrote about it was very detailed.

We had a thread on this over here:
http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=9560

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Re: NeuroScientist has a stroke, experiences "nirvana"

Postby odysseus » Mon Jul 09, 2012 6:45 am

If modern scientists use the term Nirvana for something beyond their comprehension, it is another credit to Buddha. Hope the neuroscientists become God and get us a quick Nirvana-fix soon *lol*.
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Re: NeuroScientist has a stroke, experiences "nirvana"

Postby Wayfarer » Mon Jul 09, 2012 7:06 am

This is not a new story, Jill Bolte Taylor has appeared on Oprah and written a book about her experience. And I think what she has to say is important and worthwhile, especially coming from a neuroscientist, who are often thought to be hardcore materialists.
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Re: NeuroScientist has a stroke, experiences "nirvana"

Postby Simon E. » Mon Jul 09, 2012 8:31 am

"Are often thought " is important.
I know a number of neuroscientists and you find the same spectrum of ideology as with any sample group.
There seems to be a degree of fear and aversion among Buddhists to any group that asks questions about "the mind." Which is in any case an entity whose existence and function evades definition...
Ironically there is a real correlation between modern psychology and the Buddhist view of the Skandhas . But this correlation is best seen by those prepared to move beyond a concept of a discrete entity called the mind.
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my heart is not here.
My heart's in the Highlands
chasing the deer."

Robert V.C. Burns.

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Re: NeuroScientist has a stroke, experiences "nirvana"

Postby Wayfarer » Mon Jul 09, 2012 9:36 am

I don't distrust science or scientists, but dislike materialism and reductionism. The idea that we can figure out human nature by understanding 'how the brain works' is a fantasy of omniscience in my view. :smile:
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Re: NeuroScientist has a stroke, experiences "nirvana"

Postby Simon E. » Mon Jul 09, 2012 9:49 am

No. Thats YOUR fantasy re THEIR fantasy.

I know no one who thinks that human nature ( define ? ) can be explained by understanding how the brain works in isolation from a whole host of other factors.
One day eventually Buddhism might enter the 19th century. :smile:
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My heart's in the Highlands
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