InPresence 184The Razor’s Edge of Discernment
August 27, 2020
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Jeffrey Mishlove references the Illuminationist school of Sufi philosophy, as expounded by the twelfth century Persian philosopher and mystic, Suhrawardi, and popularized in recent times by the French philosopher, Henry Corbin. The concept of the “imaginal” as very distinct from “imagination” is also implicit in Carl G. Jung’s explication of psychological dynamics, as imparted to him by the angelic figure of Philemon. Jeffrey contrasts these visionary experiences with the journey of Susan Blackmore from parapsychologist to skeptic.
(Recorded on August 19, 2020)
Published on September 1, 2020
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