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commented on Feb. 26, 2012
It seems that these discussions have become a mixture of spirituality and religion. Each of us may have words that distinguish between the two; I will offer my words:
Religion is supported by beliefs. True spirituality is an experience that does not require belief.
As a member of IONS, I am supportive of both science and spirituality. At the cutting edge of science is neuroscience. In professional journals, neuroscience proclaims that the human experience of self is an illusion. In its purest form, the experience of no self is a liberating spiritual experience.
I am hopeful that reconciliation between spirituality and science can be found in the proclamation of neuroscience and the spiritual experience of no self. If this is to occur, clear distinctions must be made between spirituality and religion. History reveals that the illusion of “earth at center of the universe” was only dismantled by overcoming obstinate resistance by religious dogmatism.
Unmasking the center of the universe illusion occurred during humanity’s infancy; the illusion of self is being slowly unmasked as humanity enters maturity…….Jim