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07/02/2019 1 Religion and Society Altered States of Consciousness ANTH2550 / RELI 2736 February 7, 2019 Instructor: Alyshea Cummins Announcements 2
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07/02/2019 2 February 14 – Guest Lecture 3 Dr. Steven Tomlins Lecture: Religious Specialists Guest Lecture: Atheism Lecture 4
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07/02/2019 3 Altered States of Consciousness (ASC) Religious Experiences are subjective and can manifest on various emotional and psychological levels These experiences are known as Altered States of Consciousness (ASC) ASC: Any mental state that differs from a normal mental state Achieving an ASC important for various religious rituals Examples? 5 ASC: Characteristics Alterations in thinking : changes in concentration, attention, or memory Disturbed time sense : acceleration or slowing of time Loss of control : feeling of helplessness or relinquishing control (possession) Change in emotional expression : sudden changes in emotions Body image change : blurring of body and mind; out of body experience 6
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07/02/2019 4 ASC: Characteristics (con’t) Perceptual distortions : hallucinations, heightened senses Change in meaning or significance : increases significance in experiences Sense of ineffable : indescribable ; cannot put experience into words
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