This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

Neither physical nor even psychic phenomena are ‘proof’ of contemplation

Another reason that science cannot grasp the contemplative experience is that it only deals with realities of a lower order: emotional reactions or physical responses. Since these do occur in contemplation, it is easy to connect them with it, but know that any emotional reaction that occurs during authentic contemplation could also occur in some other context, and this goes also for any combination of thought and feeling and posture, such that no observable or measurable collection of these responses can be said to “equal” contemplation and not something else. In fact we should also go further: even certain supernatural phenomena, such as levitation, cannot rightly be considered “proof,” since demonic possession also produces such phenomena.

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