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Downloaded from PSINET - By Steve Woodward ."Spiritual Aspects of the Psychic" .Charles Tart, Ph.D. . . Contrasted with Mishlove's stance, Tart suggested we should be more interested in the implications of psi than the its application. We should be involved in "who might I be." Tart stated that we are in a continual process of identifying who we are. In terms of science or scientism and our process of identification, "we have figured out everything." Tart stated that according to science, everything is precisely and exactly produced by immutable physical laws. Mental events correlate with electro-chemical events. However, Tart points out that people have subjective experiences that indicate that consciousness is more than a brain process. This has important implications, according to Tart, in that if there is something other than the physical body (such as a soul), we should work for things that have long term benefits for the soul. This is contrasted with the scienticism view that we are isolated in our existence and there is little relationship between our activity and someone else's. . . Tart stated that one problem that we constantly encounter is that people keep on having spiritual and psychic experiences and go to people who represent scientistic knowledge and get invalidated. However, there is a growing body of evidence that people (on a mass scale) are aware of and have experienced various types of psi phenomena, regardless of the stance of science in general. He stated that in one gallup poll, 67% of those surveyed believed in life after death, 23% believed in reincarnation, and 24% believed that they had made contact with the dead. . . Tart mentioned that we can reconcile our existence in a scientific culture by the fact that over 700 well done studies have been completed that indicate the existence of ESP and PK. "Anyone who doesn't accept the reality of these phenomena is ignorant or fearful." Laboratory research is not enough. Tart believes that we should get out of sterile laboratories and more closely examine our spiritual identity by studying such phenomena as out-of-body experiences and near-death experiences. We need massive studies on what people experience. One interesting point by Tart was that inducing near-death experiences were major parts of mystery religions. We now do this artificially by resuscitation techniques. It is estimated that approximately 30 million people have had a close brush with death and 10-15 million have had a near-death experience. . . Tart closed by reiterating the point that, "We have in our times what I consider a desparate need for some kind of spiritual identity. A lot of contemporary problems of the world can be traced to the predominance of this scientific view."

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