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Kabbalah: A Neurocognitive Approach to Mystical Experiences Hardcover – Illustrated, June 30, 2015

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"In this thought-provoking book, the authors present compelling evidence that over hundreds of years, a group of Jewish mystics mastered techniques to probe and potentially unlock the secrets of human consciousness, mind and body, sense of self, and ecstatic experiences."—Steven C. Schachter, MD, Harvard Medical School, from the Foreword
-- Steven C. Schachter, MD

“What could be more fascinating, or more challenging, than viewing mystical phenomena – ecstasy, dissociation from the body and dissociations of the mind – through the lens of contemporary neuroscience? Arzy and Idel provocatively bring to the study of mystical experiences a modern understanding of the brain.”—Adam Zeman
-- Adam Zeman

“This well-written and innovative book aims to introduce and specify the value of a more physical, self-centered, and individualized approach to the study of Jewish mysticism. Going beyond a “simple” psychology, to a more contemporary neurocognitive, intra-individual approach to mystical experience, this is a bold and very engaging book that deserves to be applauded and recognized.”—Philip Wexler, Brandeis University
-- Philip Wexler

“An amazing story about the power of mind over body, this book shows how unique Kabbalah mystics achieved a true mastery of mind. It teaches us how mystics gain cognitive control in seemingly uncontrollable mystical experiences.”—Tamir Ben-Hur, Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center
-- Tamir Ben-Hur

About the Author

Shahar Arzy is the director of the Computational Neuropsychiatry Lab at the Faculty of Medicine at Hebrew University, Jerusalem and a senior neurologist at the Department of Neurology, Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center. Moshe Idel is Max Cooper Professor in Jewish Thought in the Department of Jewish Thought at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and senior researcher at the Shalom Hartman Institute.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Yale University Press; Illustrated edition (June 30, 2015)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 216 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0300152361
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0300152364
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 12.8 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.5 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
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