The Case for Technological Mysticism

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There is significant empirical evidence that some types of physical incitement may spur mystical enlightenment. In a matter of a few years, technology may well provide people with a reliable, easy, and safe way to attain mystical experiences. Suppose it were technologically very easy to attain mystical enlightenment by, say, activating an electronic device that temporarily stimulated certain areas in the brain. If such an option were available, should we opt for it? And should we try to develop such a device? I argue in this article that the answer to both questions is positive, defending a position that might be called technological mysticism. Part I discusses some preliminary assumptions. Part II presents arguments for technological mysticism, such as that it would allow more people to attain mystical enlightenment and would diminish suffering and frustration. Part III replies to possible arguments against technological mysticism, such as that it would lead to devaluation of mystical enlightenments or that the technologically achieved enlightenments would not be authentic. I conclude by discussing some of the implications of the claims made in this article.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-85
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Posthuman Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2018


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