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The Prophet Mohammed, Islam, and the Bicameral Mind

Posted: Thu Apr 07, 2005 6:47 pm
by Moderator
This is a very interesting article on Mohammed's trance states (reminiscent of the Oracle at Delphi) and auditory/visual hallucinations:

Wahi: the Supernatural Basis of Islam

It raises the possibility that Islam was founded on the auditory hallucinations of Mohammed, who for psychological or perhaps neuropathological reasons experienced a partial relapse to the bicameral mind.

Posted: Fri Apr 08, 2005 3:47 am
by Soupdragon
Very interesting article. I particularly like chapter 3, the Hindu-Buddhist interpretation.
The specifically Hindu contribution to our understanding of the Quranic revelation is to bring in the yogic experience. As an example of how yogic practice can go wrong, warning against the dangers of experimenting with yoga without competent guidance, Vivekananda mentioned Mohammed: "The yogi says there is a great danger in stumbling upon this state. In a good many cases, there is the danger of the brain being deranged, and, as a rule, you will find that all those men, however great they were, who had stumbled upon this superconscious state without understanding it, groped in the dark...

Re: The Prophet Mohammed, Islam, and the Bicameral Mind

Posted: Tue Aug 18, 2009 1:58 pm
by clivedurdle
One of the major issues we are all facing is how to relate to others who commit extreme violent behaviour and also continually state they are obeying a god.

Jaynes has got some fascinating insights into religious behaviours that are very important.

For example, might the rituals of Islam, like the bowing, reinforce right brain activity? Are the calls to prayer hexamic?