unique personal myths, operating mostly as “strange attractors”
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--Student: John Anderson
ABSTRACT: Shamanism can be described as a group of techniques by
which its practitioners enter the "spirit world," purportedly
obtaining information that is used to help and to heal members of
their social group. The shamans' epistemology, or ways of knowing,
depended on deliberately altering their conscious state and/or
heightening their perception to contact spiritual entities in "upper
worlds," "lower worlds," and "middle earth" (i.e., ordinary reality).
For the shaman, the totality of inner and outer reality was
fundamentally an immense signal system, and shamanic states of
consciousness were the first steps toward deciphering this signal
system. Homo sapiens sapiens was probably unique among early humans in
the ability to symbolize, mythologize, and, eventually, to shamanize.
This species' eventual domination may have been due to its ability to
take sensorimotor activity and use it as a bridge to produce
narratives that facilitated human survival. Shamanic technologies,
essential for the production and performance of myths and other
narratives, interacted with shamanic epistemology, reinforcing its
basic assumptions about reality.
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This study was supported by the Saybrook Graduate School and Research
Center Chair for the Study of Consciousness in honor of Dr. Stanley
publication reference is:Krippner, S. (2000). The epistemology and
technologies of shamanic states of consciousness. Journal of
Consciousness Studies, 7, 93-118.