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The Mything Side of the Mind: (The Perilous Rapture of Fundamentalistic Thinking)
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Futurehealth WinterBrain 20 minute plenary presentation by Stephen Larsen The thesis of this paper is based on Dr. Larsen?s forthcoming book entitled: Perilous Rapture: On the Dangers of Fundamentalistic Thinking. Larsen takes the position that some kinds of myths are extremely dangerous, and polarize our duality-prone nervous systems still further, into dysfunctional and even pathological patterns. The thesis dates from an idea of Joseph Campbell?s that our brains are the hardware, and culture the software, of human functioning.

The thesis of this paper is based on Dr. Larsen's book entitled: Perilous Rapture: On the Dangers of Fundamentalistic Thinking. Larsen takes the position that some kinds of myths are extremely dangerous, and polarize our duality-prone nervous systems still further, into dysfunctional and even pathological patterns. The thesis dates from an idea of Joseph Campbell's that our brains are the hardware, and culture the software, of human functioning. Taking into account both structural features, such as laterality in the hemispheres, and dynamic features such as EEG asymmetries, Larsen shows how we can utilize our neurobiology dysfunctionally or, on the contrary, optimally, depending upon the myths we hold, and how we conduct our habitual mental lives. Neurofeedback can provide us with an alternative to concrete and literalistic thinking. Optimal performance is achieved through flexibility and synchrony of the regions of the brain.

 


Author: Stephen Larsen

Dr. Stephen Larsen is certified by both AIBT and BCIA in eeg, licensed as a Mental Health Counselor in New York State, as well as licensed as a 1 on 1 HeartMath provider, and certified as a LENS master teacher. He has been practicing Biofeedback and Neurofeedback since 1970. He is the Author or editor of ten books on subjects as varied as shamanism, mythology, consciousness, and neurofeedback. www.stonemountaincenter.com

Other Products by Stephen Larsen

1) The Power of Myth:Joseph Campbell's approach to Archetypes as Patterns of Psychic Energy
2) Head and Heart: Combined Modalities: The LENS neurofeedback and HRV training
3) Relationship as Biofeedback: New Ways of defining partnership combining the basic principals
4) The Tao of Neurotherapy Flexyx' approach to traumatic brain injury
5) Joseph Campbell Power of Myth Archetypes

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