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Do I believe that there exist invisible beings capable of making mental contact with us to produce what humans call mystical experiences? No, I believe nothing. Belief is intellectual surrender; “faith” a state of willed self-delusion. I do not believe in the existence of vampire-spirit-creatures capable of digging deep into our limbic systems while simultaneously messing with our cognitive faculties, whether we experience the result as madness or unbearable beauty. But experience–empirical experience–requires me to keep an open mind. And human solidarity, which is the only reason for writing a book, requires that I call on others to do so also.

Barbara Ehrenreich, from Living with a Wild God (via beingblog)
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