What is the difference between a cathedral and a physics lab? Are they not both saying: Hello?
The Christian writer J.W. Sire quoted this line from Annie Dillard in Echoes of a Voice, a new book that explores the phenomenon of spiritual or ‘transcendent’ experiences. What are they, why do they happen, and do they mean anything?
I have written about the more numinous side of science many times on this blog (see Transcendence and Transcendent Science). Scientists often speak of a reality beyond the objects they are studying, and for some this is encountered in powerful – if rare – experiences of wonder and awe. Perhaps my experience in the Smithsonian Museum that I described last week also comes into that category?
I found Sire’s analysis of these experiences helpful. He describes moments that are Continue reading