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By Shaun Gallagher, Bruce Janz, Lauren Reinerman, Jörg Trempler, Patricia Bockelman

This ebook provides a examine of a few of the emotions of awe and beauty skilled via astronauts in the course of house flight. It summarizes the result of experimental, interdisciplinary experiences that hire equipment from neuroscience, psychology, phenomenology and simulation expertise, and it argues for a non-reductionist method of cognitive technology.

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We can call this the definitional bias. Practically speaking, it’s impossible to read and understand a text without already having some presuppositions that shape our expectations of what we’ll find in the text. If we don’t know what we’re looking for, we’ll have a very difficult time saying whether we’ve found it or not. In order to mitigate this bias, we need to identify how we define the things that we are looking for. This is the reason we needed to specify our working definitions of awe and wonder, although they remained fairly abstract.

28 A Neurophenomenology of Awe and Wonder the sense that the universe is vast and that you are so small, or the earth is so small. In some cases, one might feel overwhelmed by the vastness of everything – an immediate feeling brought on by what you actually see. In other cases, you may feel overwhelmed just by thinking that the universe is so huge. The combination of feeling overwhelmed and experiencing scale effects is sometimes equated to the experience of the sublime. , when you experience a sensory overload, or in an aesthetic experience of beauty that does not involve scale effects.

The BMMRS is a reverse scored survey. g. ”) Higher scores on this question, for example, indicate lower levels of private religious practices. 3 Results of the first experiment Our approach to data analysis was to first determine whether the experimental design elicited experiences similar to those reported in the astronauts’ texts. If categories derived from those texts could be found instantiated in the phenomenological interviews, then a tally of those who experienced awe and wonder (as defined by the consensus categories) would ensue for each of the four experimental conditions.

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