TY - journal PY - 2016 T2 - TI - The Science of Ascension: Bodily Ego, Consciousness, Connection UR - https://www.academia.edu/28919294/The_Science_of_Ascension_A_Neurologically_Grounded_Theory_of_Mystical_Spiritual_Experience PB - AU - Mike Sosteric AB - After exploring our current psychological and sociological understanding of mystical experience, this article attempts to provide a sophisticated and neurologically grounded theory of what most call mystical experience, but what the author simply calls a connection experience or connection event. The author traces connection events to the neurological suppression of the Default Mode Network (DMN). Following identification of the DMN as the “seat” of connection experience, the author explores measures (the Q-Scale) of mystical experience, suggests ways to use of “Q” as a both a dependent and independent variable, and suggests several avenues of further research. During the course of the paper the author introduces several concepts and ideas designed to facilitate a syncretic dialog between disciplines and spiritualities. Dr. S. |

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(Forthcoming) The Sociology of Mysticism, ISA eSymposium for Sociology. [Journal Article] [cite]

(2016) Family Breakdown, Therapy that Works. [Magazine Article] [cite]

(2016) Intimate Partner Violence, Socjourn. [Magazine Article] [read cite]

S., Michael (2017) Money Moksha: Accumulation, Debt, and the end of the World. Avatar Media. [Short Film] [read cite]

(2016) The Trouble with Atheists. [Magazine Article] [cite]

(Finaldraft) Dangerous Memories: Slavery, Mysticism, and Transformation. [Journal Article] [read cite]

(Finaldraft) The Science of Ascension: Bodily Ego, Consciousness, Connection. [Journal Article] [read cite]

(2016) Did you know? Mysticism and Religious Experience, Sociology of Religion. [Blog Post] [read cite]

(2016) Toxic Socialization, The Socjourn. [Journal Article] [read cite]

(Finaldraft) What is Sociology?, The Socjourn. [Magazine Article] [read cite]

(2015) Are Scientists Spiritual?, The Socjourn. [Magazine Article] [read cite]

(2015) What is Religion?, Sociology of Religion. [Blog Post] [read cite]

(2014) Everybody Has a Mystical Experience, Sociology of Religion. [Magazine Article] [cite]

(2014) IMPACT! Academics, Citation, and Scholarly Delusion, The Socjourn. [Magazine Article] [read cite]

S., Michael (2014) Endowing Mediocrity: Neoliberalism, Information Technology, and the Decline of Radical Pedagogy. In Blaise Cronin Cassidy R. Sugimoto (Ed.), Scholarly Metrics Under the Microscope. (pp. 773-818). Information Today[Book Chapter] [cite]

(2014) A Sociology of Tarot, Canadian Journal of Sociology, 39: (3) [Journal Article] [read cite]

S., Michael (2013) Sociology of Religion (AU Sociology Course). Athabasca University. [Course Ware] [read cite]

(2012) Ding Dong the Alpha Male, Socjourn. [Magazine Article] [read cite]

(2012) The emotional abuse of our children: Teachers, schools, and the sanctioned violence of our modern institutions, The Socjourn. [Journal Article] [read cite]

(2011) Facebook is a Spy Machine, Socjourn. [Magazine Article] [read cite]

(2004) The International Consortium for the Advancement of Academic Publication — an idea whose time has come (finally!), Learned Publishing, 17: (4), (pp. 319-325). [Journal Article] [read cite]

S., Michael (2004) A first step towards a theory of learning objects. In Rory McGreal (Ed.), Online Education Using Learning Objects. (pp. 32-43). Routledge Falmer[Book Chapter] [cite]

(2003) The Bazaar Online Conference System: Athabasca University's Alternative to Proprietary Online Course Delivery Platforms, The Technology Source Archives. [Magazine Article] [read cite]

(2003) The Bazaar Online Conference System: Athabasca University's Alternative to Proprietary Online Course Delivery Platforms, The Technology Source. [Magazine Article] [read cite]

(2003) Influence of socioeconomic status and gender on high school seniors' use of computers at home and at school, Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 49: (2) [Journal Article] [read cite]

(2002) When is a learning object not an object, International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 3: (2) [Journal Article] [read cite]

S., Michael (2001) The new virtual university and the changing market for higher education: creating opportunities with technology. In (Ed.), Digital Developments in Higher Education. (pp. 161-168). Taylor Graham[Book Chapter] [cite]

(2001) The Upcoming Revolution the the Scholarly Communication System, Journal of Electronic Publication, 7: (2) [Journal Article] [read cite]

(1999) Endowing Mediocrity: Neoliberalism, Information Technology, and the Decline of Radical Pedagogy, Radical Pedagogy, 1: (1) [Journal Article] [cite]

(1999) ICAAP eXtended Markup Language: Exploiting XML and Adding Value to the Journals Production Process, D-Lib Magazine, 5: (2) [Magazine Article] [cite]

(1998) At the Speed of Thought: Pursuing Non-Commercial Alternatives to Scholarly Communication, Association of Research Libraries Newsletter. [Magazine Article] [cite]

(1998) The University, Accountability, and Market Discipline in the Late 1990s, Electronic Journal of Sociology, 3: (3) [Journal Article] [read cite]

(1996) Subjectivity and the Labour Process: Conceptualising 'Good Work', Work, Employment, and Society, 10: (2), (pp. 297-318). [Journal Article] [read cite]

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