The Mathematician and the World Beyond: The Visions of Girolamo Cardano. Guest Post by Andrew Manns

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3 responses to “The Mathematician and the World Beyond: The Visions of Girolamo Cardano. Guest Post by Andrew Manns

  • Paul Green

    Intriguing article, Drew – really enjoyed it. Does the Sherwood paper relate H& H to specific neurological conditions, via repeatable lab procedures? If not we are still left with another enigma in consciousness studies.

  • Andrew

    Dear Paul, the Sherwood paper does state that there is conclusive evidence for the phenomena and explicitly refers to studies linking H&H to reports of’ ESP, apparitions, visions of previous lives or other worlds, alien abductions, witchcraft, or attacks by evil spirits or demons etc’. Additionally, Sherwood mentions that there is a strong association of H&H with sleep paralysis. In Cardano’s case however, we can never know for sure what he experienced. Historians must be careful not to diagnose the subjects of their research and commit the positivist ‘original sin’! Cardano will surely remain a mystery wrapped in an enigma, as he was while he was alive 🙂

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