Into the Mystery: an Essay by Joscelyn Godwin Revisiting the deepest moments of 25 years of the Quest
“We should have had little claim to the praise of curiosity, if we had not endeavoured with particular attention to examine the question of the Second Sight.” - Samuel Johnson, A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland
Second Sight, a translation of the Gaelic An da shealladh, was defined by Johnson as an “an impression made either by the mind upon the eye, or by the eye upon the mind, by which things distant or future are perceived, and seen as if they were present.” While accounts of second sight (a.k.a. precognition and remote reviewing) are broadcast over the entire range of recorded history, the Western Isles and Highlands of Scotland lay claim to an unparalleled richness of accounts over many generations. We will begin by exploring the most compelling of these accounts, and then link them with the most intriguing ones from other cultures and times, including our own. We will also explore how so decisive a breach of common sense reality has led to a reconsideration of what constitutes prime reality, a reconsideration that is an especially robust aspect of the burgeoning field of consciousness studies.
This presentation includes 15 minutes of Q&A from 6:00-6:15pm EDT.