Fourth Minns Lecture

March 23, 2007

Last night, speaking at Harvard Div, Branden expounded his model for understanding religious and creative tendencies as manifestations of human distinctives – the capacities for  abstraction, meaning-making, awe and wonder – which carried to an extreme become pathological.

Just as the mystic sees a divine significance in the most ordinary everyday occurrences, so the paranoid schizophrenic sees evidence of conspiracy. Both are failing or refusing to block out the ordinary, to take it for granted.

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