Re: Non-sensory experiences

From: J. R. Molloy (
Date: Wed Nov 07 2001 - 10:04:56 MST

From: "Lee Daniel Crocker" <>
> While at bottom this seems to be just a semantic dispute about what an
> "experience" is

No, I think it's about whether one wants to believe in the supernatural, which
would be necessary in order to conclude that experience can exist without
sensory phenomena of any kind whatsoever, no matter how small or weak. It can
be turned into a semantic dispute only if we define the terms in other than
their dictionary meanings.

Main Entry: sen·so·ry
Pronunciation: 'sen(t)s-rE, 'sen(t)-s&-rE
Function: adjective
Date: 1749
1 : of or relating to sensation or to the senses
2 : conveying nerve impulses from the sense organs to the nerve centers :

Main Entry: 1ex·pe·ri·ence
Pronunciation: ik-'spir-E-&n(t)s
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin experientia act of
trying, from experient-, experiens, present participle of experiri to try,
from ex- + -periri (akin to periculum attempt) -- more at FEAR
Date: 14th century
1 a : direct observation of or participation in events as a basis of knowledge
b : the fact or state of having been affected by or gained knowledge through
direct observation or participation
2 a : practical knowledge, skill, or practice derived from direct observation
of or participation in events or in a particular activity b : the length of
such participation <has 10 years experience in the job>
3 a : the conscious events that make up an individual life b : the events that
make up the conscious past of a community or nation or mankind generally
4 : something personally encountered, undergone, or lived through
5 : the act or process of directly perceiving events or reality

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