Charles Bonnet Syndrome, seeing demons, and the Talmud – Boing Boing

Earlier this week, I posted about Charles Bonnet Syndrome, a disease where mentally healthy people have very strange and vivid hallucinations. It seems to be tied to visual impairments from old age or eye damage. Over at Omphalos, Aharon Varady considers the possible relationship between Charles Bonnet Syndrome and a Talmudic method for seeing Mazikin (harmful spirits, ie. demons). The magickal technique involves putting ash into the eye. From Aharon’s fascinating post, titled “Reality and Hallucination: Towards a Talmudic Ontology of Consensus (by way of demons)”:

An interesting read.


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