Ego: Scientific Investigation of the Spiritual Man:
Body, Mind, and Spirit Spaces

By Mehrdad Ehsan

First presented at the Irfan Colloquia Session #118
Centre for Bahá'í Studies: Acuto, Italy
June 30 – July 4, 2013
(see list of papers from #118)

    This third talk on scientific investigation of the spiritual man concentrates on body, mind, and spirit spaces. These are dimensions not yet fully captured by science: the inner and the outer dimensions of reality.

    Anthropology notes that the human brain is about three times larger than expected from our species body size, compared to other mammals. It cannot explain this brain size that is not needed for man's life functions on the planet.

    Neurology claims that human experiences are explained by brain activities and can be studied by instruments. Consciousness is simply a physical brain function that can be externally studied.

    However, this outer dimensional focus misses the important inner human dimension that includes the mind and spirit. We will explore some of the attributes of the inner and outer dimensions. Then, we will focus on the human ego which is the way the mind copes by providing itself with a sense of the inner and outer realities. This ego also makes us insane from the perspective of the deeper inner dimension of spirit.

    Awareness of this ego and its attributes is the gateway to liberation from suffering and to real consciousness. We will explore this possibility and its emphasis in Baha'u'llah's teachings.

this paper is not yet online