Al-Ghazali’s analogy to mystical experience

If one had to explain dreams to someone who never experienced them, he would find himself saying that there were certain men who were unconscious and yet experienced various images. The skeptic could reasonably say that this is all incoherent babble: what one was claiming is that there was an awareness of someone who was unaware. The attempt to develop the account would make dreams even more incoherent and even contradictory: they would be (supposedly) experiences which we made out of ourselves and yet were not aware of making; we would supposedly suffer these experiences though we were the only agents making them. Perhaps, after minute distinctions and hair-spitting that almost everyone would be unable to follow, we would succeed in showing that dreams were not logically impossible – though this is a bar of proof so low that even the flying spaghetti monster can clear it.

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