Christian Humanist Profiles 63: Sensus Communis, Synesthesia, and the Soul

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Cultural criticism of the Internet age is not hard to come by: depending on one’s tastes one can find optimistic, pessimistic, apocalyptic, Capitalistic, and all other kinds of folks drawing big circles that encompass what’s most important about the Internet.  The same goes for folks writing about the Internet and Christianity–with a few searches one can find how-to sites, Jeremiads, sociology, psychology, and a host of approaches for the faithful.  But what about the mystical?  Eric McLuhan’s recent book The Sensus Communis, Synesthesia, and the Soul ventures to connect the worlds of computer network technology, Christian mysticism, and a particular class of clinical psychological work on synesthesia for the sake of exploring the embodied nature of Christian experience and the strange cultural results of the Internet user’s discarnate existence.

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