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Neurotheology, also known as biotheology or spiritual neuroscience, is the study of correlations of neural phenomena with subjective experiences of spirituality and hypotheses to explain these phenomena.
Neurotheology hypothesizes that the basis of spiritual experiences arises in neurological physiology, for example an increase of N, N-Dimethyltryptamine levels in the pineal gland, and attempts to explain these neurological basis for those experiences, such as:
* The perception that time, fear or self-consciousness have dissolved
* Spiritual awe
* Oneness with the universe
* Ecstatic trance
* Sudden enlightenment
* Altered states of consciousness
Michael Persinger, a recognized neurologist, has invented a helmet that is able to induce mystical experiences by using electromagnets to stimulate the right temporal lobe (Hercz, 2002). More than a thousand volunteers have tried the helmet, and 80% of them are reported to experience a ‘tangible presence’. Hercz explains that stimulation of the right temporal lobe invokes right-sided self, which the dominant left-sided self perceives as another entity. The feeling eventually leads subjects to have religious experiences, such as the feeling of infinite possibilities and the sense that there must be something greater.
Originally posted by banyan
if the brain can be figuratively and manually poked to produce a sensation of god, how do we decrypt a true perception of god from a false perception of god?
Originally posted by atlasastro
I guess one could also argue that an overwhelming sense of Hope or optimism could be described as the above. Is this feeling purely a result of religion?. As i am sure many people also express similar feelings at the birth of children, experiencing wonders of nature and the like. Interesting post.
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Amazed to find herself alive, Taylor spent eight years recovering her ability to think, walk and talk. She has become a spokesperson for stroke recovery and for the possibility of coming back from brain injury stronger than before. In her case, although the stroke damaged the left side of her brain, her recovery unleashed a torrent of creative energy from her right. From her home base in Indiana, she now travels the country on behalf of the Harvard Brain Bank as the "Singin' Scientist."
Originally posted by MikeboydUS
Well from that point of view I would have to say this "godhelmet" is a psychotronic device and Michael Persinger may need to be very careful in his research. He could like others before him be playing with a Pandora's Box and not even realize it.
Originally posted by MikeboydUS
reply to post by banyan
People recognize patterns and systems. I think that reason more than many others is why humans recognize gods. By the time of Pythagoras and Plato humans had picked up on to all kinds of systematic phenomena and felt they could influence this phenomena through theurgy.