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4.0 out of 5 stars How God changes your brain, 16 Oct 2010
This review is from: How God Changes Your Brain: Breakthrough Findings from a Leading Neuroscientist (Paperback)
I found this book a mature well balanced read, bridging the findings of the mystics with neuro science. Thankfully the book distances itself from the myopic atheism of Dawkins and approaches the subject of spirituality with honesty and integrity. I found the authors findings are a little compartmentalised however, mapping certain meditational experiences within certain regions of the brain. If the reader is not careful then one could be lead into the conclusion that the spiritual experience is merely the by product of physiological processes. It is difficult to ascertain whether the authors attribute consciousness as a local phenomenon of the brain or not because of the acceptance of neuro plasticity, which the spiritual masters have advocated long before mainstream science addressed the topic. By accepting the premise that an individual can re wire themselves and so eventually start to create their own reality is the most empowering part of the book, but shys from actually embracing the more miraculous aspects of this premise.
The book includes quite a few meditation excercises, including "conscious yawning" detailing the benefits of each method. I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone with an interest in spirituality rather than religion and also satisfies those with a scientific orientation.
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