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Religious experiences on CT scan
on 23 May 2011
Newberg and d'Aquili present the neurophysiological evidence of the brain's `Mysticism Module'. Meditation, prayer, and spiritual experience activate and excite certain identifiable parts of the brain. This would seem the most likely primary basis of religious experience for humans. (Or for Neanderthals - they had their shrines too.)
Leaving aside the thorny question of whether or not God exists, the book suggests that our brains' capacity to experience mystical excitation is a more powerful route to religious belief than is cognitive deduction - which will neither, it seems, produce evidence for God, nor make God `go away'.
A noteworthy 21st century take on religion!