Spiritual Brain A Neuroscientist's Case for the Existence of the Soul

ISBN-10: 0061625981
ISBN-13: 9780061625985
Edition: 2008
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Description: Do religious experiences come from God, or are they merely the random firing of neurons in the brain? Drawing on his own research with Carmelite nuns, neuroscientist Mario Beauregard shows that genuine, life-changing spiritual events can be  More...

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List price: $14.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 9/30/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Do religious experiences come from God, or are they merely the random firing of neurons in the brain? Drawing on his own research with Carmelite nuns, neuroscientist Mario Beauregard shows that genuine, life-changing spiritual events can be documented. He offers compelling evidence that religious experiences have a nonmaterial origin, making a convincing case for what many in scientific fields are loath to consider-that it is God who creates our spiritual experiences, not the brain. Beauregard and O'Leary explore recent attempts to locate a "God gene" in some of us and claims that our brains are "hardwired" for religion-even the strange case of one neuroscientist who allegedly invented an electromagnetic "God helmet" that could produce a mystical experience in anyone who wore it. The authors argue that these attempts are misguided and narrow-minded, because they reduce spiritual experiences to material phenomena. Many scientists ignore hard evidence that challenges their materialistic prejudice, clinging to the limited view that our experiences are explainable only by material causes, in the obstinate conviction that the physical world is the only reality. But scientific materialism is at a loss to explain irrefutable accounts of mind over matter, of intuition, willpower, and leaps of faith, of the "placebo effect" in medicine, of near-death experiences on the operating table, and of psychic premonitions of a loved one in crisis, to say nothing of the occasional sense of oneness with nature and mystical experiences in meditation or prayer. Traditional science explains away these and other occurrences as delusions or misunderstandings, but by exploring the latest neurological research on phenomena such as these, The Spiritual Brain gets to their real source.

Steven A. Shaw, aka "The Fat Guy," is the founder of the phenomenally successful eGullet website, a James Beard Award-winning food critic, and a contributor to Saveur , Crain's New York Business , and many other publications. He lives in New York City with his wife and son.Mario Beauregard, Ph.D., is an associate research professor at the Departments of Psychology and Radiology and the Neuroscience Research Center at the University of Montreal. He is the coauthor of The Spiritual Brain and more than one hundred publications in neuroscience, psychology, and psychiatry.

Denyse O'Leary naci� en Saskatchewan en 1950. Ella es una periodista Canadiense que radica en Toronto y adem�s mantiene un blog. Es autora de dos libros ganadores de premios, FE@Ciencia (Winnipeg: J. Gordon Shillingford, 2001) y Por dise�o o por azar (Minneapolis: Augsburgo 2004, un vistazo general de la controversia del dise�o inteligente). Es coautora del libro El cerebro espiritual: El caso de un neuro cient�fico por la existencia del esp�ritu (Harper: 2007). Denyse se convirti� en periodista independiente despu�s de terminar la universidad y sus estudios para obtener un grado en literatura y lengua inglesa. Adem�s, ha ense�ado escritura, edici�n y pr�cticas de negocios a editores y autores durante varios a�os. O'Leary tiene dos hijas casadas.

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