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Mystical Mind (Theology and the Sciences) (Theology & the Sciences) Paperback – August 1, 1999
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The reader is introduced to basic neuroanatomy and the functions of the brain. The authors then describe their own categorization of domains of experience, termed "cognitive operators". These include locations in the brain which deliver the experience of wholeness, in contrast to other sites which deliver the experience of the parts. They introduce the concept of "spiritual intelligence" , which is the integrating and transcending function of the cognitive operators. This process creates transformation or a reframing of the gestalt or world view. Myth is discussed as a transcendent cognitive process which can explain reality and catalyze transformative integration of multivalent experiences. In a nut shell, the neurobiological basis of spiritual experience may provide the physical explanation for personal evolution and adaptation to life crises and change. Ritual may entrain the cognitive operators to process new information and allow integration to occur.Read more ›
This is a book about humans using our neurologic apparatus to construct meaning in the world, and some possibilities as to how this might occur. Read, and weep at the beautiful complexity of life, and be awestruck at the wonders of the divine Designer.
The book is divided into three sections. The first provides an overview of the central nervous system and cognitive functions. In the second section, a neuropsychological model for understanding the continuum of religious and mystical experiences is presented. Finally, the third section suggests how a theology based on neurology (neurotheology) can serve as both a meta-theology (i.e. a basis of understanding the entire range of world religions and theologies) and a mega-theology (i.e. a basis for developing a universal theology).
The author presents compelling evidence that everything that we know or experience is dependent upon and mediated by the brain. In particular, he relies on the study of patients with strokes and brain tumors, who loose function in the areas predicted by neuropsychology. It is also validated by the experiences that are generated through electrical stimulation of specific areas of the brain and by imaging data of patients and monks in deep meditation.Read more ›
There is at least one glaring omission as well - there is no discussion of the commonality of the kundalini experience among the major mystics, nor any background on the chakra system and its relation to the endocrine system. To have ignored these topics in a book dedicated to 'probing' mysticism, is to be presented with a very shallow probe indeed.
This book is evidently intended as an undergraduate text for a narrowly focused survey class, and not for the general reader.
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This book does an awesome job getting into, in a theoretical sense, what biological changes are happening in parallel with psychology changes during meditation and other altered... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Ryan Willging
The Mystical Mind: Probing the biology of religious experience, by Eugene d'Aquili and Andrew B. Newberg, Theology and the Sciences Series, Fortress Press, Minneapolis, MN, 1999,... Read morePublished on September 9, 2012 by Dr. H. A. Jones
The best explanation of mystical phenomenon I have ever seen. It places mysticism within the grasp of science. Read morePublished on September 6, 2010 by Mahmood N. A. Jawaid
I happened upon this book quite by accident.... At the time, I was reading Jordan Aumann's book, "Spiritual Theology" --a definitive book on Spirituality in the Dominican/Thomistic... Read morePublished on September 22, 2009 by Deputy George Bercaw
This is a must read for anyone wishing to de-mystify the mystical mind. Based on solid and recognized science the authors reveal how the brain works, from a neuro-biological... Read morePublished on February 1, 2009 by Dillon Masters
This book, although excellent for an overview of neurobiological funtions in the brain, is, unfortunately, absolutely useless in 'explaining' consciousness and its relation to... Read morePublished on February 3, 2006 by Steve Missal
This book attempts to integrate mystical and religious experience with our current understanding of the brain. Read morePublished on October 4, 2004 by magellan