Researchers Newberg and D'Aquili used high-tech imaging devices to peer into the brains of meditating Buddhists and Franciscan nuns. As the data and brain photographs flowed in, the researchers began to find solid evidence that the mystical experiences of the subjects "were not the result of some fabrication, or simple wishful thinking, but were associated instead with a series of observable neurological events," explains Newberg. "In other words, mystical experience is biologically, observably, and scientifically real.... Gradually, we shaped a hypothesis that suggests that spiritual experience, at its very root, is intimately interwoven with human biology." Lay readers should be warned that although the topic is fascinating, the writing is geared toward scientific documentation that defends the authors' hypothesis. For a more palatable discussion, seek out Deepak Chopra's How to Know God, in which he also explores this fascinating evidence of spiritual hard-wiring. --Gail Hudson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In summary, this book is not very scientific in presentation or conclusion.
The inconclusive end to the book was somewhat surprising as the subtitle "Brain Science and the Biology of Belief" seemed very scientifically biased to me.
The fact that we perceive mystical union as if it were as real as sensory experience doesn't mean it has ontological reality.
This is a great book to help Atheists understand to be more tolerant of those of faith. It explains religious beliefs are more than just early child hood development and a set of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tee2Vee
Why humans are built to 'believe'...we are never going to be rid of the god-delusion and this book explains why...very interesting descriptions of brain functions...Published 2 months ago by Larry A. Bollinger
This is one of the most thoughtful and logical books that I have ever read. It helps resolve some of the conflict between science and the need people have to see that the life's... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Josephine B.
Dr. Andrew Newberg and his colleagues believe that they have found the neural pathways that enable spiritual seekers to connect to the Absolute Unitary Being, in other words, God. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Robin E. Levin
Whether you are an atheist or a deist, believe in a monotheistic deity or worship a polytheistic force, the place that beliefs occupy in your brain will unravel the soothing effect... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Larry Dieli
This a remarkable book that answers a lot of questions and should be generally known about and read. It is an excellent book for college students and discussion groups.Published 15 months ago by Juliette de Marcellus
very interesting research. i was taken by how important ritual is to the human mind--and on the difference between spirituality and mental illness.Published 15 months ago by m cardozo