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Sacred Pathways: The Brain's role in Religious and Mystic Experiences (Volume 1) Paperback – February 13, 2015
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About the Author
Author Todd Murphy is a long-time member of Laurentian university Behavioral Neurosciences Research Group, known for the God Helmet, which operates under the direction of Dr. Michael A Persinger. He has published in the Journal for Near-Death Studies, Psychology Reports, Activitas Nervosa Superior, and the journal, Neuroquantology. His 9-hour lecture series can be seen on www.youtube.com. He is also the developer of the Shakti and Shiva Neural stimulation systems, which made Dr. Persinger’s pioneering neural stimulation work available to the general public. His studies in the field of neurotheology began in 1985, becoming increasingly professional until his work found publication in academic journals, beginning in 1998. This is the first volume of his projected two (or three) volume series “Sacred Pathways: The Brain’s role in Religious and Mystic Experiences.” Todd Murphy has appeared twice on Coast-to-Coast AM, the most popular 'new science' radio show in the USA.
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If you are interested in human consciousness, life after death, spirituality or related topics from a scientific perspective, this book is a must-read!
My own background in this field was as a software engineer for a firm that designed and introduced an EEG (brainwave) monitor, so I had some familiarity with the brain and with the relationship between brain activity and states of consciousness and awareness.
I also am a Christian and have had a lifelong fascination with spirituality and striving to understand Who God is, what it really means to die, the nature of the afterlife, the true meaning of the teachings of Christ… so many fascinating questions.
Sacred Pathways sheds a lot of light on these topics, and it is amazing to see a truly scientific treatment of the Big Questions of theology and spiritual experience.
Professor Murphy does not argue for or against God, Near Death Experiences or the afterlife. Rather, he presents very convincing evidence for the role the brain plays in these experiences.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED reading if you are curious about the ultimate questions…
For most readers Sacred Pathways will be THE most fascinating book to read in a long time.
Do you wonder about things like reincarnation, near death experiences, mystical experiences, and even UFOs? Look no further than the gray matter beneath your skull. Take a tour of the wonders inside your head. When you reemerge you may consider moving to California (read the book to find out why) or taking up prayer, even if it's just to pray for yourself. Or, maybe we should all pray that this book finds the wide audience it deserves.
For me, what was truly fascinating was the work done on understanding near death experiences (NDEs). Dr. Murphy was able to quantify the various steps that lead up to the "point of no return". Having personally touched on an NDE myself , it was quite profound to read about the collective examples from around the world. The analysis and summary dialogue on NDEs is probably some of the best I've read.
This book deserves nothing less than five stars. However, as noted in other reviews the book has a number of grammatical errors. They're the kind of errors that one gets when editing and re-editing written material. I'm guilty of the same thing when writing a long email or Word document myself. In all fairness, Dr. Murphy calls this out in the beginning of the book. He welcomes feedback on these errors, and it will be a very good thing if they are ultimately fixed. They in no way subtract from the profundity of this work.