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The Mystical Mind: Probing the Biology of Religious Experience

The Mystical Mind: Probing the Biology of Religious Experience (Paperback)

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How does the mind experience the sacred? What biological mechanisms are involved in mystical states and trances? Is there a neurological basis for patterns in comparative religions? Does religion have an evolutionary function? This pathbreaking work by two leading medical researchers explores the neurophysiology of religious experience. Building on an explanation of the basic structure of the brain, the authors focus on parts most relevant to human experience, emotion, and cognition. On this basis, they plot how the brain is involved in mystical experiences. Successive chapters apply this scheme to mythmaking, ritual and liturgy, meditation, near-death experiences, and theology itself. Anchored in such research, the authors also sketch the implications of their work for philosophy, science, theology, and the future of religion.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesReligion & BeliefsChristianityChristian spirituality & religious experienceReligion & BeliefsOther Religions, Cults and alternatives to religionSpirituality & religious experienceReligion & BeliefsReligion: generalComparative religion Publisher: Augsburg Fortress Publication Date: 01/08/1999 ISBN-13: 9780800631635  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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