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Why God Won't Go Away: Brain Science and the Biology of Belief

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Researchers Newberg and d'Aquili explore both the mystery and biology of the enduring human need for God, ritual, religion, and spirituality. Based ... Show synopsis

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PatnRose

Insightful surprize

by PatnRose on Apr 19, 2009

What it is, is a well researched nerological study that indicates that we are hard-wired for God What it isn't is a deimonzation of dieties, sects or, more to the point, bashing of any worshiping people. It would see that we have within us an enixplicable drive to seek a diety. This decovery in and of it self will be of great help to those in ministery to understand those being ministered to that are questing why man should put trust in any diety. Understand this area takes one to a new listening level and possible resolvment of a 'fallin from' suffering sole that needs some one to explore why do we need a god that dosen't seen to take action or care. I would hope the book would give the inqusitive reader a new tool in his or her endover in this vast field call worship. Above all, this book is one small tool in an enormous shop. We must use them all.

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TABBY

Book Almost Makes it

by TABBY on Jun 21, 2007

This is an excellent book for understanding the current (well, 6 years ago) state of brain research as it relates to understanding transcendental experiences. The authors present the result of their research - and the work of others - as to how activation of certain brain centers, deactivation of others, and the synergistic effect of several brain centers acting in common, control human perceptions. When the stimulation (or quiescence) is extreme - as in deep meditative trances, trance states induced by excessive rhythmic movement (dervish-style dancing), induced by psychoactive substances, or caused by brain damage (temporal lobe epilepsy) the modern human brain can produce feelings of " unity with the universe", "being one with God", entering into the spirit realm. Where the book fails is when the authors try to speculate on how early peoples might have experienced these transcendental states (they needed to bring an anthropologist into their team). Also, the last 1/4 of the book is an attempt to rationalize, with a number of wholly unsubstantiated assumptions, how the scientific research really shows that the human brain is capable of reaching a state of contact with "God".

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