Searching for god in the brain

October 08, 2007

Using fMRI and other tools of modern neuroscience, researchers are attempting to pin down what happens in the brain when people experience mystical awakenings during prayer and meditation or during spontaneous utterances inspired by religious fervor. Such efforts to reveal the neural correlates of the divine [...,] not only might reconcile religion and science, but also might help point to ways of eliciting pleasurable otherworldly feelings in people who do not have them or who cannot summon them at will.

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