Current scientific philosophy, guided by materialism, argues that religious experience is the product of nothing more than the wiring of the brain. In The Spiritual Brain, Mario Beauregard and Denyse O’Leary, a distinguished neuroscientist and an award-winning writer, argue that this isn’t the case—that some people do contact a reality outside of themselves.
The authors suggest that we must move toward a non-materialist perspective that can explore and document these types of experiences. Beauregard uses the example of his own fascinating research study in which Montreal nuns were scanned with MRI equipment to show that multiple sections of the brain are involved in religious experiences, not just one “God spot,” as many have claimed.
Provocative, lively and accessible, The Spiritual Brain is a book for anyone who is religious or spiritual—and for those interested in debate about the existence of a higher consciousness.
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About the Authors:
Mario Beauregard, Ph.D., is an associate researcher in the departments of psychology and radiology and at the Neuroscience Research Centre of the Université de Montréal. He has received international media coverage for his work and was chosen by World Media Net as one of the “100 Pioneers of the 21st Century.” Mario Beauregard lives in Montreal.
Denyse O'Leary is a freelance journalist who specializes in faith and science issues. She is the author of [email protected] and By Design or By Chance?, both of which have won the Canadian Christian Writing Award. Denyse O’Leary lives in Toronto.