The Spiritual Doorway in the Brain: A Neurologist's Search for the God Experience

  • Title: The Spiritual Doorway in the Brain: A Neurologist's Search for the God Experience
  • Author: KevinNelson
  • ISBN: 9780525951889
  • Page: 490
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Spiritual Doorway in the Brain A Neurologist s Search for the God Experience The world s leading neurologist on out of body and near death experiences shows that spirituality is as much a part of our basic biological makeup as our sex drive or survival instinct If Buddha had b
    The world s leading neurologist on out of body and near death experiences shows that spirituality is as much a part of our basic biological makeup as our sex drive or survival instinct If Buddha had been in an MRI machine and not under the Bodhi tree when he attained enlightenment, what would we have seen on the monitor Dr Kevin Nelson offers an answer to that questionThe world s leading neurologist on out of body and near death experiences shows that spirituality is as much a part of our basic biological makeup as our sex drive or survival instinct If Buddha had been in an MRI machine and not under the Bodhi tree when he attained enlightenment, what would we have seen on the monitor Dr Kevin Nelson offers an answer to that question that is beyond what any scientist has previously encountered on the borderlands of consciousness In his cutting edge research, Nelson has discovered that spiritual experiences take place in one of the most primitive areas of the brain In this eloquent, inspired, and reverent book, he relates the moving stories of patients and research subjects, brain scan analysis, evolutionary biology, and beautiful examples of transcendence from literature to reveal the machinery in our heads that enables us to perceive miracles whether you are an atheist, Buddhist, or the most devout Catholic The patients and people Nelson discuss have had an extremely diverse set of spiritual experiences, from arguing with the devil sitting at the foot of their hospital bed to seeing the universe synchronize around the bouncing of the ball in a pinball machine However, the bizarre experiences don t make the people seem like freaks they seem strangely very much like us, in surprising ways Ultimately Nelson makes clear that spiritual experiences are not the exception in human life, but rather an inescapable and precious part of every one of us.

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    1. I closely read the first half of this book and skimmed and scanned the second half. I was hoping when I picked it up to see some blending of spirituality and science in the discussion of near-death experiences. But as I read, I realized that there would be no real discussion of spirituality and the possibility of an after-life. The title, I think, is a come-on for people like me who are interested in what comes after our physical death. I hope that there will be something. Dr. Nelson spends most [...]

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    2. Although it took me quite a while to finish this book, I think it is really high quality. The author seems to do a really great job of trying to be true to the scientific method and scientific way of thinking while approaching the idea of spirituality with an open mind and curiosity. He does not sacrifice his scientific thinking to try to understand this human experience. Nor does he seem to denigrate the idea of spirituality or seem to be set out to prove it all silly. Instead, the author seems [...]

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    3. This book gives a nice overview of how our brain can cause many if not all of the symptoms of near-death experiences (NDEs). This doesn't prove (yet) that NDEs are caused by your own brain, just strongly suggests it. It does show that NDEs certainly do not prove the existence of an afterlife. With all the evidence for the former, and little or none for the latter, the afterlife hypothesis seems very far-fetched.The book could have been organised better, and much of the evidence presented is anec [...]

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    4. A bit too clinical for what I was looking for and expecting. It felt like a textbook at times. I'm sure it simply was just not a match for me.

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    5. Those who wish to believe there is something more to the universe than what we can observe with our instuments and reason have focused a lot of attention of near death experiences (NDE) as phenomena that support the idea of surviving death. This book will not be reassuring to people who wish to believe such survival is proven. By testing the behavior of humans when various portions of their brains are injured or suffering loss of oxygen or under many other circumstances that happen during the st [...]

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    6. Interesting booke who doesn't love a few more severed corpus callosum stories? Also, why have I never heard of the locus coeruleus before? But his title is a bit misleading, since the book is primarily about near death experiences and what causes them. Spoiler alert - it's low blood flow to the eye's retina and a bunch of REM-related stuff. Only in the last few pages does he talk about other God experiences - mainly through the use of hallucinogens. Apparently, the God experience needs a lot of [...]

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    7. Interesting insights into how the brain functions, but not conclusive in forming a junction of spirit and neurology.

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    8. The title " in the brain" but not "in the mind" gives some protection to a neurologist's account. The physical aspect of the apparatus is emphasized while the philosophic and religious discussion can be slyly inserted. As the author said, this is a bottom-up approach, hence not starting with the grander top-down hypothesis of human consciousness. As much as possible, through "physical" measurements such as MRI in connection with spiritual experiences from the extremis of near-death trauma to ord [...]

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    9. I'm in constant search for the explanation of "reality". Why is what I see and experience feel real to me, and why is someone else's experience of an exact situation different. How does everything from hormones to physics affect the way we differently interpret the same things? How do we know when our perception is truth or a fiction of our brain chemistry. As an atheist , and skeptic, I'm curious about all existential matters that help me better understand my own reactions to life, and more imp [...]

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    10. This was a good book but it was way too clinical for what I was looking for. It read like a college text book much of the time and I was expecting it to be more on the "spiritual" side. There were various clinical studies about how the brain reacts given certain injuries or circumstances and how that could indicate why people are thinking they are having a spiritual experience. In the end it wasn't conclusive to indicate it this can be all created in the brain messaging or not.So it just wasn't [...]

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    11. This was a great book that balanced spiritual curiosity and exploration with empirical data. As someone who enjoys both, this was very intriguing and certainly has contributed to how I understand my spiritual life. I really enjoyed the exploration of specific areas of the brain, how they contribute to specific experiences, the observations about how we conceive of our selves and the documentation of many peoples' experiences.

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    12. This is a fascinating book about "the spiritual brain". Dr. Nelson is a neurologist who is looking at people who have near death experiences and trying to understand what the brain may be doing. "Understanding the brain as a spiritual organ strengthens our quesst for meaning and complements a mature spirituality". I agree and hope a lot of people will read his book.

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    13. This one was not a purchase. I read this book after repeated visits to Barnes and Nobles. I only Disliked this one because I dont remember it being nearly as impactful as the DMT: Spirit Molecule book by Rick Strassman. The science seemed pretty solid at first, but I just recall it fishing for the divine.

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    14. Outstanding, stimulating material about out-of-body experience, near-death experience, mystical experience, consciousness, REM and non-REM sleep.Many of his findings are in my new book and gave me a new way of thinking about what ecstasy is. He wrote an endorsement for my new book, Hungry for Ecstasy: Trauma, the Brain, and the Influence of the Sixties.

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    15. Latest research into interface between material realm (brain chemistry and wiring) with mind/spirit realm underscores why we need to develop new methods of research and tools to better understand what lies beyond the limitations of the reductionist methods science has used since the 17th century.

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    16. If you're interested in this subject, I'd recommend instead reading John Horgan's Rational Mysticism, /book/show/83.

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    17. Spirituality and The Brain are two of my favourite topics, and yet having had to force myself to finish. In other words, not a good read at all imho.

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    18. A profound book that offered a deep explanation for near-death experiences that is only let down by never really completing the thought.

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    19. Extremely interesting book. The author explains the workings of the brain in layman's terms, details how scientists have replicated the near death experience and the ongoing research on the matter.

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    20. Easy to read but a lot of scientific information to back up his theories. Facinating subject

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