The Spiritual Brain : A Neuroscientist's Case for the Existence of the Soul
Drawing on his own research along with others' work in neuroscience as well as some provocative new research in NDE (near-death experiences), Beauregard proves that genuine spiritual experiences can be documented and they generally have life-changing effects. "The Spiritual Brain" explains how such experiences work and the difference they make in the lives of the individual, powerfully arguing for what many in science are loathe to consider - that it is God that creates religious experiences, not the brain. Most neuroscientists are committed to the view that mystical experiences are simply the result of random neurons firing, or as one scientist puts it, they are merely 'delusions created by the brain.' But Beauregard uses the most sophisticated technology to peer inside the brains of Carmelite nuns as they recall their most profound spiritual experience which they call unio mystico, the experience of oneness with God.
- Paperback | 384 pages
- 135 x 203 x 22mm | 291g
- 15 Nov 2008
- HarperCollins Publishers Inc
- New York, United States
"A very important book, clearly explaining non-materialist neuroscience in simple terms appropriate for the lay reader." -- Jeffrey M. Schwartz, MD, Research Psychiatrist, UCLA, author of The Brain Lock and The Mind and the Brain "The Spiritual Brain is a wonderful and important book...a necessary read for both the scientist and the religious person." -- Andrew Newberg, M.D. Associate Professor of Radiology and Director of the Center for Spirituality and the Mind at the University of Pennsylvania.and co-author of Why We Believe What We Believe. "A refreshing antidote to the arguments offered by some scientists who insist that their minds, and yours, are meaningless illusions." -- Dean Radin, PhD, Senior Scientist, Institute of Noetic Sciences and author of The Conscious Universe and Entangled Minds "A sweeping critique of the trend to explain away religious experience as a brain artifact, pathology, or evolutionary quirk." -- Publishers Weekly In clear, readable prose, avoiding highly technical language, neuroscientist Beauregard argues merely physical explanations for religious experience are insufficient. Recommended." -- Library Journal Lends scientific credence to the existence of a higher or universal consciousness. -- Booklist (starred review) Drawing on Beauregard's own research into religious experiences, a researched case for the nonmaterial-and ultimately spiritual-nature of man. -- World Magazine Beauregard uses evidence to show that the self or soul is not simply locked inside the skull. -- Philadelphia Inquirer I heartily advocate the purchase of this book -- Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith Mario Beauregard and Denyse O'Leary have produced a provocatively titled book covering an equally provocative topic. -- Christian's Scholar Review
About Mario Beauregard
Mario Beauregard, Ph.D., is an associate research professor at the Departments of Psychology and Radiology and the Neuroscience Research Center at the University of Montreal. He is the coauthor of The Spiritual Brain and more than one hundred publications in neuroscience, psychology, and psychiatry. Denyse O'Leary is a Toronto-based freelance journalist and blogger who specializes in faith and science issues. She is the author of Faith@Science and By Design or by Chance? and has written for The Toronto Star, The Globe & Mail, and Canadian Living.