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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (191 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mario Beauregard, Patrick Lawlor, Denyse O'Leary Narrator: Patrick Lawlor Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Does religious experience come from God, or is it just the random firing of neurons in the brain? Drawing on brain research on Carmelite nuns that has attracted major media attention and provocative new research in near-death experiences, The Spiritual Brain proves that genuine, life-changing spiritual events can be documented. The authors make a convincing case for what many in science are loathe to consider—that it is God who creates our spiritual experiences, not the brain. Challenging the conclusions of such books as Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion and Daniel C. Dennett’s Breaking the Spell, this book will be of interest to readers on both sides of a hot-button issue at the meeting place of science and faith.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Denise | 2/19/2014

    " Much of The Spiritual Brain is an argument against materialist and evolutionary psychology, and the supposition that there is a gene or "God Spot" in the brain responsible for mystical experiences; not all of that argument is particularly convincing, but the background is important in understanding the whole. I suspect that Professor Beauregard has been beaten up over the course of his career, and the tone of early sections of the book perhaps attests to that. Plow ahead anyway. The chapters on Near Death Experiences and the professor's work with Carmelite nuns are intriguing and left me wanting to know more. As a primer on the fundamental theories at play and a resource for future research, this book is invaluable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by G0ldil0x | 2/18/2014

    " I am reading it now. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jeanne | 12/29/2013

    " Tedious and poorly organized. From reviews I expected a lot more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mike | 12/12/2013

    " Excellent look at the neuroscience of the brain and what the definition of mind and consciousness is. "

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About the Author
Author Mario Beauregard

Mario Beauregard PhD is an associate professor in the departments of radiology and psychology at the Université de Montréal (Canada), where he earned his PhD in neuroscience. He has held postdoctoral positions at the University of Texas Medical School and McGill University. Beauregard’s research concerns the neural substrate underlying self-consciousness, volition, and emotion regulation with the use of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), positron emission tomography (PET), and multichannel EEG. Other major research interests involve the mind-brain question and the neurobiology of spiritual transformation.