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

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

by Kevin Nelson
 

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ISBN-10: 0452297583

ISBN-13: 2900452297585

Pub. Date: 02/28/2012

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

"Bold, provocative, and highly readable."
-V. S. Ramachandran, M.D., author of Phantoms in the Brain

What are near-death experiences, out-of-body sensations, and spiritual ecstasy? And what do they have in common? Perhaps no one is more qualified to answer these questions than renowned neurobiologist Dr. Kevin Nelson. Drawing on his

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"Bold, provocative, and highly readable."
-V. S. Ramachandran, M.D., author of Phantoms in the Brain

What are near-death experiences, out-of-body sensations, and spiritual ecstasy? And what do they have in common? Perhaps no one is more qualified to answer these questions than renowned neurobiologist Dr. Kevin Nelson. Drawing on his more than three decades of groundbreaking research into the "borderlands of consciousness," Dr. Nelson offers an unprecedented journey into the site of spiritual experience: the brain. Filled with amazing firsthand accounts as varied as a patient seeing the devil battling with his guardian angel to a man watching the universe synchronize around a pinball machine, The Spiritual Doorway in the Brain is an eloquent examination of our brains' spiritual "hardwiring" that will enthrall believers and skeptics alike.

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ISBN-13:
2900452297585
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/28/2012
Pages:
336

Table of Contents

Prologue at the Foot of the Bed 1

Part 1 The Architecture 13

1 What is a Spiritual Experience?: From Fear, to Pinball, to Fields of Daisies 15

2 The Three States of Consciousness: And Where Spiritual Arousal Happens 37

3 The Fragmented SelfHow We Become Our Own False Witness 59

Part 2 At the Doorway 91

4 The Varieties of Near-Death Experience: Telling Stories 93

5 The Brain at Death's Portal: Light and Blood 119

6 The Ancient Metronome: The Tempo from Fear to Spiritual Bliss 151

7 The Borderland of Dreams and Death: What May Come? 185

Part 3 The Other Side 219

8 The Beauty and Terror of Oneness: Deep Within the Mystic's Brain 221

Epilogue: A New Birth of Wisdom 257

Notes 263

Refernces and Resources 275

Acknowledgments 307

Index 311

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