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Neuroscience of religion

Introduction to Neuroscience of Religion: – Neurotheology studies neural correlates of religious beliefs. – Also known as spiritual neuroscience or neuroscience of religion. – Aims […]

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Introduction to Neuroscience of Religion:
– Neurotheology studies neural correlates of religious beliefs.
– Also known as spiritual neuroscience or neuroscience of religion.
– Aims to explain the neurological basis for religious experiences.
– Studies phenomena like dissolution of time, spiritual awe, and altered consciousness.
– Forms the basis of popular science books.

Terminology and Theoretical Work:
– Aldous Huxley coined ‘neurotheology’ in the novel ‘Island’.
– Studies the cognitive neuroscience of religious experience.
– Term used in scientific, philosophical, and pseudoscientific contexts.
– Theoretical work by McKinney, Newberg, and Drewermann.
– Debate on integrating neurotheology into theology.

Experimental Studies and Research Findings:
– Alister Hardy founded the Religious Experience Research Centre at Oxford.
– Magnetic stimulation studies by Michael Persinger.
– Neuropsychology and neuroimaging studies on religious experiences.
– Geschwind syndrome symptoms and research findings on hyperreligiosity.
– Various studies on brain activity during religious experiences.

Psychopharmacology Hypotheses and Related Topics:
– Increase of N,N-dimethyltryptamine levels in the pineal gland.
– Stimulation of the temporal lobe by magic mushrooms.
– Research on the neurological basis of spiritual experiences.
– Topics like bicameral mentality, psychedelic crisis, and religion and schizophrenia.
– Scholarly approaches to mysticism and cognitive science of religion.

Publications and Further Reading on Neuroscience and Religion:
– Books and publications exploring neuroscience and religion.
– Studies on emotional experience and brain activity.
– Exploration of brain and religious/spiritual experiences.
– Additional resources like documentaries and external sources for in-depth understanding.

Neuroscience of religion (Wikipedia)

The neuroscience of religion, also known as neurotheology and as spiritual neuroscience, attempts to explain religious experience and behaviour in neuroscientific terms. It is the study of correlations of neural phenomena with subjective experiences of spirituality and hypotheses to explain these phenomena. This contrasts with the psychology of religion which studies mental, rather than neural states.

Proponents of the neuroscience of religion say there is a neurological and evolutionary basis for subjective experiences traditionally categorized as spiritual or religious. The field has formed the basis of several popular science books.

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