The Spiritual Doorway in the Brain by Kevin Nelson
A Neurologist's Search for the God Experience

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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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Kevin Nelson is the author of The Daddy Guide: Real-Life Advice and Tips from over 250 Dads and Other Experts; Pickle, Pepper and Tip-In Too: 275 Sports-Derived Games and Activities for Kids; and Operation Bullpen. He was a regular correspondent for and has written articles for the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Magazine, among others.
Published December 30, 2010 by Plume. 336 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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And not just the mind—“through its nerves the heart can cause REM consciousness in waking times.” Blood supply is the major player in near-death experiences, writes the author, but also, “spiritual experiences should be judged by the profundity of their effect on us—not by what causes them.” Ne...

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Perhaps the most extraordinary finding is Nelson's discovery that animals may be capable of spiritual experiences since they share with us the same primate areas of the brain: "It is fitting that our most enduring transcendental moments engage parts of our brains that we share with mammals, repti...

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