Wednesday, May 20, 2009

'Is an encounter with God merely a chemical reaction?'

NPR is exploring the science behind mystical experiences, spiritual encounters in a five-part series. The subject has traditionally been taboo, but new technologies (perhaps changing social norms) are putting "the mechanics of the spiritual mystery" under the microscope.

(Previously, Pound360 discussed
the rising field of "neurotheology")

In one study, Johns Hopkins researcher Roland Griffiths is attempting to create a "synthetic spiritual experience." When asked why he would pursue "such controversial research," Griffiths responded, "I was just curious."

According to the NPR story, "all the studies in the world" can't answer why humans (may) have been engineered for spiritual experiences. But Pound360 has explored how
evolution may play a part.

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