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Phantoms in the Temporal Lobe

In 1997, UC researchers Jeffery Saver and John Rabin claimed that the limbic system of the brain (an area within reach of the temporal lobes involved in emotion) plays an important role in religious experiences. In their journal article of the same year, they went on to identify a type of person prone to religious experiences that they consider to have a “temporal lobe personality”, which is for the most part something associated with temporal lobe epilepsy.

Epilepsy is a complicated disorder caused by the misfiring of neurons that result in seizures. In epilepsy, (more…)

Exploring Spiritual Neuroscience

In 1902 William James, prominent psychologist, philosopher, and physician, first spoke of the study of transcendental spiritual experiences and altered states of consciousness through the use of mind altering substances saying: “No account of the universe in its totality can be final which leaves these other forms of consciousness quite disregarded.”

James didn’t know it, but he’d stumbled upon a field of research so incredibly controversial that its future remains uncertain today. That field, known as neurotheology, (more…)