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Elements S2 • E21

How Does Religion Manifest in Your Brain?

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Published on Jun 20, 2018

Neurotheologists are discovering new information that suggests that religion and science may have more in common than we think.

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Read more:
Neurotheology: This Is Your Brain On Religion
https://www.npr.org/2010/12/15/132078...
“Newberg emphasizes that while neurotheology won't provide definitive findings about things like the existence of a higher power, it will provide a deeper understanding of what it means for a person to be religious.”

Where religious belief and disbelief meet in the brain
http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/whe...
“The study also found that devout Christians and nonbelievers use the same brain regions to judge the truth of religious and nonreligious propositions. The results, the study authors say, represent a critical advance in the psychology of religion.”

What Happens to the Brain During Spiritual Experiences?
https://www.theatlantic.com/health/ar...
“What fascinates him about mystical experiences—the goal of many meditation practices—are the reports of experiencing a higher reality that is “more real” than everyday perceptions.”
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