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from the laud-a-nerve dept.
An infuriating article about a fascinating development. Researchers have apparently linked the experience of mystical union with decreased activity in a particular region of the brain, a region responsible for "finding the border between self and world."
What's infuriating is the article's implication that this proves that the state of union is a neurologically based hallucination. A more natural conclusion, to my mind, would be that the border between self and world is a neurologically based hallucination.
In any event, one might speculate that these findings could eventually lead to improved methods of artificially inducing Samadhi (floatation tanks and neurofeedback already being tentative steps in that direction). Far from spelling the end of religion, such techniques could have the salutary effect of bringing the field of psychology closer to the world of mysticism.
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