I saw this thing on Tech TV… an episode of Secret, Strange & True.

God, Ghosts, and Magnets

Is religious experience merely an electronic impulse? “God, Ghosts, and Magnets” asks this question. Some of the world’s top neuroscientists have found a link between a specific part of the brain and moments of religious experience. If their theory about the brain is correct, faith and religious experience may simply be an electromagnetic field in the brain.

This new science, neurotheology, began when scientists explored a condition called “temporal lobe epilepsy.” Epileptics often report profound religious experiences. Scientists began to wonder: Could there be a connection between the temporal lobes of the brain and divine revelation?

Neuroscientists began to examine the life stories of celebrated mystics, including Joan of Arc, St. Paul, and the founder of the Seventh Day Adventist Movement, Ellen White. They also monitored the brains of nuns as they sensed unity with God and the brains of Buddhist monks as they achieve oneness with the universe. All exhibited very similar patterns of brain activity.

Explore this controversial theory on TechTV’s presentation of “God, Ghosts, and Magnets.”

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