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The God Impulse: Is Religion Hardwired into the Brain? by Kevin Nelson

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By Kevin Nelson

Why do humans have near-death stories? Are there actual factors for these out-of-body sensations and tunnels of sunshine? And what approximately moments of non secular ecstasy? If Buddha were in an MRI computing device and never below the Bodhi tree whilst he attained enlightenment, what could we've seen at the video display? within the GOD IMPULSE, Kevin Nelson, a neurologist with 3 decades' event studying the biology at the back of human spirituality, deconstructs the religious self, uncovering its starting place within the so much primitive parts of our mind.

Through his innovative reviews on near-death event, Nelson has chanced on that religious adventure is an incidental fabricated from a number of various neurological techniques performing independently. after we consider on the subject of God or experience the presence of departed kin, we could think that we're status on the border of this international and the subsequent as person, self sustaining, rational creatures-touching God. the truth is way varied: our mind functionality resembles a Cubist portray by way of Picasso or Braque, and the stories we regard because the peak of our humanity are in reality produced by means of primal reflexes.

THE GOD IMPULSE takes us on a trip into what Nelson calls the borderlands of cognizance. The publication bargains the 1st accomplished, empirically-tested, peer-reviewed exam of the explanations we're in a position to near-death event, out-of-body adventure, and the paranormal states produced by way of hallucinogenic drugs.

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All patients with asomatognosia have hemispatial neglect (usually left), hence this would seem to be a precondition for the development of asomatognosia; indeed, for some authorities asomatognosia is synonymous with personal neglect. Attribution of the neglected limb to another person is known as somatoparaphrenia. The anatomical correlate of asomatognosia is damage to the right supramarginal gyrus and posterior corona radiata, most commonly due to a cerebrovascular event. Cases with right thalamic lesions have also been reported.

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