A Scientific Inquiry Into the Nature of God the Spiritual and Near Death Experiences

A Scientific Inquiry Into the Nature of God  the Spiritual  and Near Death Experiences
Author: Stephen Blaha
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9780972079525
Available:
Release: 2002-06-01
Editor: Pingree-Hill Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Who is God? What is His nature? Is there a scientific approach to understanding God? Can we apply modern scientific thinking to God in the same way that theologians apply classical reasoning to God? Are there spiritual phenomena? Can we rationally analyze them? How do we interpret the apparently spiritual nature of Near Death Experiences? Can we explain how a blind person undergoing a Near Death Experience "sees" the operating table with his/her mind and can describe the people there afterwards? All of these questions are addressed in a clear straightforward way in this well-written book. A profound book that will appeal to thoughtful readers.

DMT The Spirit Molecule

DMT  The Spirit Molecule
Author: Rick Strassman
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9781594779732
Available:
Release: 2000-12-01
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A clinical psychiatrist explores the effects of DMT, one of the most powerful psychedelics known. • A behind-the-scenes look at the cutting edge of psychedelic research. • Provides a unique scientific explanation for the phenomenon of alien abduction experiences. From 1990 to 1995 Dr. Rick Strassman conducted U.S. Government-approved and funded clinical research at the University of New Mexico in which he injected sixty volunteers with DMT, one of the most powerful psychedelics known. His detailed account of those sessions is an extraordinarily riveting inquiry into the nature of the human mind and the therapeutic potential of psychedelics. DMT, a plant-derived chemical found in the psychedelic Amazon brew, ayahuasca, is also manufactured by the human brain. In Strassman's volunteers, it consistently produced near-death and mystical experiences. Many reported convincing encounters with intelligent nonhuman presences, aliens, angels, and spirits. Nearly all felt that the sessions were among the most profound experiences of their lives. Strassman's research connects DMT with the pineal gland, considered by Hindus to be the site of the seventh chakra and by Rene Descartes to be the seat of the soul. DMT: The Spirit Molecule makes the bold case that DMT, naturally released by the pineal gland, facilitates the soul's movement in and out of the body and is an integral part of the birth and death experiences, as well as the highest states of meditation and even sexual transcendence. Strassman also believes that "alien abduction experiences" are brought on by accidental releases of DMT. If used wisely, DMT could trigger a period of remarkable progress in the scientific exploration of the most mystical regions of the human mind and soul.

The Science of Near Death Experiences

The Science of Near Death Experiences
Author: John C. Hagan
Pages: 183
ISBN: 9780826273680
Available:
Release: 2017-01-30
Editor: University of Missouri Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

What happens to consciousness during the act of dying? The most compelling answers come from people who almost die and later recall events that occurred while lifesaving resuscitation, emergency care, or surgery was performed. These events are now called near-death experiences (NDEs). As medical and surgical skills improve, innovative procedures can bring back patients who have traveled farther on the path to death than at any other time in history. Physicians and healthcare professionals must learn how to appropriately treat patients who report an NDE. It is estimated that more than 10 million people in the United States have experienced an NDE. Hagan and the contributors to this volume engage in evidence-based research on near-death experiences and include physicians who themselves have undergone a near-death experience. This book establishes a new paradigm for NDEs.

The Rhythms of History

The Rhythms of History
Author: Stephen Blaha
Pages: 324
ISBN: 9780972079570
Available:
Release: 2002-08-01
Editor: Pingree-Hill Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"The Rhythms of History" presents a quantitative theory of civilizations supported by the data in Toynbee's classic 12-volume "A Study of History."

The Life Cycle of Civilizations

The Life Cycle of Civilizations
Author: Stephen Blaha
Pages: 260
ISBN: 9780972079587
Available:
Release: 2002
Editor: Pingree-Hill Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This book is an expanded version of The Rhythms of History, the book that made macro-History into a semi-quantitative Science. New features include: 1. an appendix showing how the history of Mayan civilization conforms to the book''s Theory of Civilizations including the latest information from the newly discovered hieroglyphic texts at Dos Pilas, Guatemala; 2. an appendix on the sub-Saharan African civilization, Great Zimbabwe, showing it fits the theory; 3. a comparison of the theory with Toynbee''s observations showing the many new features resulting from a quantitative theory; 4. numerous historic pictures and illustrations of the civilizations of Mankind including a number of newly found pictures from the nineteenth century; 5. a chapter describing the potentially disturbing implications of patterns in civilizations - Are we free? ? and the implications for the Philosophy of History; and 6. expanded comments in many sections such as the sections on the future of Humanity, the role of China, and the Islamic - West conflict. The book begins with a hard hitting, "tell it like it is" chapter on the current international situation with statements such as: "The United States and Western civilization is now engaged in a small Vietnam-style war on a global scale at the time of this writing. This war is still in the early stages of development. ... The attack on the World Trade Center by Muslim terrorists may have the same significance for Western civilization that the Gothic invasion of Rome itself in the prime of the Empire (the First Century AD) had for the future of Rome. They may be a premonition of things to come - not necessarily soon but perhaps in a few centuries. The Goths returned three centuries later and remained as permanent conquerors. ... Over the long term the West must free itself from a dependence on Muslim oil. Muslim oil revenues are the fuel for the development of weapons of mass destruction by Iran and Iraq. In the future they will supply the revenues of an expansionist Islam. ... As the silk trade looted the Roman Empire of its gold and reduced its economy, the trade in oil is looting the West of its prosperity and freedom of action. The rise and fall of oil prices has a significantly greater effect on the American and world economy than the raising and lowering of interest rates by central banks. " The book then describes a theory of civilizations that led to these observations. Currently unfolding events seem to be fulfilling the predictions which were made last year (including the new North Korean threat that seems to be consistent with a predicted breakdown in Japan ? North Korea will create major problems with Japan. As this is being written Japan is moving Aegis destroyers nearer to North Korea and preparing for defense.) THE EVENTS DESCRIBED IN THIS BOOK, AND ITS PREDECESSOR, APPEAR TO BE HAPPENING AS PREDICTED LAST YEAR. According to Theory of Civilizations the basis of civilizations was laid with a genetic mutation (found by Ding et al) 40,000 years ago that created bold enterprising individuals who became the leadership group of civilizations: a group that Toynbee called the "creative minority." When the world''s climate became warmer and more stable 10,000 years ago the seeds of civilizations began to germinate. Thus the origin of civilizations is tied to human genetics. The book then shows that a long-term social behavior pattern of mankind (based on four generation trends) causes civilizations to develop and "oscillate" in patterns of routs and rallies. Civilizations rise and fall due to their internal human dynamics. The theory of civilization is developed using equations and 68 diagrams that show a close detailed match between the theory and the actual history of all known Asian, European and African civilizations over the last 5,500 years. The theory projects the future of today''s civilizations (including the future of Western and Islamic civilizations). It also successfully describes the interaction of barbarians and civilizations, the interaction of two civilizations, the impact of modern technology on civilizations (it accounts for the Luddite reaction to the Industrial Revolution), the impact of major environmental events on civilizations (e.g. the collapse of Minoan civilization due to a volcanic eruption), and the disintegration of civilizations. It also accounts for the tremendous growth phases seen in many civilizations such as the building of the great pyramids in Egyptian civilizations. Based on the theory fifteen new civilizations are identified including new prehistoric Chinese and Egyptian civilizations. Having shown the success of the theory for earth civilizations it considers the form of extraterrestrial civilizations and calculates their impact on Western civilization should contact be established. The book also shows the need for the colonization of space and nearby planets if mankind is to progress in the future. The book analyzes the impact of the lengthening life spans of mankind on the future of civilizations. Predictions are made for the "state of the world" for 2050 and 2100. A detailed understanding the past enables the theory of civilizations to make predictions for the future. Defining Progress to be the sum of the world''s civilizations the book shows that Progress seems to be approximately linearly increasing over the last 5,500 years. A plot of Progress appears on the book''s cover (shown on this web page) together with the contributions of each civilization to Progress. (The vertical order of the civilizations in the plot is arbitrary. Older civilizations tend to be lower in the plot.) The book is a tour de force that makes History a Science rather than a collection of random events. It is the first detailed mathematical treatment of history. Although the book contains mathematics it is intended for the general reader as well as the mathematically inclined. There are copious verbal descriptions of the theory as well as many figures plotting the theory versus historical events. A qualitative, descriptive theory of civilizations is also presented that is like a "Dow Theory of Civilizations."

Quantum Big Bang Cosmology

Quantum Big Bang Cosmology
Author: Stephen Blaha
Pages: 378
ISBN: 9780974695815
Available:
Release: 2004-01
Editor: Pingree-Hill Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A highly technical book describing a new Cosmology for the Beginning of the Universe as well as diverse related topics such as Quantum Field Theory, Tachyons, Quantum Coordinates and Dimensions, Inflationary Cosmology, complex space-time, complex General Relativity, the dodecahedral shape of the universe and so on. The intended audience is cosmologists, physicists, mathematical physicists, mathematicians, and graduate students in those areas.

Cosmos and Consciousness

Cosmos and Consciousness
Author: Stephen Blaha
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780972079549
Available:
Release: 2002
Editor: Pingree-Hill Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This book represents a simple idea with profound implications for science and philosophy. It develops a new foundation at both a popular and technological level of current fundamental theories.

A Java Programming Introductory and Intermediate Course

A Java Programming Introductory and Intermediate Course
Author: Stephen Blaha
Pages: 604
ISBN: 9780972079532
Available:
Release: 2002-06-01
Editor: Pingree-Hill Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Based on the best available corporate training courses, this volume is aimed at those with some computer training and want to expand on their Java knowledge. (Computer Books)

A New Quantum Scientific Method

A New Quantum Scientific Method
Author: Phil Petersen Ph.D.
Pages: 178
ISBN: 9781504394987
Available:
Release: 2018-01-05
Editor: Balboa Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Quantum theory forces us to consider the usual scientific method invalid in several ways. It even questions the basis of scientific logic: cause and effect. The current scientific method ignores individual experience and the different states of awareness we go through in the sleep states of the brain. Phil Petersen, Ph.D., explores how to open science to study these states and better understand how the uncertainty of quantum theory applies to them and our waking state. He asserts that this helps us understand how to enable positive possibilities for our lives. The book will appeal to those who meditate or believe in the power of positive thinking as well as those who are open to questioning the very foundations of science. Readers will learn what historys greatest thinkers, including Francis Bacon, Stephen Hawking, Thomas Kuhn, Albert Einstein, and others, have said about the reality of the world in which we live. Discover an intriguing argument for reconsidering and replacing the scientific method to explore different realms of consciousnes and enjoy spiritual awareness and healing with the insights in A New Quantum Scientific Method.

How to Spot the Spirit s Work in Your Life

How to Spot the Spirit s Work in Your Life
Author: David S. Luecke
Pages: 174
ISBN: 9781512752724
Available:
Release: 2016-09-16
Editor: WestBow Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Believers who raise their awareness of the Holy Spirit, practice GROWTH in the Spirit and share their experiences will find their Christian life becomes more exciting and fulfilling. Pastors who teach Spirit awareness and GROWTH practices will see their congregation become more stimulating, healthy and attractive. We confess that the fellowship of the Holy Spirit gives churches their unique identity and energy. Yet many traditional Protestant churches act otherwise. Withering congregations can regain vitality by refocusing on this truth and learning to name and share their encounters with Christs Spirit. How to Spot the Spirits Work in Your Life is the second in a series of three books pastor and psychologist David S Luecke has written on the Holy Spirit: 1st Encounters with the Holy Spirit works out the biblical basics for the Spirits job description today, offers insights from behavioral and developmental psychology, and outlines leadership principles for fine-tuning a churchs culture. 2nd How to Spot the Spirits Work in Your Life emphasizes practical application in a discussion format and advocates six GROWTH practices. 3rd How the Spirit Shapes Prayer offers survey findings for how prayer is actually done by traditional Christians. Based on How to Spot the Spirits Work in Your Life, Dave Luecke developed four sessions of Spot-the-Spirit Discussions. The 32-page Guide and videos of his introductions are available at www.GROWTHintheSpirit.church. After seminary and ordination, David S. Luecke earned an MBA and PhD at Washington University of Saint Louis and then spent the next 20 years in academia, teaching leadership techniques in business schools and church management at Fuller Theological Seminary. When he received a call to plant a church near his home town of Cleveland, he welcomed the opportunity to practice what he taught. He moved on to become administrative pastor of Royal Redeemer Lutheran Church. He continues to serve there as a semi-retired missions pastor. www.GROWTHintheSpirit.church

The Spiritual Doorway in the Brain

The Spiritual Doorway in the Brain
Author: Kevin Nelson
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9781101446102
Available:
Release: 2010-12-30
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The world's leading neurologist on out-of-body and near-death experiences shows that spirituality is as much a part of our basic biological makeup as our sex drive or survival instinct. If Buddha had been in an MRI machine and not under the Bodhi tree when he attained enlightenment, what would we have seen on the monitor? Dr. Kevin Nelson offers an answer to that question that is beyond what any scientist has previously encountered on the borderlands of consciousness. In his cutting-edge research, Nelson has discovered that spiritual experiences take place in one of the most primitive areas of the brain. In this eloquent, inspired, and reverent book, he relates the moving stories of patients and research subjects, brain scan analysis, evolutionary biology, and beautiful examples of transcendence from literature to reveal the machinery in our heads that enables us to perceive miracles-whether you are an atheist, Buddhist, or the most devout Catholic. The patients and people Nelson discuss have had an extremely diverse set of spiritual experiences, from arguing with the devil sitting at the foot of their hospital bed to seeing the universe synchronize around the bouncing of the ball in a pinball machine. However, the bizarre experiences don't make the people seem like freaks; they seem strangely very much like us, in surprising ways. Ultimately Nelson makes clear that spiritual experiences are not the exception in human life, but rather an inescapable and precious part of every one of us.

The Equivalence of Elementary Particle Theories and Computer Languages

The Equivalence of Elementary Particle Theories and Computer Languages
Author: Stephen Blaha
Pages: 146
ISBN: UOM:39015060546945
Available:
Release: 2005
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Phenomenological Inquiry in Psychology

Phenomenological Inquiry in Psychology
Author: Ron Valle
Pages: 442
ISBN: 9781489901255
Available:
Release: 2013-11-11
Editor: Springer Science & Business Media
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This fine new book, the third in a series, brings psychologists up to date on the advances of phenomenological research methods in illuminating the nature of human awareness and ex periences. In the more congenial and welcoming intellectual climate of the 1990s, phe nomenological methods have moved to the forefront of discourse on research methods that support and advocate an expanding view of science. In Valle and King (1978), phenome nological methods were presented as alternatives to behavioral methods. In Valle and Halling (1989), phenomenological methods were advanced to perspectives in psychology. This new volume is even less cautious, indeed bolder, in relation to conventional methods and epistemologies. By now, people knowledgeable about psychology, and most psycholo gists, have digested the criticisms directed against methods that operationalize, quantify, and often minimize human behavior. In bringing us up to date on the growing power of phe nomenological methods, this volume brings welcome coherence and integrity to an in creasingly harried science attempting to reenchant itself with meaning and depth, an endeavor artfully exemplified by phenomenological inquiries of the last several decades.

A Finite Unified Quantum Field Theory of the Elementary Particle Standard Model and Quantum Gravity

A Finite Unified Quantum Field Theory of the Elementary Particle Standard Model and Quantum Gravity
Author: Stephen Blaha
Pages: 183
ISBN: 0972079599
Available:
Release: 2003
Editor: Pingree Hill Pub
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This book, A Finite Unified Quantum Field Theory of the Elementary Particle Standard Model and Quantum Gravity Based on New Quantum Dimensions and a New Paradigm in the Calculus of Variations, develops a new formulation of quantum field theory. Within this framework, a finite unified quantum field theory of the known forces of nature - electromagnetism, the weak interactions, the strong interactions and gravity - is created. The conventional Standard Model is the large distance limit of the elementary particle sector of the unified theory. The Quantum Gravity sector is finite in this formulation. Its large distance limit is Einsteinian gravity. This unified theory contains no divergences - thus solving a major problem that has bedeviled quantum field theory for the past seventy years. The theory is based on a new form of hidden dimensions: Quantum Dimensions, that only manifest themselves at ultra-high energies. Some new phenomena that result are: * Unification of QED, Weak Interactions, Strong Interactions and Quantum Gravity.* Finite - No divergences.* Finite also with massive vector bosons: No need for Higgs mechanism.* Low Energy Limit: Approximates Standard Model (and QED) to arbitrary accuracy.* Suggests possible doubly charged dilepton resonances.* Large Distance limit of Quantum Gravity: Newtonian gravitational potential.* No ultra-microscopic Black Holes.* A New form of hidden dimensions: Quantum Dimensions.* A New form of interaction: Dimensional Interactions.* A New paradigm (type of problem) for the Calculus of Variations.

Personal Spirituality

Personal Spirituality
Author: Daniel J. Benor
Pages: 597
ISBN: 097542484X
Available:
Release: 2006
Editor: Wholistic Healing Publications
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Dr. Benor addresses his explorations from the standpoint of an advocate, but one who is an open-minded explorer, neither from a religious nor a conventional medical perspective. The breadth and depth of the research reports in this volume, on the psychic, intuitive and spiritual aspects of healing will engage even the knowledgeable reader. This book is destined to take its place among the most influential and controversial in the field of claims, reports, and experiences of unconventional healing and spiritual awareness.

Proof of Heaven

Proof of Heaven
Author: Eben Alexander
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781451695199
Available:
Release: 2012-10-23
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Shares an account of his religiously transformative near-death experience and revealing week-long coma, describing his scientific study of near-death phenomena while explaining what he learned about the nature of human consciousness.

One Layman s Contemporary Theology

One Layman s Contemporary Theology
Author: Michael S. K. Toh
Pages: 784
ISBN: 9781493137671
Available:
Release: 2014-07-15
Editor: Xlibris Corporation
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Principles of Neurotheology

Principles of Neurotheology
Author: Assoc Prof Andrew B Newberg
Pages: 286
ISBN: 9781409481041
Available:
Release: 2013-06-28
Editor: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"Neurotheology" has garnered substantial attention in the academic and lay communities in recent years. Several books have been written addressing the relationship between the brain and religious experience and numerous scholarly articles have been published on the topic, some in the popular press. The scientific and religious communities have been very interested in obtaining more information regarding neurotheology, how to approach this topic, and how science and religion can be integrated in some manner that preserves both. If neurotheology is to be considered a viable field going forward, it requires a set of clear principles that can be generally agreed upon and supported by both the theological or religious perspective and the scientific one as well. Principles of Neurotheology sets out the necessary principles of neurotheology which can be used as a foundation for future neurotheological discourse. Laying the groundwork for a new synthesis of scientific and theological dialogue, this book proposes that neurotheology, a term fraught with potential problems, is a highly useful and important voice in the greater study of religious and theological ideas and their intersection with science.

Exploring Frontiers of the Mind Brain Relationship

Exploring Frontiers of the Mind Brain Relationship
Author: Alexander Moreira-Almeida,Franklin Santana Santos
Pages: 243
ISBN: 1461406471
Available:
Release: 2011-11-25
Editor: Springer Science & Business Media
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The conscious mind defines human existence. Many consider the brain as a computer, and they attempt to explain consciousness as emerging at a critical, but unspecified, threshold level of complex computation among neurons. The brain-as-computer model, however, fails to account for phenomenal experience and portrays consciousness as an impotent, after-the-fact epiphenomenon lacking causal power. And the brain-as-computer concept precludes even the remotest possibility of spirituality. As described throughout the history of humankind, seemingly spiritual mental phenomena including transcendent states, near-death and out-of-body experiences, and past-life memories have in recent years been well documented and treated scientifically. In addition, the brain-as-computer approach has been challenged by advocates of quantum brain biology, who are possibly able to explain, scientifically, nonlocal, seemingly spiritual mental states. Exploring Frontiers of the Mind-Brain Relationship argues against the purely physical analysis of consciousness and for a balanced psychobiological approach. This thought-provoking volume bridges philosophy of mind with science of mind to look empirically at transcendent phenomena, such as mystic states, near-death experiences and past-life memories, that have confounded scientists for decades. Representing disciplines ranging from philosophy and history to neuroimaging and physics, and boasting a panel of expert scientists and physicians, including Andrew Newberg, Peter Fenwick, Stuart Hameroff, Mario Beauregard, Deepak Chopra, and Chris Clarke the book rigorously follows several lines of inquiry into mind-brain controversies, challenging readers to form their own conclusions—or reconsider previous ones. Key coverage includes: Objections to reductionistic materialism from the philosophical and the scientific tradition. Phenomena and the mind-brain problem. The neurobiological correlates of meditation and mindfulness. The quantum soul, a view from physics. Clinical implications of end-of-life experiences. Mediumistic experience and the mind-brain relationship. Exploring Frontiers of the Mind-Brain Relationship is essential reading for researchers and clinicians across many disciplines, including cognitive psychology, personality and social psychology, the neurosciences, neuropsychiatry, palliative care, philosophy, and quantum physics. “This book ... brings together some precious observations about the fundamental mystery of the nature of consciousness ... It raises many questions that serve to invite each of us to be more aware of the uncertainty of our preconceptions about consciousness ... This book on the frontiers of mind-body relationships is a scholarly embodiment of creative and open-minded science.” C. Robert Cloninger, MD Wallace Renard Professor of Psychiatry, Genetics, and Psychology, Washington University School of Medicine St. Louis MO

The God Part of the Brain

The  God  Part of the Brain
Author: Matthew Alper
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781402236372
Available:
Release: 2008-09-01
Editor: Sourcebooks, Inc.
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Is Man the product of a God...or is "God" the product of human evolution? From the dawn of our species, every human culture-no matter how isolated-has believed in some form of a spiritual realm. According to author Matthew Alper, this is no mere coincidence but rather due to the fact that humans, as a species, are genetically predisposed to believe in the universal concepts of a god, a soul and an afterlife. This instinct to believe is the result of an evolutionary adaptation-a coping mechanism-that emerged in our species to help us survive our unique and otherwise debilitating awareness of death. Spiritual seekers and atheists alike will be compelled and transformed by Matthew Alper's classic study of science and religion. The 'God' Part of the Brain has gained critical acclaim from some of the world's leading scientists, secular humanists, and theologians, and is as a must read for anyone who has pondered the question of God's existence, as well as the meaning of our own. Praise for The "God" Part of the Brain "This cult classic in many ways parallels Rene Descartes' search for reliable and certain knowledge...Drawing on such disciplines as philosophy, psychology, and biology, Alper argues that belief in a spiritual realm is an evolutionary coping method that developed to help humankind deal with the fear of death...Highly recommended."— Library Journal "I very much enjoyed the account of your spiritual journey and believe it would make excellent reading for every college student - the resultant residence-hall debates would be the best part of their education. It often occurs to me that if, against all odds, there is a judgmental God and heaven, it will come to pass that when the pearly gates open, those who had the valor to think for themselves will be escorted to the head of the line, garlanded, and given their own personal audience." — Edward O. Wilson, two-time Pulitzer Prize-Winner "This is an essential book for those in search of a scientific understanding of man's spiritual nature. Matthew Alper navigates the reader through a labyrinth of intriguing questions and then offers undoubtedly clear answers that lead to a better understanding of our objective reality." — Elena Rusyn, MD, PhD; Gray Laboratory; Harvard Medical School "What a wonderful book you have written. It was not only brilliant and provocative but also revolutionary in its approach to spirituality as an inherited trait."— Arnold Sadwin, MD, former chief of Neuropsychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania "A lively manifesto...For the discipline's specific application to the matter at hand, I've seen nothing that matches the fury of The 'God' Part of the Brain, which perhaps explains why it's earned something of a cult following." — Salon.com "All 6 billion plus inhabitants of Earth should be in possession of this book. Alper's tome should be placed in the sacred writings' section of libraries, bookstores, and dwellings throughout the world. Matthew Alper is the new Galileo...Immensely important...Defines in a clear and concise manner what each of us already knew but were afraid to admit and exclaim."— John Scoggins, PhD "Vibrant ... vivacious. An entertaining and provocative introduction to speculations concerning the neural basis of spirituality."— Free Inquiry Magazine