This Non-Religious Life Episode 57: Believing Brains and Neurotheology

This Non-Religious Life Episode 57: Believing Brains and Neurotheology


A lot of research has gone into why we believe the things we believe. This week we examine the believing brain and concepts surrounding it. While there is little doubt that cultural expectations colors our perception of the supernatural there has been a lot of research into the biochemical source of such experiences. In Sudbury, Ontario at Laurentian University, Michael Persinger has been working for over a decade on simulating religious experiences through electromagnetic stimulus to the brain. Though his research has yet to be accepted universally, it does present a unique perspective on theology. What if perceiving God is merely a biochemical response or a feedback loop in the brain? We talk about this subject and more so stay tuned and enjoy the ride.

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Jason Bayless

Jason Bayless is a life-long activist and is currently working at The Pachamama Alliance. When he is not working he spends, working with Center for Farmworker Families and spending his time recording shows, writing blogs, collecting 3D movies, and playing VR games.

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