Video Lectures – Spirituality and the Brain

Videos- Six Lectures on Neurotheology

by Todd Murphy, associate member of Laurentian University Behavioral Neurosciences program, under the direction of Dr. M.A. Persinger

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Blog for discussing the videos HERE (moderated)

God and the Brain. (1 Hour and 47 minutes) (Oct 4th, 2008)

An in-depth discussion of Michael Persinger’s God Helmet (also called the Koren Helmet), including a look at the brain’s role in visions of God, near-death experiences, case histories of people who’ve had visions God, the ‘sensed presence’ and more.

Reincarnation in Human Evolution (Darwinian Reincarnation)

(1 Hour and 29 minutes) 

How reincarnation appeared in our evolutionary history ~ the physical basis for rebirth ~ a new view of karma ~ More

Enlightenment, The Self, and the Brain, (1 hour and 29 minutes) 

What is the self? ~ How does enlightenment happen? ~ Why do some enlightened people teach and others remain silent? ~ More

Psychic Skills and Miracles. (1 Hour and 44 minutes) 

A new technology for psychic skills ~ How to (try) to do miracles ~ remote viewing and telepathy ~ More

Putting Neurotheology into practice. (1 Hour and 31 minutes) 

How to choose (or suggest) spiritual practices by looking at a person’s individual neural history ~ Deja vu ~ Temporal lobe epilepsy ~ More

The Sacred Body – (1 Hour and 20 Minutes)

Kundalini & the Chakras ~ Subtle Bodies ~ Chi ~ Yoga

Two types of Atheism.

This slideshow presents the idea that there are two schools of atheism. One of them holds that religion is part of our cultures and evolutionary history. It is (or once was) crucial for our survival, so that we, as a species, cannot be truly human without it. The other school of thought, with Richard Dawkins as its figurehead, tells us that religious belief is a delusion, and its extremists even call for religion to be abolished.
Todd Murphy offers the idea that many beliefs help us to live with others, survive, and even gain “social rank”. Religion, Murphy tells us, is good for people, and the “adaptive” (positive) value of the behaviors it motivates are more important than the truth or falsehood of its beliefs.

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