Sacred Pathways

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Author Todd Murphy is a long-time member of Laurentian university Behavioral Neurosciences Research Group, known for the God Helmet, which operates under the direction of Dr. Michael A Persinger. He has published in the Journal for Near-Death Studies, Psychology Reports, Activitas Nervosa Superior, and the journal, Neuroquantology. His 9-hour lecture series can be seen on He is also the developer of the Shakti and Shiva Neural stimulation systems, which made Dr. Persinger's pioneering neural stimulation work available to the general public. His studies in the field of neurotheology began in 1985, becoming increasingly professional until his work found publication in academic journals, beginning in 1998. This is the first volume of his projected two (or three) volume series "Sacred Pathways: The Brain's role in Religious and Mystic Experiences."

Todd Murphy has appeared twice on Coast-to-Coast AM, the most popular 'new science' radio show in the USA.

Sacred Pathways

The Brain's role in Religious and Mystic Experiences

Authored by Todd Murphy
Foreword by His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Dr. Michael A. Persinger
Edition: Second

"... illuminating ..." - The Dalai Lama.

Sacred Pathways is a 21st century synthesis of science and spirituality by brain scientist Todd Murphy, in which spiritual, religious, and mystic experiences are explained with neuroscience.

Murphy uses Darwin's theory of evolution to understand the human death-process, and proposes that reincarnation is an evolutionary adaptation which contributed to the survival of our species. The book explores the ideas that the self is actually a hallucination, God is a manifestation of a part of ourselves, and enlightenment comes from a blast of neural activity in specific parts of the brain. It also looks at prayer, spontaneous mystic experiences, romantic love, and psychic skills. The author also believes that spirituality is a very positive force, both in the world, and in our lives. Spirituality, he argues, is an adaptive force that's crucial to our survival as a species, making it an integral part of human nature. An atheist who openly encourages prayer, Murphy goes past the debates between skeptics and believers and shows how religion helps us, without regard for the truth or falsehood of anyone's beliefs. Sacred Pathways is a fascinating example of no-nonsense 'new science' at its best.

This extensively referenced tour-de-force work explains the brain's role in religious and mystic experiences including, enlightenment, prayer, near-death experiences, and even telepathy. It also explains reincarnation, out-of-body experiences and the spiritual nature of romantic love.

It includes a chapter that summarizes Murphy's concept of reincarnation; the first to be published by a peer-reviewed scientific journal. It also has an in-depth discussion of the famous God Helmet.

Sacred Pathways is a major advance in neurotheology, a synthesis of science and religion that discusses spirituality only in the language of science. Most people in this field confine themselves to looking at what the brain is doing when people have otherworldly experiences, epiphanies, and peak experiences. Murphy goes further than that, seeing these things in the context of anthropology, sociology, and human evolution as well as in the human brain.

Todd Murphy has published in several scientific journals, including the Journal for Near-Death Studies, Psychology Reports, NeuroQuantology, and Activitas Nervosa Superior.

This fascinating, accessible, and thought provoking book will change the way you see spirituality.

Sacred Pathways is "...the principia (principle work) of the scientific investigation of spiritual experiences" (From the forward by Dr. Michael Persinger, inventor of the God Helmet).

Publication Date:
0615890482 / 9780615890487
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Religion / Religion & Science

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