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How Enlightenment Changes the Brain — And How You Can Become Enlightened

Enlightenment is a traditionally mystical and slippery concept, but when it is subjected to the rigors of empirical analysis, there is a lot to be learned about our brains and ourselves.

Are We Hard-Wired for Religion?

The brain - no matter how it got there - does have this profound ability to engage in religious and spiritual experiences.

Are Some Religions More Compassionate Than Others?

Why do we have some people who are very religious who look at the world and other people in very compassionate ways and we have other people who are very religious and they look at the world in very negative ways?

How Religion Can Reduce Stress

One of the goals of this neuro-theological research is to try to find ways of identifying the negative as well as the positive effects and to try to ultimately have people turn to a more positive way of looking at religious and spiritual ideas.

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