Neurologic/Neuropsychological examinations of mystics 
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 Neurologic/Neuropsychological examinations of mystics


>Who knows books about neurologic examinations on mystics?

> I don't know about books, and I doon't know if this is EXACTLY what
> you are looking for, but Persinger had one or more studies published in
>_Perceptual and Motor Skills__ a few years ago, which (IF I recall
>correctly) reported a high incidence of self-reported phenomena similar
>to symptoms of continuous partial epilepsy in people who--what??
>believed in UFOs?  claimed out of body experiences??

>(Nils Varney and colleagues have reported similar findings among
>patients with mild head injury)

>Sorry to be so vague about Persinger's work, but that's all I can
>recall at this point.

>Hmmm...something else is coming back to me: I believe Persinger and
>Varney were co-authors on a paper related to these isssues..

>F. Frank LeFever, Ph.D.
>New York Neuropsychology Group

If you wish to find publications related to the neuropsychological
correlates of mystics and mysticism, you might find something
interesting in this list of Dr. Persinger's publications:


these are a good start:


or his books:


Best regards,

Rod O'Connor
Neuroscience Research Group
Laurentian University
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.
P3E 2C6

Sun, 22 Apr 2001 03:00:00 GMT
 Neurologic/Neuropsychological examinations of mystics
Please consider taking a look at Ken Wilber's *The Marriage of Sense and Soul*
I personally don't think looking at MRI's and measuring serotonin levels is
going to give us much useful information regarding altered states of
consciousness and mystic experiences.

Wayne Beeman, M.S.
Fullerton, Ca.

Fri, 04 May 2001 03:00:00 GMT
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