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How the brain creates out-of-body experiences and religious epiphanies

 
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How the brain creates out-of-body experiences and religious epiphanies
There are many carefully documented accounts in the medical literature of intense, life-altering religious experience in epileptic seizures. Hallucinations of overwhelming intensity, sometimes accompanied by a sense of bliss and a strong feeling of the numinous, can occur especially with the so-called "ecstatic" seizures that may occur in temporal lobe epilepsy. Though such seizures may be brief, they can lead to a fundamental reorientation, a metanoia, in one's life. Fyodor Dostoevsky was prone to such seizures and described many of them, including this:

The air was filled with a big noise and I tried to move. I felt the heaven was going down upon the earth and that it engulfed me. I have really touched God. He came into me myself, yes God exists, I cried, and I don't remember anything else. You all, healthy people ... can't imagine the happiness which we epileptics feel during the second before our fit. ... I don't know if this felicity lasts for seconds, hours or months, but believe me, for all the joys that life may bring, I would not exchange this one. Read more [link to www.theatlantic.com]
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Re: How the brain creates out-of-body experiences and religious epiphanies
That's like saying the brain creates the Sun.

XD XD XD

Silly thoughts.

Or brain creates time. Or emotion.

It creates the limitations of it, and the experience is only seen this way through the brain. But it does not receive it.
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Re: How the brain creates out-of-body experiences and religious epiphanies
That's like saying the brain creates the Sun.

XD XD XD

Silly thoughts.

Or brain creates time. Or emotion.

It creates the limitations of it, and the experience is only seen this way through the brain. But it does not receive it.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 13982175

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Re: How the brain creates out-of-body experiences and religious epiphanies
You say potaytoes, I say podtahtoes.
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Re: How the brain creates out-of-body experiences and religious epiphanies
You say potaytoes, I say podtahtoes.
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Why do undeserving, incompetent people, who sleep on the job...get promoted, and then everyone else has to tolerate their incompetent @#!%$?

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