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Neuro-theology, literature and links

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Literature on neurotheology: the neurobiology and evolution of humans and religion;


Angel, Leonard. Empirical evidence for reincarnation? Examining Stevenson's "most impressive" case. Skeptical Inquirer, Fall 1994, 481-487.

Azari, N. P. et al. Neuronal correlates of religious experience. Eur. J. Neurosci. 13, 1649-1652, 2001. Abstract

Barrett, Justin L. Exploring the natural foundations of religion. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 4 (1), 29-34, 2000. Abstract

Begley, Sharon. Religion and the brain. Newsweek, 7 May, 2001.

Blackmore, Susan J. Alien abduction - the inside story. New Scientist, 29-31, 19 Nov 1994.

Blackmore, Susan J. Experiences of anoxia: Do reflex anoxic seizures resemble near-death experiences? Journal of Near Death Studies, 17, 111-120, 1998.

Blackmore, Susan J. Near-death experiences. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine 89, 73-76, 1996. Abstract

Blanke, O., Ortigue, S., Landis, T., and Seeck, M. Stimulating illusory own-body perceptions. The part of the brain that can induce out-of-body experiences has been located. Nature 419, 269-270, 2002.

Beyerstein, Barry L. A cogent consideration of the case for Karma (and reincarnation). Skeptical Inquirer, Jan/Feb 1999, 51-53.

Borg, J., Andrée, B., Söderström, H., och Farde, L. The serotonin system and spiritual experiences. Am. J. Psychiatry 160, 1965-1969, 2003.

Carrazana, E., DeToledo, J., Tatum, W., Rivas-Vasquez, R., Rey, G., and Wheeler, S. Epilepsy and religious experiences: Voodoo possession. Epilepsia 40, 239-241, 1999. Abstract

Cook, C. M. and Persinger, Michael A. Experimental induction of the "sensed presence" in normal subjects and an exceptional subject. Percept Mot Skills 85, 683-693, 1997. Abstract

Cotton, Ian. Dr. Persinger's Good Machine. Free Inquiry, Winter 1996/97, 47-51.

New:Dawkins, Richard. Gerin Oil (parody of religious intoxication, addiction and abuse). Free Inquiry 24(1), 9-11, 2004.

Diamond, Jared. The Religious Success Story. The New York Review of Books, Nov. 7, 2002.

Ebbern, H., Mulligan, S., and Beyerstein, B. L. Maria's Near-Death Experience: Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop. Skeptical Inquirer, July/August 1996, 27-33.

Editorial: Does neuroscience threaten human values? Nature Neuroscience 1 (7), 535-536, Nov. 1998.

Fredholm, B. Passionen för människans beteende. Den stora sociologidebatten och några lärdomar från den. (In Swedish) Läkartidningen 99 (14), 1604-1608, 2002.

Goode, E. Education, scientific knowledge, and belief in the paranormal. Skeptical Inquirer, Jan/Feb 2002, 24-27.

Greyson, B. Dissociation in people who have near-death experiences: out of their bodies or out of their minds? The Lancet 355, 460-463, 2000. Abstract

Grimby, A. Lurad av minnen och sina sinnen? Änkesyner vanliga vid stor sorg och saknad. (In Swedish) Läkartidningen 92, 4878-4881, 1995.

Hay, David. "The Biology of God": What is the Current Status of Hardy's Hypothesis? The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion 4(1), 1-23, 1994.

Hjärpe, Jan. Religionens 2 ansikten. (In Swedish) Forskning & Framsteg nr 3 1998, 32-36.

Holmes, Bob. In search of God. New Scientist, 21 April 2001, 24-28.

Hunsberger, Bruce. Social-Psychological Causes of Faith: New Findings Offer Compelling Clues. Free Inquiry, Summer 1999, 34-37.

Knoblauch, H., Schmied, I., och Schnettler, B. Different kinds of near-death expereince: a report on a survey of near-death experiences in Germany. J. Near-Death Studies 20, 15-29, 2001.

Landtblom, Anne-Marie. Hade heliga Birgitta epilepsi? (In Swedish) Läkartidningen 97, nr 51-52, 6044-6048, 2000.

Lansberry, Laura D. First-Person Report: A skeptic's Near-Death Experience. Skeptical Inquirer, Vol. 18, Summer 1994, 431-431.

Larson, Edward J. and Witham, Larry. Scientists and Religion in America. Scientific American, Sept. 1999, 78-83.

Newberg, A., Alavi, A., Baime, M., Pourdehnad, M., Santanna, J., and d'Aquili, E. The measurement of regional cerebral blood flow during the complex cognitive task of meditation: a preliminary SPECT study. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging Section 106, 113-122, 2001. Abstract

Noelle, David C. Searching for God in the Machine. Free Inquiry, Summer 1998, 54-56.

Persinger, Michael A. Vectorial cerebral hemisphericity as differenctial sources for the sensed presence, mystical experiences and religious conversions. Percept Mot Skills 76, 915-930, 1993. Abstract

Persinger, Michael A. Near-Death Experiences and Ecstasy: a Product of the Organization of the Human Brain. In Mind Myths: Exploring Popular Assumptions About the Mind and Brain. Edited by Sergio Della Sala. Wiley, 1999.

Roig, M., and Neaman, M. A. Hemisphericity style and belief in ESP. Psychol. Rep 71, 995-1000, 1992. Abstract

Saver, J. L. and Rabin, J. The neural substrates of religious experience. J. Neuropsychiatry 9, 498-510, 1997. Abstract

Schacter, D. L. The seven sins of memory - insights from psychology and cognitive neuroscience. American Psychologist 54(3), 182-203. Abstract

Tong, F. Out-of-body experiences: from Penfield to present. Trend in Cognitive Sciences 7(3), 104-106, 2003. Abstract

Wolford, G., Miller, M. B., and Gazzaniga, M. The left hemisphere's role in hypothesis formation. J. Neuroscience 20, 1-4, 2000. Abstract


Blackmore, Susan J. Dying to Live: Near-death Experiences. 1993.

Crick, Francis. The Astonishing Hypothesis. 1994.

Damasio, Antonio. The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness. 1999.

Dawkins, Richard. The Selfish Gene. 1976. Second edition: 1989.

Dawkins, Richard. The Extended Phenotype. 1982.

Dawkins, Richard. The Blind Watchmaker. 1986.

Dawkins, Richard. River out of Eden. 1995.

Dawkins, Richard. Climbing Mount Improbable. 1996.

Dawkins, Richard. Unweaving the Rainbow. 1998.

Della Sala, Sergio (Ed.) Mind Myths: Exploring Popular Assumptions About the Mind and Brain. Wiley. 1999.

Dennett, Daniel C. Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life. 1995.

Dennett, Daniel C. Consciousness Explained. 1991.

de Waal, F. Good Natured. 1996.

Diamond, Jared. The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal. 1992.

Ellegård, Alvar. Myten om Jesus. 1992.

Edwards, Paul. Reincarnation: A Critical Examination. 1996.

Gilovich, Thomas: "How we know what isn't so - The fallibility of human reason in everyday life". The Free Press, 1991.

Gärdenfors, Peter. Hur Homo blev sapiens (in Swedish). 2000.

Hammer, Olav: "Osunt förnuft. En bok om intuitivt och kritiskt tänkande." (in Swedish) Wahlström & Widstrand, Stockholm 2002.

Hansson, Sven Ove: "Vetenskap och ovetenskap" (in Swedish). Tiden, 1983 och 1995.

Hobson, J. Allan. Consciousness. 1999.

Jersild, P. C. Darwins ofullbordade. 1997.

Jersild, P. C. Humpty Dumptys fall. 1990.

Kurtz, Paul. The Transcendental Temptation: a Critique of Religion and the Paranormal. 1991.

LeDoux, J. The emotional brain. 1999.

Newberg, A. and d'Aquili, E. Why God won't go away. 2001.

New:O'Yeah, Z. Guru! En resa i underlandet. 2004.

Schacter, D. L. The seven sins of memory. How the mind forgets and remembers. 2001.

Shermer, M. Why people believe weird things. 1997.

Shermer, M. How we believe - The search for God in an age of science. 2000.

Smith Churchland, P. Brain-Wise - Studies in Neurophilosophy. 2002.

Uddenberg, Nils. Arvsdygden. 1998.

Ulfstrand, Staffan. Savannliv. 1999.

Wilson, David Sloan. Darwin's Cathedral: Evolution, Religion, and the Nature of Society. 2002.

Wilson, Edward O. Consilience: the Unity of Knowledge. 1998.

Wulff, David M. Psychology of Religion: Classic & Contemporary. Second Edition. 1997.


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Criticial articles on religion and religious cults

Dawkins, Richard. Gerin Oil (parody of religious intoxication, addiction and abuse). Free Inquiry 24(1), 9-11, 2004.

God checker - Meet the Gods. Over 3,000 supreme beings, spirits and demons tested. Ãr en religiöst och politiskt oberoende organisation som arbetar för att hjälpa kristna att förstå Bibelns budskap och leva efter dess bud.

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The Skeptic's Annotated Bible. Bibelkritisk sida med sökning efter tema

Critical descriptions of scientology (L. Ron Hubbard's "religion"):

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