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How God Changes the Brain! The Neuroscience of Prayer, Spirituality, and Meditation! Dr. Andrew Newberg

How God Changes the Brain! The Neuroscience of Prayer, Spirituality, and Meditation! Dr. Andrew Newberg

Update: 2020-07-27
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If you’ve ever wanted to know what meditation and prayer do to the brain, then do we have the How God Changes the Brain and no theology show for you.

Today I’ll be talking with Best-Selling author, Dr. Andrew Newberg from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, a pioneer in the neurological study of religious and spiritual experiences known as Neuro-Theology, and co-author of several of my all-time favorite books on the brain, including “How God Changes the Brain” and “Neurotheology”

And that’s just what I want to talk with him about today, about breakthrough findings on science, spirituality, and the brain, and what it means for you.

Key Points Discussed:

  • Based on the latest brain science, are religious people crazy? (03:15 )
  • Interesting studies around consciousness and whether it can extend beyond the brain (04:35 )
  • The AWARE study and the common elements of near death experiences (05:50 )
  • The differences between an atheist’s brain and a nun’s brain (08:42 )
  • Is there one part of our brain involved in our religious and spiritual experiences? (11:38 )
  • What’s the happy prison of the brain? (15:56 )
  • The brain’s primary job in helping us survive by giving us a perspective of reality that works (19:48 )
  • Learning how to appreciate what other people say and believe in a world with 7 Billion people (22:00 )
  • How meditation can help us appreciate other people’s views by enabling us to be in a more relaxed and attentive state (25:08 )
  • Thinking about God and how it changes the brain by strengthening a unique neurocircuit that specifically enhances social awareness and empathy while subduing destructive feeling and emotions (27:56 )
  • The possibility of carving new grooves of compassion and empathy by training our brains to focus on love and oneness (31:10 )
  • Developing a common goal of assisting each other in achieving spiritual enlightenment (34:31 )
  • How a meditation practice can change the brain over time (38:10 )
  • The role of Ayahuasca and other compounds in helping people achieve certain spiritual states (41:39 )
  • Neurotheological studies on wearing glasses on the brain to change the way we see the world (47:00 )
  • A powerful way for the human body and brain to feel grounded and connect with the world (49:15 )
  • Brazilian channelers and what happens to their brains as they go into resonance with something else as they do their automatic writing (51:55 )
  • How long term meditators have thicker brains and so much more (56:42 )
  • Increasing our chances of better changing our brains by doing deliberate practice during our meditation (58:55 )
  • What do you think happens to the brain during the practice of watching the news? (01:00:04 )
  • Dr. Andrew’s findings on the junk DNA and what he learned about the Rabbi and the brain (01:01:49 )
  • What are your thoughts on a global consciousness or a connection between all of us? (01:05:44 )

Additional Resources:

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How God Changes the Brain! The Neuroscience of Prayer, Spirituality, and Meditation! Dr. Andrew Newberg

How God Changes the Brain! The Neuroscience of Prayer, Spirituality, and Meditation! Dr. Andrew Newberg

Michael Sandler and Dr. Andrew Newberg