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3.25.2004

Unio Mystica 

The Economist has an interesting article about neurological research into the mystical experience of union with God. The article looks at a the hopes and pitfalls of trying to measure such experiences in human subjects.
n the first of what he hopes will be a series of experiments, Dr Beauregard and his doctoral student Vincent Paquette are recording electrical activity in the brains of seven Carmelite nuns through electrodes attached to their scalps. Their aim is to identify the brain processes underlying the Unio Mystica—the Christian notion of mystical union with God.
Some of the challenges are then elucidated, not the least of which may be that such experiences ultimately cannot be reduced to physiology.

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