What If Our Brains Aren’t Good Enough?

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I’ve always wanted to know the answers:  What creates consciousness?  How did the cosmos come to be?  What happens when we die?  Why are we here?  From a certain perspective, my life has consisted of a series of investigations into ways of discovering the answers to these kinds of questions.  In college, I became interested in philosophy.  In medical school, I became fascinated by neurology and simultaneously began my experiment with Buddhism.  I’ve learned a lot along the way and have settled at least the answer to the last question to my satisfaction (which, for interested readers, I detail in my forthcoming book The Undefeated Mind), but as to the others, a recent conversation with one of my brothers sparked an unhappy thought:  perhaps our brains are built in such a way that they can’t even properly conceive the answers. Continue reading…

The Neurology Of Near-Death Experiences

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I’ve never had a patient confess to having had a near-death experience (NDE), but recently I came across a fascinating book called The Spiritual Doorway in the Brain by Kevin Nelson, M.D. that reports as many as 18 million Americans may have had one.  If true, the odds are not only that some of my patients have been among them, but also some of my friends.  Which got me wondering:  just what does science have to tell us about their cause? Continue reading…