Michael A. Persinger
Departments of Psychology and Biology, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada Canada
Director of Laurentian University's Consciousness Research Laboratory. Notable for his work in the field of neurotheology. Michael A. Persinger is a cognitive neuroscience researcher and university professor with over 200 peer-reviewed publications. He is primarily notable for his experimental work in the field of neurotheology, work which has come under increasing fire in recent years. Much of his work focuses on the commonalities that exist between the sciences, and aims to integrate fundamental concepts of various branches of science. In 1974 Persinger proposed that extremely low frequency electromagnetic waves may be able to carry telepathic and clairvoyant information. Persinger has published reports of rudimentary 'telepathic' communication between pairs of subjects in the laboratory. He has also published increases in remote viewing accuracy of remote viewer Ingo Swann. During the 1980s he stimulated people's temporal lobes artificially with a weak magnetic field to see if he could induce a religious state. He claimed that the field could produce the sensation of "an ethereal presence in the room".
Paula L. Corradini
Advanced Human Neuroanantomy Research Group, Behavioural Neuroscience Program, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada Canada
Alexandra L. Clement
Behavioural Neuroscience Program, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada Canada
NeuroTheology and Its Convergence with NeuroQuantology
Michael A. Persinger, Paula L. Corradini, Alexandra L. Clement, Colleen C. Keaney, Mason L. MacDonald, Leah I. Meltz, Nirosha J. Murugan, Maxime R. Poirier, Kory A. Punkkinen, Melissa C. Rossini, Samantha E. Thompson
The principles of neuroscience assume and predict that all experiences are generated by brain activity as a consequence of structural patterns. A convergence of methodologies and measurements indicate that religious/mystical experiences and beliefs associated with them are predictable phenomena. The central roles of the right hemisphere, specifically the temporal lobe, and the chemistry, structure, and gene sequences that affect this region’s electrical sensitivity and intercalation with the left hemisphere are reviewed. The precarious consequences of the enmeshment between the neuronal networks that mediate the survival of the self and moral judgments are considered. The neuroquantological bases to the cellular activity that mediates these experiences suggest an imminent change in paradigm that will alter the manner in which we perceive ourselves and our relationship to the universe.