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A Neurobiological Approach to an Evaluative System for Spirituality and Peaceful Living

Jeffery J. Davis


This essay is intended to clarify how the different aspects and dimensions, both internal and external, may in the life of a human being influence the organisation of the brain systems at a neurobiological level. The emphasis for the purpose of this essay is made on the development of an evaluative system in the orbito-frontal cortex and its intimate relationship with the limbic system in the process of emotions, both in verbal and non-verbal communication. Before I endeavour to explore the implications of the statement that the development of the brain in early life is experience dependent, I consider it important to introduce you to a series of scientific theories and hypotheses that may support putting into perspective, the complexity and different dimensions involved in the scientific approach to this statement. These scientific findings may help to bridge the gap and understanding of the dynamic relationship between the spiritual and physical domains, namely: Karl Pribram’s ‘Holonomic Brain Theory’, Rupert Sheldrake’s ‘Morphic Resonance Theory’, Gary Schwartz and Linda Russek’s ‘Systemic Memory Hypothesis’, James Austin’s research and writings in the book “Zen and the Brain”, Turner and Fauconnier’s ‘Conceptual Blending Theory’ and recent findings on psychophysiological correlates of spiritual experience. Secondly, I will mention briefly a distinct mode of physiological functioning termed ‘Psychophysiological Coherence’ linked to sustained positive emotions in the human being and the by-products related to this of: empathy, telepathy, remote viewing, and the constant awareness and recognition of the continuous flow of synchronistic events. Finally, I will propose some ideas for further research, in the approach of scientifically gathering evidence and validating the above-mentioned statement.

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ISSN: 2153-8212