Physiological Explanations

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Physiological Explanations
1 Focused on the function of various areas of the brain
1.1 Suggested that there are neuropsychological mechanisms which underlie religious experiences
1.1.1 Refer to the 'causal operator'
1.1.1.1 And the 'holistic operator' within the brain
1.1.1.1.1 These seem to show up on brain scans done on meditating buddhist monks
2 Counter Argument
2.1 The fact there is a physical dimension to religious experience need not lead us to reject the experience
2.1.1 All experiences can be reduced to a series of neurological blips that show up on the brain sans
2.1.1.1 However we don't doubt the reality of objects we see
2.1.1.1.1 Some thinkers have suggested our brains are constructed in such a way that we are almost wired up to experience God

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