National Psychedelic Radio
In a recent segment that aired on "All Things Considered," NPR religion correspondent Barbara Bradley Hagerty investigated the science of spirituality, or more accurately, the science of cognitive brain function in people who have had spiritual experiences.
Hagerty spent a year conducting research for her book, Fingerprints of God, in which she attempts to answer whether spiritual experiences are real or mere delusions of the mind. Excerpts of the book have been organized into a dense interactive website that is easily navigatable. What is notable is the fact the NPR, in airing this story, has brought attention to of a wide variety of spiritual experience, including those assisted by the ingestion of entheogens.
Hagerty’s journey takes her in and out of laboratories, examining the brain scans of monks and nuns, and into a Navajo teepee for a peyote ceremony, and back to the lab to uncover research about the life affirming benefits of LSD and psilocybin mushrooms. This is undeniably a positive step in the right direction, and in this writer’s opinion, visible evidence of a shift in popular consciousness.Tweet