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Michael Persinger

There's a seeker born every minute. dmn at kepler.unh.edu
Thu Sep 23 14:54:06 EST 1993

    A few years back, I read an article in _Omni_ (yes, I know, the 
national inquirer of science...) about Michael A. Persinger, a neuroscientist
from Canada (Univ. of the Laurentians?). Persinger claims that he
can induce mystical or quasi-mystical states in patients via magnetic 
stimulation of their temporal lobes. He believes mystical experiences are
caused by micro-seizures in the brain. A book of his detailing this theory
is _Neuropsychological (or physiological) Bases of God Beliefs_. 

    Have any neurologists or psychologists heard of this man? Is he a 
reputable neurologist? A quack? Is he ever referenced by others in the
field? Does anyone know if he's still researching this sort of thing?  
Any recent (1992 - present) articles by or about him in the journals?



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