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The ‘God Helmet’ and neuro-spirituality : the pedagogical ramifications for religious and moral education

Shahab, Syed Alwi (2015) The ‘God Helmet’ and neuro-spirituality : the pedagogical ramifications for religious and moral education. In: International Conference on Modern Approaches in Humanities, 21-22 Dec 2015, Kuala Lumpur. (In Press)

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Abstract

What if we could recreate a religious experience by simply flipping a switch in the brain? What if we could produce the feeling that someone or something is watching over us on demand? According to neuroscientific research conducted with The God Helmet, this may be possible. The God Helmet is the popular name given to a laboratory apparatus called the “Koren Helmet”, after Stanley Koren of Laurentian University’s Neuroscience Department, who built it for Dr. M.A. Persinger, director of the programme. Used as a research tool to investigate the brain's role in religious and mystic experiences, the Koren Helmet has been given the name God Helmet. A few Journalists gave it this name when they learned that some people had visions of God while participating in Koren Helmet experiments. The Koren Helmet is connected to a PC computer through a 'black box' which cycles the signals through four coils on each side of the head over the temporal lobes of the brain. The temporal lobes are the area of the brain many researchers feel is the source of spiritual and religious experiences. The hypothetical question is: Can the God Helmet be used to improve the quality of moral or religious education? This paper discusses this question and suggests a possible line of research to investigate this issue further. [Keywords: God Helmet; neuro-spirituality; moral education; religious education; technology and religion.]

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Plenary Papers)
Additional Information: 5126/49572
Uncontrolled Keywords: God Helmet; neuro-spirituality; moral education; religious education;technology and religion.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF180 Experimental psychology
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Education
Depositing User: DR. SYED ALWI SHAHAB
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2016 11:44
Last Modified: 11 May 2016 14:11
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/49572

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