Religion: Mysticism in the Laboratory

THE saints of organized religion have lost influence in recent years, but the kind of religious experience usually associated with saints is being rediscovered in the laboratory. A husband-and-wife team of experimental psychologists in a New York City research center has concluded on the basis of hundreds of experiments with normal, healthy persons that "the brain-mind system has a built-in contact point with what is experienced as God, fundamental reality, or the profoundly sacred."

At their Foundation for Mind Research, a unique center devoted to the new "science of consciousness," Dr. Robert...

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