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Where God lives : the science of the paranormal and how are brains are linked to the universe
Morse, Melvin.
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New York, N.Y. : Cliff Street Books, [2000]

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190 pages ; 22 cm
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"Dr. Morse, what are near death experiences good for, anyway?"

This question, asked by a young patient, sent a curious medical doctor down a path of discovery to investigate the many aspects of this most intriguing subject.

Is there proof that "near death" and other spiritual experiences can cure afflictions of the body, mind, and spirit? Are there simple ways to tap into a "universal power source" that spiritual masters call enlightenment? Is there scientific evidence of life after death that is being overlooked by skeptics? Is there scientific proof of a "God Module," a spot in our brains that communicates with God and the universe?

Melvin Morse believes the answer to all these questions is yes. He presents his research in a clear and methodical book that sheds new light on the links between science and mysticism.

Where God Lives not only reveals the area of the brain that is our biological link to the universe, it shows us the secret of tapping into the universal energy to achieve healing, personal peace, and transcendence.

In Where God Lives, Morse reveals his own experiences of the divine. By observing and interviewing hundreds of children who have had near death experiences, he was able to cure his own life-threatening disease with the spiritual lessons he learned.

Filled with moving case histories, Where God Lives applies the rigor of science to the study of the spiritual and concludes that here is an unseen-but not unreachable-power that guides us all.

Author Notes

Paul Perry attended Arizona State University and received a fellowship from the Freedom Forum Foundation at Columbia University in 1988. He taught magazine writing at the University of Oregon and was Executive Editor at American Health magazine. He is the co-author with Melvin Morse of Closer to the Light, Transformed by the Light, and Where God Lives, which won the 2002 Aleph Award for the best spiritual book published that year in France. His work has appeared in numerous publications including National Geographic Adventure, Ladies Home Journal, Rolling Stone, Men's Journal, and Reader's Digest.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

From years of working with children who have had near-death experiences, Morse knows that mystical occurrences have a profound and positive effect on people's lives. He and Perry have written two previous books on this subject, and here take a scientific approach to understanding our relationship with God by focusing on the brain's right temporal lobe. Morse believes that this portion of the brain interfaces directly with the universe, and calls it the "God Spot." An area of unlimited potential, the right temporal lobe, the authors explain, is receptive to information found in patterns of energy emanating from the universal mind. The source of intuition and psychic talents, this area is latent in most people because these abilities have been dismissed as superstition and overruled by the left brain, or rational mind. The authors do not attempt to prove or explain how the "God Spot" works, but they do give many examples of how this area can be stimulated, not just through mystical experiences, but also deliberately, through simple, time-honored acts such as prayer and meditation, with inspiring results. --David Siegfried

Publisher's Weekly Review

Morse, a pediatrician who wrote with Perry the popular Closer to the Light and Transformed by the Light, offers what he believes to be a new understanding of spiritual experience, one that comes from his study of near-death experiences, or NDEs. His observation of hundreds of critically ill children who've survived NDEs leads him to conclude that these children are spiritually more settled than others: "They trust their intuitions and feel they can connect again with the divine presence they saw when they nearly died." Drawing on scientific evidence, Morse details how the right temporal lobe of the brain, or the "God spot," enables people to develop their sense of self and find greater fulfillment: "As one child who nearly died of bacterial meningitis described it, `It's the light that told me who I was and where I was to go.'" The concludes that prayer would be the most likely means by which a well person could stimulate the right temporal lobe. Once a self-described mainstream-medical skeptic, Morse decides to test his theory ("I included in my prayer that I had to have the answer within a twenty-four-hour period. That way there would be a clear end point, and I wouldn't have to wonder if events during the next several days could be interpreted as God's answer to my question"). Though exuberant in sharing his beliefs, Morse also demonstrates the restraint of a veteran man of science, which will help to make his claims more convincing to those who consulted his earlier works. Agent, Nat Sobel. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved