Film: “Mystical Brain”

Brain scans of Carmelite nuns

Brain scans of Carmelite nuns

Disclaimer! I apologize in advance if I am wrong but I am not 100% certain of the premise of this film. It seems to be more biased than the other ones posted here on in that either the researchers or the film-makers involved (probably the latter) might have certain religious predispositions on how things really do or should be seen to work. And that translates into somewhat liberal use of language in the film. Nevertheless, not a bad one to watch about trying to conduct neuroscienctific studies on emotional experiences that are extremely hard to quantify. This time most of the people in subjected to EEG and MRI scans are Carmelite nuns.

Video itself: where I found it says this:

“Filmmaker Isabelle Raynauld offers up scientific research that suggests that mystical ecstasy is a transformative experience.

It could contribute to people’s psychic and physical health, treat depression and speed up the healing process when combined with conventional medicine.

This documentary reveals the exploratory work of a team from the University of Montreal who seek to understand the states of grace experienced by mystics and those who meditate. In French with English subtitles.”

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