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What research has been done to inspect whether there are connections between the spiritual and the physical?

Starting from the belief that spiritual does in fact exist, has there been any research done to discover what sort of provable effects and connections exist between the physical and/or mental aspects of human life? If so, what do they present? Are their any TED talks directed towards this?

I assume those interested would be those who study and are interested in the overlap of various studies such has cultural, medical, religious, and psychological, and their practical relationships. Potential experts this question is geared to are those in the field such as neuroscientists, psychologists, endocrinologist, physicians, religious workers, etc...

There of course is a starting bias that the spiritual does in fact exist, and in definition is different that the psychological, emotional, and physical.

Also related, what experiences have you had that proof or disprove the overlap of the spiritual with human life?


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    Jan 11 2013: Nothing comes to mind for me other than the fact that when you die, I have heard that a lot of DMT (which is often called the spirit molecule) is released in your brain. Maybe we go on a DMT trip that feels like forever when we die! Or maybe we just die, so there is no DMT trip. But hey, I don't know. I have no evidence of this. I don't know how science could prove or disprove an afterlife.
    • Jan 11 2013: Okay, thanks for your response. I have heard of, and read very little about, the DMT molecule. I wasn't hoping to have any discussions about the after life on this particular thread.
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        Jan 11 2013: Misread a part of your question , oops
    • Jan 11 2013: It is entirely possible that scientific methods could enlighten us to some extent. as an example, consider the possible assumption that "Consciousness" is a Field of energy, analogous to electricity. In that case, the afterlife question could be seen to be a pseudo-Problem, with no need to answer it. (No distinction between "Life and Afterlife"). It like talking about an electric motor : what happens to it's "Sprit" after it goes up in smoke from an overload.? Answer, Nothing. the "Electricity" goes back to Ground, and is constantly recycled.

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