Dr. Kevin Nelson is a world renown neurologist who currently is a professor at the University of Kentucky. His new book, published last month, is one of the very best yet on the scientific examination of the spiritual experience.
It is 326 pages, with generous end notes, cited references chapter by chapter, and a complete index. Close examination of near-death experiences are often the subject, and Dr. Nelson has over thirty years experience investigating them. This book is for those who also enjoy reading the works of Antonio Damasio and Oliver Sacks and Joseph Le Doux. It is science but presented in a form that makes it easy for general readers to comprehend.
One of the cases he could have discussed (but didn't) was that of Harvard trained brain scientist, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, who experienced a massive stroke who wrote of her unexpected spiritual experiences in a memoir entitled My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey. Like the scientists mentioned above, Dr. Taylor has appeared on the Charlie Rose Show and the interviews are well worth watching. I especially enjoy Rose's continuing series on the advances in brain science.