OcTavO wrote:Incidentally, there was an interesting episode of "Morgan Freeman's Through the Wormhole" on the science channel the other day, where a neuroscientist (I forget which institute) has created a helmet which focuses a weak magnetic field on a particular area of the temporal lobe. When the helmet is turned on the subjects experienced, well, basically a closeness to the divine. What makes it even more interesting is that by altering the field he can also create sensations of hell/flames etc.
I never heard of the hellfire, but the 'spiritual' center is at this point very well documented. You can gain more insight on it here: http://www.ted.com/talks/jill_bolte_tay ... sight.html
It is certainly true that we have more than 5 senses: besides touch, taste, sight, sound, and smell we can add: Pain, proprioception, balance, direction / electromagnetic fields, and many less glorious senses such as blood vessel stretch and chemoreceptors throughout the body. Its recently been discovered that affectionate touch is its own sense, distinct from regular touch. dealt with via different pathways in different parts of the brain.
It is my *hunch* that the 'spiritual center' handles sensory input, and that there really is something real that connects us. Watch the above link and note where she says we are 'beings of energy'. I think thats because we truly are. Not God involved or necessary, I just think that really jives with the science. And my understanding of Buddhism, too!