Tuesday, June 6, 2006

Surfing And The Art Of Spiritual Neuroscience

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Surfers are often stereotyped as flakes, but a new book claims they’re actually proof humans are biologically hard-wired to seek God through extreme sports.

The book is called West Of Jesus: Surfing, Science And The Origins Of Belief (Bloomsbury) and author Steven Kotler details how a bout with Lyme disease led him on a surfing odyssey that taught him about mythology, spirituality and neuroscience.

Kotler claims, strangely enough, that the elder President George Bush was a big influence on his book.

In his words, “When Bush Sr. declared the ’90s the ‘Decade of the Brain,’ money flooded into neuroscience and spirituality.”

Kotler also explores how brain activity during extreme human endeavors such as surfing and “ecstatic mediation” by spiritual people are closely related biologically.

It’s not a simple subject, for sure, but Kotler claims a secret weapon.

He says, “Luckily, I’m not afraid to call brilliant people and say please explain this to me like I’m four years old.”

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