What is spirituality? What kinds of experiences are considered to be spiritual? What does it mean to “be” spiritual? Are there neurological sites of spiritual activity? Is spirituality a form of intelligence? If so, how might it be defined and measured? Does it enhance emotional and physical health, psychological development, and moral and ethical awareness? These and related questions are at the heart of a burgeoning conversation among psychologists, religious scholars, and neuroscientists who are seeking to understand the role of spirituality in human evolution.

Spiritual experiences are complex phenomena with cognitive, emotional, biological, cultural, and religious components. These kinds of experiences are ubiquitous and have been reported in every culture and era. They are extremely diverse and unavoidably subject to individual interpretation. Some involve ...

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