The Zen of Pain

The Zen of Pain

Can pain elevate us to a higher state of conscious? Can we find peace and forgiveness with self-inflicted cuts and lashes? Join Robert and Julie as they raise the lantern of science to the humanity's longstanding quest for liberation through physical suffering.

Image Caption: An Afghan Shiite Muslim man beats himself with chains and knives during Ashura at a Shiite mosque in Kabul on December 27, 2009. Ashura is a period of mourning in remembrance of the seventh-century martyrdom of Prophet Mohammad's grandson Imam Hussein who was killed in a battle in Karbala in Iraq, in 680 AD. (MASSOUD HOSSAINI/AFP/Getty Images)

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Topics in this Podcast: neuroscience, pain, psychology, religion