Neuroscience: Consciousness, Death, and Meaning in the Universe http://mys.tc/2fs
God Spot Revisited: Is Spirituality Evolved Brain Function? http://mys.tc/2fa
The Origins of Racism: Where does racism come from? http://mys.tc/2dc
Brain Damage linked to Spirituality and Religious Fundamentalism http://mys.tc/29v
Recent studies have shed light onto our religious drives, linking religious belief and spirituality with brain damage.
Do you think the link between brain damage and religiosity premises a conclusion that god is all in the mind?
Technology that taps into a soldier’s thought patterns could soon see action on the battlefield. But some worry about its future applications.
Is it more troubling that they are attempting to merge man and machine, or that the first application of it is in warfare?
‘More than half of adult Americans report they have had a spiritual experience that changed their lives. Now, scientists from universities like Harvard, Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins are using new technologies to analyze the brains of people who claim they have touched the spiritual — from Christians who speak in tongues to Buddhist monks to people who claim to have had near-death experiences. Hear what they have discovered in this controversial field, as the science of spirituality continues to evolve.’
‘A hot topic for several thousand years, the question of whether free will exists may never be settled to everyone’s satisfaction. But in a series of new articles for the Chronicles of Higher Education, six academics from diverse fields offer fresh perspectives from the standpoints of modern neuroscience and philosophy. Ultimately, they voted 4-2 in favor of the position that free will is merely an illusion.’
‘It matters what we believe and why we believe it. Not just in terms of religious identification, not just for deciding what and how we do things in our day-to-day lives, but also in relation to politics. Take such monumental policy decisions as those regarding health care, or the military. Do we go with what we feel is right and wrong, or—as is the more commonly understood basis for such policy decisions—do we do what will be best for the most people? How about suicide bombers? Why are they willing to lose their lives for their beliefs? Now, we can begin to better understand the mechanisms of such decisions by combining expertise in religion, philosophy, neuroscience, psychology, economics, and even genetics.’
Read more: Where Do ‘Sacred’ Values Live in the Brain?
The Neuroscience of the Bar Mitzvah http://mys.tc/1ib judaism religion science anthropology