Neuroscience And Religion

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Overview

For religious persons, the notion of human being is tied inextricably to the notion of God (or the gods) and turns on this question: what is human being? How did we, with our almost infinite capacities for thought, change, and domination, come to be? Imbued with powers far beyond any other animal, humans are too faulty to be considered gods themselves. Yet, the idea of God (or the gods) appears in all distinctive human cultures: it names the other pole of human_it designates a being who realizes perfectly our imperfectly realized nature. With the rise of new sciences come ancient anxieties about how we should define human being. In the nineteenth century, electricity and magnetism fascinated experts and captivated the lay public. In the twenty-first century, advances in neuroscience open up vast new possibilities of mimicking, and perhaps emulating human being. In this book twelve scholars and scientists ask what_if anything_distinguishes Brain from Mind, and Mind from Self and Soul.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739133927
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables

1 Neuroscience and Religion: Brain, Mind, Self, and Soul Volney P. Gay Gay, Volney P. 1

2 A Conversation on Neuroscience and Religion Volney P. Gay Gay, Volney P. 19

3 Science, Religion, and Three Shades of Black Boxes Volney P. Gay Gay, Volney P. 37

4 Neuroscience, Theory of Mind, and the Status of Human-Level Truth Edward Slingerland Slingerland, Edward 67

5 Downward Causation and Religion Alicia Juarrero Juarrero, Alicia 109

6 Rapid Advances in Human Brain-Machine Interfacing: Ethical and Social Implications Michael Bess Bess, Michael 125

7 The Neuroscience of Religious Experience: An Introductory Survey Stephan Carlson Carlson, Stephan 153

8 Actions, Reasons, Neurons, and Causes Jeffrey D. Schall Schall, Jeffrey D. 175

9 Human Universals and Human Nature Thomas A. Gregor Gregor, Thomas A. 199

10 Religion, Science, and Cognition: Explorations in Pluralistic Integration Gary Jensen Jensen, Gary 217

11 The Little Divine Machine: The Soul/Body Problem Revisited John A. McCarthy McCarthy, John A. 241

12 Looking Forward: The Question of Brain, Mind, Self, and Soul Volney P. Gay Gay, Volney P. 271

Index 279

About the Contributors and Interviewees 285

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