Soul, Psyche, Brain: New Directions in the Study of Religion and Brain-Mind Science / Edition 1

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Soul, Psyche, Brain is a collection of essays that address the relationships between neuroscience, religion and human nature. The book highlights some startling new developments in neuroscience that have many people rethinking spirituality, the mind-body connection, and cognition in general. Soul, Psyche, Brain explores questions like: What are the neurological effects of meditation and prayer? How does the mind develop psychological and spiritual self-awareness? And what are the practical implications of brain-mind science for religious faith and moral reasoning?
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"Soul, Psyche, Brain has successfully re-set the starting point for any serious interdisciplinary conversation on the topic of religion. By so doing, this book at once updates all parties, levels the intellectual playing field, and lays open new possibilities for collaborative research-both reflective and empirical-on the topic of religion across a broad range of disciplines."--Nina P. Azari, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Hawaii at Hilo

"Bulkeley provides a unique and valuable resource reporting from the cutting edges of the encounter between neuroscience and religion. Fields as diverse as emotion and dream studies, complexity theory, spiritual development, Christian and non-Christian theology--and more--contribute to the ferment. Those working in any or all of these areas will find here resources to stretch their mind."--Carol Rausch Albright, author of The Humanizing Brain: Where Religion and Neuroscience Meet

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403965080
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 11/12/2005
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Kelly Bulkeley teaches at the Graduate Theological Union and John F. Kennedy University. He is author of Dreams: A Reader (Palgrave Macmillan).

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Genes, brains, minds : the human complex 10
Ch. 2 Brain, mind, and spirit - a clinician's perspective, or why I am not afraid of dualism 36
Ch. 3 Psychoneurological dimensions of anomalous experience in relation to religious belief and spiritual practice 61
Ch. 4 Sacred emotions 93
Ch. 5 Where neurocognition meets the master : attention and metacognition in Zen 113
Ch. 6 From chaos to self-organization : the brain, dreaming, and religious experience 138
Ch. 7 Converting : toward a cognitive theory of religious change 159
Ch. 8 Cognitive science and Christian theology 174
Ch. 9 Overcoming an impoverished ontology : Candrakirti and the mind-brain problem 197
Ch. 10 Religion and brain-mind science : dreaming the future 219
Ch. 11 Religion out of mind : the ideology of cognitive science and religion 242
Ch. 12 Brain science on ethics : the neurobiology of making choices 262
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