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6 edition of The God Part of the Brain found in the catalog.

The God Part of the Brain

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  • 35 Currently reading

Published by Rogue Press .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Psychology,
  • Alternate Spirituality,
  • Neuropsychology,
  • Parapsychology - Near-Death Experience,
  • Spirituality - General,
  • Near death experiences,
  • Psychology of Religion,
  • Religion / Psychology of Religion

  • The Physical Object
    FormatPaperback
    Number of Pages181
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL8531997M
    ISBN 100966036700
    ISBN 109780966036701

    Iranian Journal of Neurology, 13 152— Cognitive traits are very similar to other traits, and are inherited. Readers of Dawkins, Harris, Dennett, Pinker, Buss, and Ridley will find a startlingly original take on well-worn premises which support the human origins of god-belief. The one who would ignore the cheerleaders at halftime because he was off on some verbal odyssey, searching for an answer to "How do we know we exist? Therefore, it was necessary to develop laws and moral codes, and the penal system. It shows the poverty of reductionist thinking.

    Huxley used it mainly in a philosophical context. Never again will we undergo the same conscious experience. Therefore, it was necessary to develop laws and moral codes, and the penal system. This is where Alper almost lost me a second time, as he again raises the question of Kantian subjectivity. True believers are often a chosen people, and this its practice will lead to salvation when lives of nonbelievers will not. Vulnerable people such as the recently divorced are often targeted by the ministries of Evangelicals and others.

    Clarkeeminent theologian Harvey Coxand the Dalai Lama and sparked a new interest in the field. Alper tries to explain how our brains developed the believe of God. I think Alper should have dealt with this question in the beginning of the book and been done with it. Light discussion of problem of induction, without reference to Hume. The Guilt and Morality Functions this chapter is a kind of review of what Dawkins and Pinker discussed in The Selfish Gene and The Blank Slate morality arose as animals moved from solitary living to becoming social species.


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The God Part of the Brain by Matthew Alper Download PDF Ebook

Alper's tome should be placed in the sacred writings section of libraries, bookstores, and dwellings throughout the world.

What God does to your brain

What is science? The human psyche hates any form of cognitive dissonance — or challenge to ingrained beliefs — and so scientists think the struggles through which born-again Christians go in order to overcome their old modes of thinking cause severe stress to their brains.

PZ Myers argues: "It's a pump. The research uses the self-transcendence scale developed by psychologist Robert Cloninger to quantify spirituality using three sub-scales: "self-forgetfulness" as in the tendency to become totally absorbed in some activity, The God Part of the Brain book as reading ; "transpersonal identification" a feeling of connectedness to a larger universe ; and "mysticism" an openness to believe things that remain unproven, such as ESP.

In order to compensate for this debilitating awareness, nature was going to have to modify our animals cognitive processing in such a way that we would be able to survive our unique awareness of death…as generations of these proto-humans passed, The God Part of the Brain book whose cerebral constitutions most effectively dealt with the anxiety resulting from their awareness of death were most apt to survive.

Now imagine that placed between us and this pure reflection is a series of invisible lenses, ones that will distort our otherwise unadulterated view in some way.

Sayadmansour A Neurotheology: The relationship between brain and religion. It was noted that religious people, in general, have a lower risk of anxiety and depression.

Research shows that religious beliefs can improve mental and emotional health. Anyone can use a weapon to kill anyone else. Ramachandran was able to show that patients with TLE showed enhanced emotional responses to the religious words, diminished responses to the sexually charged words, and normal responses to the neutral words.

As further evidence of the instinctual nature of a cat's capacity to meow, were we to take a newborn kitten away from its mother at birth and raise it by humans, it will still grow up to meow thus proving that meowing is not The God Part of the Brain book learned behavior but one that is inherited, a built -in reflex.

In order to identify some of the specific genes involved in self-transcendence, Hamer analyzed DNA and personality score data from over 1, individuals and identified one particular locus, VMAT2, with a significant correlation. The association of abstract ideas and brain reward circuitry may interact with frontal attentional and emotive salience processing, suggesting a mechanism whereby doctrinal concepts may come to be intrinsically rewarding and motivate behavior in religious individuals.

This reveals itself as a tactic to play to the undecided, spiritual, or mystically inclined reader. But then he began to question science, and whether reality could be truly investigated at all: …no matter how much faith one places in science, he must realize that at no time can it ever represent anything more than just another belief system, just another way by which humans can choose to interpret reality…Who, for instancecould say with total assuredness that his experiences are anything other than an illusion or a dream?

Spiritual concerns inner life, religious concerns ritual and social aspects. But if Newberg and his colleagues are correct, such experiences are not proof of being touched by a supreme being, but mere blips in brain chemistry. Much of this ground also covered in The Blank Slate.

According to McKinney's theory, pre-frontal development, in humans, creates an illusion of chronological time as a fundamental part of normal adult cognition past the age of three.

A search on the citation indexing service provided by Institute for Scientific Information returns five articles. Newberg says he could scan the brain when it's sensing apple pie and show a pattern of activity.

Furthermore, socialization and rituals form the cornerstones of a religion and its followers. According to US molecular geneticist Dr Dean Hamer, subjects with this gene were more susceptible to self-transcendent, spiritual experiences.

Journal of psychopharmacology. Also covered by looking at the list of human universals in The Blank Slate. Alper sums up by proposing that if we can show a person that they have a built-in perceptual alteration, they may be able to learn to correct for it. The discipline studies the cognitive neuroscience of religious experience and spirituality.

Ramachandran presented two subjects with neutral, sexually arousing and religious words while measuring GSR. Since our evolutionary response to danger in the moment is fight or flight, there must be a corollary in terms of self reflection and future planning: it is anxiety Our fear of death, and our constant reflection on death leads to a natural reflex toward anxiety.

The self-transcendence measure was shown to be heritable by classical twin studies conducted by Lindon Eaves and Nicholas Martin. At the same time, the parietal lobe - the part that helps you locate yourself in relation to your environment - goes dark and quiet.

We should stop teaching our young to only honor and respect those with whom they share the same religious ideology. This is what the new science of neurotheology is aiming to study.Aug 19,  · The tools have also become much more advanced, including a variety of brain imaging capabilities, for exploring the relationship between the brain and various cognitive, emotional, and behavioral processes (i.e.

“photographs of God” 7). Theology has also changed over time. In a very strict sense, theology is the study of magicechomusic.com by: 7. The "God" Part of the Brain Matthew Alper wrote The "God" Part of the Brain from the evolutionary point of view.

Alper tries to explain how our brains developed the believe of God. Nov 19,  · First, there is no single part of the brain which is “responsible” for an individual’s relationship with their God/s. Like any emotionally intense human experience, religious experiences involves multiple parts and systems of the brain.

Several experiments with the use of brain scanners confirm this point of view.The ""God"" Part of the Brain: A Scientific Interpretation of Human Spirituality and God Matthew Alper, Author Sourcebooks $ (p) ISBN Buy this book.Website for Matthew Alper's book which suggests that 'humans are innately hard-wired to perceive a spiritual reality'.

The "God" Part of The Brain The "God" Part.Mar 10,  · Scientists searching for the ebook "God spot", which is supposed to control religious belief, believe that there is not just one but several areas of the brain .