God only in the brain

October 25, 2007

Searching for God in the Brain

Scientific American, Oct 07

“Researchers are unearthing the roots of religious feeling in the neural commotion that accompanies the spiritual epiphanies of nuns, Buddhists and other people of faith.”

“Although atheists might argue that finding spirituality in the brain implies that religion is nothing more than divine delusion, the nuns were thrilled by their brain scans for precisely the opposite reason: they seemed to provide confirmation of God’s interactions with them. After all, finding a cerebral source for spiritual experiences could serve equally well to identify the medium through which God reaches out to humanity. Thus, the nuns’ forays into the tubular brain scanner did not undermine their faith. On the contrary, the science gave them an even greater reason to believe.”

Confirmation bias, anyone?


Mysteries of the Brain

August 9, 2007

10 Unsolved Mysteries Of The Brain by David Eagleman, Discover Magazine

  1. How is information encoded in neural activity?
  2. How are memories stored and retrieved?
  3. What does the baseline activity in the brain represent?
  4. How do brains simulate the future?
  5. What are emotions?
  6. What is intelligence?
  7. How is time represented in the brain?
  8. Why do brains sleep and dream?
  9. How do the specialized systems of the brain integrate with one another?
  10. What is consciousness?

Not really much to do with critical thinking, but interesting nevertheless.

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