"Contradictions" is a general interest book that exposes the incompatibility between popular religious beliefs and the scientific view of human nature.ÿIt analyzes why qualia and consciousness seem mysterious, but are understandable from the neuroscience perspective. It explains that imaginary and abstracts objects such as Mickey Mouse and Euclidean triangles, numbers and all hypothetical objects are actually physically realized in our brains.ÿAn apparently confusing subject is that objects of supernatural nature do not exist, but when we imagine them, they are physically represented in our brains. The most common and pernicious mistake is that of believing that we have a supernatural soul.ÿUnfortunately, Descartes was not a physician, or he might have thought differently upon observing the disintegration of the soul which is so painfully evident in brain diseases.ÿBased on his experience of brain disease and mind-changing drugs, Dr. Musacchio explains how the idea of a supernatural soul conflicts with the findings of neurobiology.ÿHe makes here an important contribution - from a new angle - to the active debate about religion in the modern world.
From the reviews: "Professor Musacchio's book Contradictions was for me an immensely readable and enlightening survey of philosophical issues tackled from the point of a view of a trained neurologist. ... Musacchio's book represents a commendable first attempt at a more interdisciplinary approach to philosophy of mind and neuroscience ... . Anyone interested in a fresh and well-founded theory of qualia, semantics, and even religious experiences would do well to pick up Professor Musacchio's book." (Philosophy, Religion and Science Book Reviews, bookinspections.wordpress.com, May, 2014) "The author describes how complex networks of neural connections produce all human experiences, from simple motor movements to one's encounters with a transcendent reality. The strength of the author's arguments resides in an engaging series of case studies that help readers connect neurophysiological principles to how individuals 'experience' their brains. ... the book is a valuable addition to the science and religion debate. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through researchers/faculty." (J. A. Hewlett, Choice, Vol. 50 (7), March, 2013)
Series: Springer Praxis Books / Popular Science
Number Of Pages: 214
Published: 23rd May 2012
Dimensions (cm): 24.4 x 17.0 x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.35