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Contradictions : Neuroscience and Religion - Jose M. Musacchio

Contradictions

Neuroscience and Religion

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Published: 23rd May 2012
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"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: "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)

Introduction.- The Universality of Religious Beliefs.- The Contradictions and Consequences of Religious Beliefs.- The Evolution of Human Ancestors.- The Most Amazing Window on Human Nature.- Why Qualia and Consciousness Seem Mysterious.- The Word-Grounding Problem and the Incompleteness of Language.- The Roots of Knowledge.- Abstract and Imaginary Objects.- Nature Is Logical, Because Logic Is Natural.- Faith and the Validation of Beliefs.- Contradictory Beliefs or "Schizodoxia" is a Poor Mechanism of Adaptation.

ISBN: 9783642271977
ISBN-10: 3642271979
Series: Springer Praxis Books / Popular Science
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 218
Published: 23rd May 2012
Dimensions (cm): 24.4 x 17.0  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.353