Have you ever had a born again experience? Or thought your “astral body” projected out of your physical form? How about psychic or “near death” experiences? Are these experiences indicative of a soul or invisible self, or are they simply physical experiences that are the product of our brains and biological evolution?
Some scientists, like Dr. Andrew Newberg, have been studying what happens with the brain during prayer, meditation and chanting. Newberg calls his study “neurotheology,” telling National Public Radio, “For those individuals who want to go down the path of arguing that all of our religious and spiritual experiences are nothing more than biological phenomena, some of this data does support that kind of a conclusion,” Newberg says. “But the data also does not specifically eliminate the notion that there is a religious or spiritual or divine presence in the world.”
More recently, a study by neuroscientist and philosopher Joshua Greene and colleagues at Harvard University revealed that analytical thinking creates a small shift away from religious belief … but other studies suggest that by default, the human brain is wired for religion.
Joining us to share their studies about the role of the brain and the subjective, religious/spiritual experiences are Matthew Facciani, Cognitive Neuroscience PhD Candidate, and Christopher Loren, author of unSpirituality: Permission to be Human.
Matt is a PhD candidate in cognitive neuroscience at the University of South Carolina. He completed his undergraduate education at Westminster College, PA receiving a B.A. in Psychology with honors. Once Facciani completes his PhD, he plans to obtain a post-doctoral fellowship furthering his cognitive neuroscience research and become a college professor. Matt has presented his research at various scientific venues, and has given talks for general public audiences on topics including neuroscience, psychology, religion, and feminism. He recently gave presentations about the psychology and neuroscience of religious belief to the University of South Carolina, Illinois State University, and the Freethought Society of the Midlands.
Christopher’s interests lie in the subjective area of human experience as a natural phenomenon. He argues against the definitions handed down through esoteric traditions and his book, unSpirituality, is a reminder of our biological, evolutionary progress in the natural world. His work is a reminder of who we are in the natural world and a call to stand up and be proud to be human without the spiritual story. Robert Mark, Ph.D, who wrote the forward to Loren’s book, tells us, “Christopher’s treatise is a battering ram against the doors of illusion, repression, subjugation and subservience to the religious conspirators, religious mega-corporations, and religious power-seekers of our time.”
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Unfortunately for you that's not a scholarly website. The hypothesis that Jesus is based upon the figures from other religions has long since been debsdd, Some Link
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